31 Weeks

After going through another week of gestational diabetes, I’ve learned that I just can’t control my morning fasting glucose levels.  They are suppose to be under 95 but they have consistently been between 101-116.  So the doctor put me on medication.  I’m on Glyburide 2.5 mg to be taken at night just before I go to bed.  It has helped lower my blood glucose levels in the range they want it to be (below 95).   My morning levels have been in the 70’s.

I still have to severely limit my carbs during my meals so my blood sugar doesn’t spike above 120 – 2 hours after a meal.   I am always hungry for carbs, and I have minimal energy.  What I wouldn’t give for a nice hot cup of coffee with cream and sugar.  That will give me energy.  But I’m sticking to this diet… even after baby is born.

The good news is that my belly is measuring exactly at 31 weeks so the weight of the baby is perfectly normal for 31 weeks.  So far so good.  Hopefully I can deliver on my due date (April 28th)  but I don’t believe they will let me go any later than that because of my gestational diabetes.  So, no overdue baby for me.

The problem I’m going to have is the class I’m taking this semester…  One of my oral presentations is on April 28th (my due date) … and then my final oral presentation is a week after that.  I might still be in the hospital at that time, or the baby might still be in the hospital so I won’t go to class if that’s the case.  I will have to talk to the teacher and see if she will allow me to make a video presentation instead.  This is my very last class before I graduate and I will be furious if they don’t let me pass this class.  I’m doing the best I can.

Baby is moving all over the place right now :)  I’m so grateful that she is doing well and her heartbeat is still strong.  Praying she will stay in my tummy for as long as she safely can.

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What baby looks like at 31 weeks…

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This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. She weighs about 3 1/3 pounds (about the size of a coconut) and is heading into a growth spurt. She can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin. She’s probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby’s kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

 

30 Weeks

This week has been a week of milestones and life changes for me.  I am now 30 WEEKS PREGNANT!  10 more weeks to go!  Let the countdown begin.  Also, I am now diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.

Remember in my previous post, I mentioned that I had to go to the hospital to take a 3-hour glucose test.   In the beginning of the test, before you even drink the Glucola, they test your fasting glucose level.  This tells them how much sugar is in your blood after 8 hours of fasting – no food, only water.  The normal number should be under 90 … mine was 134.  Because it was so high… I couldn’t even continue with the test.  They sent me home.

A few long and agonizing days later, the doctor finally called to say I have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and I have to go to a Diabetes Education class to learn how to use a Glucometer (a device that pricks your finger to test for blood sugar) and learn how to change my diet.  The doctor doesn’t want to put me on medication right away.  They always want to try to lower my blood sugar levels with diet first.

I’ve been logging all my meals and I’ve been following sample gestational diabetes meal plans. I have to test my fasting glucose first thing in the morning, and test again  2 hours after every meal. So, I’m testing my blood 4 times a day. The nurse said that my morning fasting blood glucose should be 95 or below.  2 hours after each meal it should be below 120.  My glucose levels have been within the normal range usually after every meal… the only issue I’m having is higher than normal fasting blood glucose in the morning. Every morning.  I am suppose to be below 95… and it has consistently been in the low 100’s (between 101-116.)  I have adjusted my meals before bed and have done everything I’m told to do but I can’t control my fasting glucose number.

The nurse said that if I have continuous high fasting glucose levels, they would most likely have to prescribe medication for that because fasting glucose numbers are the only numbers that you can’t really control by diet.  I’ve also read that pregnant women that have high fasting glucose numbers will most likely still be diabetic after pregnancy.  Usually the diabetes goes away for most women after pregnancy because your body’s demand for extra insulin for you and the baby is not necessary after birth… so the body’s blood sugar levels drop back down to normal and you’re not diabetic anymore.  But for me, I don’t think this will be the case.

Extra sugar in my blood crosses the placenta and gives baby girl more sugar than needed.  That extra sugar is converted to fat.  This leads to bigger babies when moms have gestational diabetes.  There is a higher risk of complications during delivery for baby and mom if the baby is too big. I asked the nurse if I’ll need an ultrasound to determine the weight of the baby. She said that it is not necessary right now. In fact, all they need to do is measure my belly at every baby check-up. If my belly is too big, then they will schedule an ultrasound to better determine baby’s weight.  She also said right now is way too early to even know if I would need a c-section or not (if the baby is too big.) Hopefully I will be able to deliver on my own now that I am closely monitoring my glucose levels, have changed my diet and will start medication quickly if needed.

The baby may have low blood glucose after she’s born. This is because she would be used to the extra sugar in the womb and her body is trying to produce the extra insulin needed to control her own blood sugar in the womb. Once out of the womb, she will no longer be getting that steady stream of sugar and her blood sugar may drop too low than what she’s used to. She will need to be closely monitored after delivery to make sure her blood sugar levels aren’t too low.  If it is, they can fix it by giving her some sugar water.  I too will have my blood sugar checked right after delivery… then again at about 12 weeks post delivery to see if the diabetes is gone. I have a feeling I may still be diabetic after I deliver. I will keep logging my blood sugar and meals after delivery so the doctor will already have a clear picture of what’s going on with me once I’m tested again in 12 weeks.

This adjustment has been lots of work and takes so much time.  I have to measure out my food and log every meal. I have to count the carbs for everything I eat.  I always have to remember to eat at the right times.  After meals I can’t continue nibbling on something because I have to wait 2 hours to test my blood sugar.  Every fingertip is sore and bruised now from all of the finger sticks when testing.  I have been having a hard time getting the small beads of blood to enter the test strip and I have to keep sticking myself until I finally succeed.  It has become so frustrating and mentally draining.

I’ve lost weight.  Before diagnosis I had finally reached a weight of 160.  I am now 154.  I weigh less than my pre-pregnancy weight. Doctors don’t want you to lose weight in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy.  No doubt the low-carb diet has affected my weight, but I wonder if the stress hasn’t also made me lose weight.

Last night I had a dream that I was trying to test my blood sugar but no blood would come out of my fingers.  I had to keep poking myself and I was crying from the pain.  I started poking myself everywhere trying to get blood to come out and I just kept crying and crying.   The stress is definitely getting to me.  This is a physically and emotionally hard adjustment to make.  Please keep me in your prayers.

I just have to remember that God is in control.  “We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him.”  Romans 8:28

 

30 weeks belly pic…

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What baby looks like at 30 weeks…

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Your baby’s about 15.7 inches long now and weighs almost 3 pounds (about the size of a large cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will shrink as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after she’s born, she’ll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

 

We did a little shopping for baby over the weekend.  Faith had fun :)

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29 Weeks

Lots of news to share with you all this week.  I had my 1-hour glucose test done, and I failed it :(   After drinking the Glucola drink (that has 50 grams of sugar in it) they tested my blood an hour later.  The normal range of sugar content in the blood should be 70-139 … My number was 169.  So…. tomorrow I have to go to the hospital for my 3-hour glucose test to find out if I have gestational diabetes.  I have to drink Glucola that has 100 grams of sugar within 10 minutes.  I read that’s the equivalent to 1 liter of Coke!  I really hope I don’t get sick.  There can be side effects after drinking that much sugar.  Dizziness, fainting, puking.  If I become really sick, they will probably have to give me an insulin shot to quickly lower my blood sugar.  After I drink the Glucola,  I will have my blood taken 3 times… once every hour for 3 hours to see how my body is handling the sugar on its own.  You all know how much I hate needles, but I’m more nervous about getting sick from the Glucola.   Say a prayer that everything goes smoothly.

I also found out that I have anemia.  The normal range of iron in your blood should be 14-18.  Mine is 10.  So now I’m on iron supplements.  Iron causes constipation.  You may have read from my past posts that I am already severely constipated.  So… now I’m also taking Colace to help with bowel movements.

My blood pressure is climbing now, too.  It was 134/76.  My doctor is not too worried yet, but she wants to monitor my blood pressure more closely.  If it climbs to 140/90, that’s when it’s time to worry.

Needless to say, the 3rd trimester is not being kind to me.  At least I am now finding out why I am SO exhausted.  I mean terribly exhausted.  The other morning I woke up, got out of bed, made breakfast for Faith and then went straight to the couch to lay down.  I was very out of breath.  My heart was racing and I felt light headed.  Pure exhaustion… even after sleeping about 10 hours that night.   I do hope the iron supplements help with my energy level.  So far it has helped a little.  I can stand longer without feeling faint or out of breath, so that’s good.  I can’t say I have energy though.

 

29 weeks belly pic….

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What baby girl looks like at 29 weeks…

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Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (about the size of a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. Her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and her head is growing bigger to make room for her developing brain. To meet her increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because her bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day.

Today is Valentine’s Day!  Happy Valentines day to all my readers!  Last night we went out to Cracker Barrel for a Valentine’s dinner.

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Our Valentine’s day started out well, but then ended up with lots of crying and tears :(  Aaron brought home two Nerf guns for Faith and a small box of chocolates.  She was so happy running around the house shooting Daddy.  Then, Aaron and her went into the office to make a Valentine’s card for me.  A few moment later, I heard Faith begin to cry louder and louder.  She came out of the office and said to me, “I don’t want to make a card for you!”  And she just bawled and bawled.  Aaron came out to show me a small lock of hair in his hand.  Faith cut her hair :(   And she already knew that was wrong.  We talked about that with her.  Aaron said he only turned away for a second to grab another sheet of paper, and when he turned around he saw she had cut her hair.  She said, “This hair was too long.”  So she cut it.  Well,  immediately after cutting her hair, she realized what she did.  She knew she made a mistake.  She cried for about an hour simply out of guilt.   We didn’t yell at her.  I think her regret was enough to break her heart.

Once she calmed down, I asked Aaron where the hair was because I had an idea.  He said he already did something with it.  He put the lock of hair in the Valentine’s card she made me.  That was exactly what I was wanting to do.  Great minds think alike :)

Let me mention something here before I go on…  Faith is obsessed with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  It’s a cute PBS kid’s show that teaches children basic life lessons and they sing little tunes.  For example, one song Faith likes to sing from the show is, “When you feel so bad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to four.”   Then there’s another song she loves to sing…

So once she was calm, I set Faith on my lap and asked her, “Do you remember that song from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood… “When something seems bad turn it around and find something good?”  She smiled and said, “Yes.”   I opened up the card she made me and showed her the lock of hair that Daddy taped in the card.  I said, “See, you cut your hair, and that was bad, but now it’s in the card you made me so I can keep it forever and ever.  Every time I open it, I’ll remember Faith’s little curl when she was 3 years old that was given to me on Valentine’s day.”  Tears were still wet on her cheek and I was trying not to cry (damn pregnancy hormones.)  I asked her again, “How does that song go again?”  She smile and sung it word for word, “When something seems bad turn it around and find something good!”

God I love her, and her Daddy so much.  We turned something bad into good.  I hope she’s learned her lesson, and most importantly I hope this experience has showed her that with love and patience, everything will turn out fine :)

I think that lock of hair will be more precious to me than the hair from her first haircut.

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“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-8