Thursday, November 29, 2012

Baby III Week 29: No Girl, No Pie.

29 Weeks

I really don't feel a whole lot has changed this week. I'm starting to get that crease at the top of my belly by my ribs when I sit, ok... it's there when I'm not sitting too... does anyone else get that? Let's say you all do so I don't feel alone.

Weirdest thing ever that I've been meaning to mention that I've been forgetting for like... 10 weeks... maybe I did mention it, but just in case I haven't... I always sleep on my side or my stomach, pregnant or not. I never sleep on my back, and if I'm pregnant, I can barely even lay on my back for any amount of time. It hurts. Well for months now I have been turning onto my back in my sleep. I wake up and sometimes I feel nauseated or sore from the pressure. It makes no sense too because my belly is so big, seems like it should be weighing me down, but it keeps bobbing up like a fat dead fish. This has never happened before, it's all very mysterious.

I was worried about my blood sugar and Thanksgiving. I felt a bit of a spike but by the time I tested that evening I was within the range of normal. All my numbers were perfect actually, and I really wasn't exercising that much. I started to get lulled into a false sense of blood sugar security so I went ahead and had white bread and pie at my parents on Sunday. Sugar not secure... I spiked like crazy and I thought I was going to die. I thought I could do pie... turns out... I can't.

I always ask other gestational diabetic moms if they can feel their blood sugar get too high and I never seem to get an answer. I don't know if I come off like "OMG I'm SO healthy that my blood sugar rising nearly sends me to the ER" or if they legitimately handle the sensations of blood converting to syrup better than I do (a Twilight and pancakes joke kinda tried to form and died in my head just now, let's assume it was hilarious). I feel a little jittery, dizzy, nauseous... it's overwhelming and almost panic attack inducing. I want to crawl out of my body. I ended up jogging around the block at 10pm and I eventually felt better. So... no cake on my birthday yesterday! I'm ok with that, who needs cake? My thighs definitely don't.

Didn't gain anything this week, baby was right on in the festive form of an acorn squash! Though... baby feels more like a 20lb turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving Baby!

Baby is about 15 inches and 2 1/2lbs.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Baby III Week 28: AKA, The Diabetes Week

28 Weeks

Twenty-eight is one of my favorite numbers, my second favorite actually... it's my birthday, Milo's birthday, date we found out we were pregnant with Ash... and it's double my favorite number, 14. But in the context of pregnancy it means one thing... ok two... third trimester (woo!) and diabetes (boo!). This was the diabetes week.

Most women are getting their glucose tolerance test this week, but I decided to opt out of it because honestly, I don't need to bleed off and on into a little tube for 3 hours to know that there's a good chance I'll have gestational diabetes again. Last time I fainted and I've never successfully made it through the test, so I decided to just self monitor.

Monitoring should be simple, this is science right? As a numbers and facts girl... I wish. Medicine is far more of a guessing game... and no one has the answer sheet. If you look up what the blood glucose (sugar) limits are half a dozen sources will give you different answers. Different doctors will also give you different answers. Some say a fasting glucose of 72-125 is normal, some say not over 89, the American Diabetes Association says under 100, the World Health Organization says not over 95. When to test is disagreed upon as well, with some doctors having their patients test one hour after eating and others two hours, and the after meal blood glucose level that is considered high varies widely as well. 

The meters are also inexact, you can test twice back to back and get a reading that is up to 10 points different.

It seems that doctors would recognize these inconsistencies and act accordingly, but that's not the case at all. Each doctor chooses which rules they want their patients to play by and let me tell you from experience.... when you are sitting with a doctor scowling at your chart, highlighting every blood sugar reading that is even 1 point over, and if you get 3 in a week they are going to put you and your baby on insulin, that's a huge problem. Even within the same practice I talked to doctors who disagreed, some thought I was doing fantastic, some treated me like I was shoving doughnuts through syringes into my veins. Doesn't it seem like if they knew how to treat this disease they would be able to at least define it? 

Honestly, I've done exactly what doctors have said twice and it did not positively affect my outcomes. I still had big babies who were born with low blood sugar. Their guessing game is doing nothing but costing me time and money (SO much money, about $500 after insurance each pregnancy) when I could be doing everything they are doing at home. I'm calling bullshit on the way doctors attempt to monitor gestational diabetes and this time around I'm not playing.

The results of my monitoring have been ok. Fasting has been under 95. At first I was going by what my last doctor suggested, not over 89, so my numbers were high according to that, but I've decided if it's under 100 I wont worry. I started testing two hours after eating and all my readings have been well within the range of normal. I'm still going to monitor throughout the rest of my pregnancy. I DO believe gestational diabetes is a real condition with real risks... what I don't believe is that doctors have more than a vague idea of how to treat it. 

Any natural hippie points I earn for sticking it to the medicine man and opting out of formal diabetes care I probably lose in dealing with heartburn. I can't do it guys... I can't be super awesome and eat herbs and drink milk (or not drink milk because it's puss and blood and cow abuse?) and put potatoes in ungodly places (oh, that was the natural hemorrhoid cure)... I got Pepcid... and it is so amazing... seriously, there is no way heroin is better than the feeling you get after popping one chewable Pepcid after weeks of mind altering acid reflux. Sorry hippies... you lose this one.

I'm up somewhere between 27-30lbs. I still weigh exactly the same as I did this week with Ash... and I was like... running still. Silly me. Never let me run when I'm that big again. Bobbing like a dead seal in a pool is ok though.

I think we are about due for another belly compare, yes?

28 weeks with baby three
28 weeks with Ash

A little over 27 weeks with Milo, I don't have a good 28 week one.
Baby is an eggplant. Gross. Hope next week's is better.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Baby III Week 27: Bigger in Texas

27 Weeks 

 Sorry this post is a bit late, I've been busy becoming a Birth Boot Camp instructor! I flew to Texas last Wednesday and passed my certification test! It was fantastic... I will post more about it later, but right now I'm pretty internetted out. I spent most of the day (the parts not caring for babies) working on my BBC instructor website. I'm using WordPress and we are having a rough start... I'll get there though... onto preggo stuff.

Traveling was really hard on preggo me this time... my hands and feet started swelling a lot from the flights and sitting in the workshops for long periods. My diet was very off... I had some caffeine, splenda, chick-fil-a... my body was just totally freaked out. I started getting heart palpitations and panic attacks and I spent probably a third of my trip in a bathroom. I swear to never even look at caffeine again. Coming home and eating normal for a couple days has been so nice.

I saw my midwife this week. I'm measuring 30 1/2 weeks, and baby sounds great. My blood sugar and blood pressure have been perfectly normal as well.

I'm up 25 pounds. I blame Texas, it makes everything bigger right? Something like that. I've kicked up my exercise, now that I'm not spending every free moment studying I can spend a little more time getting my sweat on :) Even if it means tons of debilitating braxton hicks.

Adios second trimester!

Baby is supposed to be a rutabaga this week, but I didn't have one handy so I found something about the same size (13-14in). Tastes better too :) 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Baby III Week 26: An Almost TMI Post

26 Weeks

Sixth month complete... and it decided to go out with a bang. My body is seriously malfunctioning and it's kinda amazing. I considered going through every disgusting detail, but I leave for Texas in about 6 hours and it's almost midnight... so you guys are all being spared only because I need to sleep... but a preview of the future TMI post should symptoms continue:

I live in the bathroom now, and it's always an emergency.

Epic acid burps that are ruining my esophagus and teeth and life.

Speaking of teeth... bloody swollen gums.

Mucous, in grosser ways than you'd like to imagine.

Stretch marks with stretch marks.

Swelling, not the feet this time.

Nose bleeds, because why not, right?

BH contractions that lead to the first issue on our list here.

I'm up 25 pounds. I will fill you in a little more next week... or the week after since my next post will likely be from Texas :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Baby III Week 25: Six down, three to go.

25 Weeks

I'm starting to feel a lot more pregnant this week, like that there has in fact been a hostile take over and my body is not my own. Baby feels huge and moves almost constantly, and in all directions. My belly has become a hazard, I slam it into stuff all the time and it responds violently with pretty angry Braxton-Hicks contractions. One of the daycare babies kicked me in the stomach and I thought I was going to die. I've started getting out of bed using five point turns and am now constructing my elaborate pillow configurations. I'm just really big, and I feel like it just happened suddenly, though I know it hasn't. I have pictures to prove it.

I think I complete my 6th month next week :)

I'm supposed to be a ghost, headed to Milo's Halloween 3rd birthday party.

Baby matches. Cauliflower this week.