Ever wondered about that dipstick with colourful squares on it? The typical one has two squares, one for testing glucose, and one for testing protein. The more complex dipstick also tests for nitrates, white cells and ketones. Your LMC will be able to tell you the result immediately.
Having protein in your urine when pregnant is normal, because your kidneys are working harder. However, it may also mean that you’re fighting a minor infection. It may also be an early sign of pre-eclampsia, a potentially dangerous condition that needs immediate attention. Symptoms of pre-eclampsia include headaches, blurring or flashing vision, sudden swelling of your face, hands and feet.
Nitrates and white cells may also be a sign of an infection. Sugar in your urine can indicate gestational diabetes, and if your LMC has any concerns, you will be referred for further tests.
Ketones are produced when the body starts breaking down fat for energy. This can happen when you’re not getting enough carbohydrates and are losing weight. If ketones are present in combination with sugar, it could be a sign of diabetes.
If you notice a dark vertical line going from her belly button down, that’s the linea nigra. It was always there, but now it’s painted darker by the pregnancy hormones, the same ones that may have darkened her areolas. The pigmentation will disappear after the baby is born.
Hopefully you like all kinds of vegetables, because this week you’re a cauliflower, or at least the size of a cauliflower head. You can now open and close your eyes, and you sleep and wake up at regular intervals.