32 Weeks

I am now going to see the baby doctor twice a week for non-stress tests.  This is when they strap a couple monitors to your belly to measure the frequency of the baby’s movements and the strength of her heartbeat to make sure that she is still healthy and active.  Non-stress tests and check-ups twice a week for the rest of my pregnancy.  It’s getting serious now.

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They want to keep me closely monitored because with gestational diabetes (especially if you have to take medication like I do) there is a higher risk of still birth during delivery and a higher risk of the baby dying during the night when I’m sleeping.  This is very stressful.  When I get up in the middle of the night to go pee, I can’t fall back asleep until I know she is still moving around in my belly.

The doctor said they would probably want to induce me at 39 weeks.  So now my due date may very well be April 21st.  With gestational diabetes, the placenta can deteriorate quicker which means that the baby may lack in the nutrients she needs when I’m closer to 40 weeks.  This, and the fact that still birth is a concern… is why they suggest being induced at 39 weeks if I don’t go into labor on my own.  So…. another long a strenuous labor and delivery for me if I’m induced :(  I was induced with Faith at 42 weeks and it took me 31 hours of labor to finally get her out.  Induction always makes labor longer and harder.   If there are any complications during labor… most likely I will have to have a c-section.  I could refuse to be induced at 39 weeks and just wait the full 40, especially if my blood sugars are stable, and blood pressure stable, etc.  But, I would be afraid to tell them no.  If anything bad happens during my 40th week, I would never forgive myself.

I have so much to think about and can’t help but worry.  A high risk pregnancy, and the fact that I will probably have to deliver her 2 or 3 weeks before the semester is finished is just making me feel so much pressure to try and be prepared for everything in time.  My teacher and some students say,  “Just bring her in to class!”   I’m not going to bring a 1-week old to school, full of germs.  Sorry, no.  And I will be recovering from birth (Hey, I’m 40 years old) and may be recovering from a possible c-section… so I know I don’t want to continue going to class after I deliver.  Accommodations should be made for me to finish the rest of the semester online so I can still get credit for my remaining assignments.  There’s just a lot to think about.

I’ve lost more weight.  I’m now 151 lbs.  I was 155 before pregnancy.  The baby is strong and healthy though, so I trust my body is doing what it needs to do for the health of the baby and myself.

The low-carb, high protein diet is a lot of work.  Measuring out food, counting carbs, making sure to take in adequate protein, etc.  This is an example of what I do with each meal everyday…

For breakfast:

Strawberries – 30 grams – 2 carbs

Cream cheese – 31 grams – 2 carbs

Half English muffin (whole wheat) – 11 carbs

Total carbs – 15

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I am suppose to have about 45 grams of carbs per meal but I’ve learned that I can’t usually go over 20-25 carbs per meal without going above the 120 blood glucose limit.  So my diet is even more strict than it should be, but it’s better than upping the medication.

Blood pressure and pulse are still very low and they are happy with that.  Maybe it’s from all the strawberries I’ve been eating.  I read that strawberries actually lower blood pressure! Strawberries, Blueberries May Ward Off High Blood PressureIt doesn’t spike my blood sugar.   I eat a couple with each meal, or sometimes for a snack.

My belly is still measuring exactly where it should be at 32 weeks so that’s a good sign that the baby is not yet overweight.  Also, if I’m induced early, the baby’s weight may be even less than what Faith weighed when born; 8 pounds.

32 weeks belly pic…

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What baby looks like at 32 weeks…

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By now, your baby weighs 3 3/4 pounds (about the size of a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. She’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

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