Last Friday I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. I crumbled into a mess in my office when reading the news. I spent the last weekend researching everything I could on GD. Thankfully, I have found that there is absolutely nothing I could have done to prevent this. I believe that the vanishing twin might have only added to my chances due to the double hormones going through my body. I met with a Diabetes Educator and am on a strict diet until baby girl is here. I have to eat a combination of carbs & protein every 2-3 hours and test my blood after each big meal. If I can control my sugars through diet then I will not need to be put on insulin.
Without a confirmed plan from my doc (appointment this Thurs), I have read that many doctors induce at 39 weeks for women with GD. Also, many GD babies tend to come early. So while I technically have 10 weeks left, there is a chance that Miss Charlie will be arriving in December.
Size: A cabbage. Similar to a head of lettuce like 28 weeks. But baby should be gaining weight and be roughly 2.75 lbs!
Weight gain: 23 pounds. Everyone tells me I have only gained in my belly, which having a girl I am very happy for. With my new diet I don't know whether I will gain more or start losing. We shall see!
Maternity clothes: Mixing it up still. Happy about holding on to some larger pieces over the years that can now be worn to fit baby girl.
Stretch marks: No new marks.
Sleep: Sleep is still ok. I fall asleep easily but end up tossing and turning for a majority of the night. Had the whole 2nd trimester with no nighttime pee breaks but that streak is sadly over.
Gender: Girl Girl Girl. My house has lots of pink in it, which I am slowly coming to terms with.
Movement: Home girl is super active, especially at night. Some of the recent movements have actually been a little painful. Guessing she and I will both be going through a growth spurt here shortly.
Best moment this week: Having my Mom come into town and bring lots of goodies for us and Charlie.
|Mom made this artwork for Charlie's nursery. I love all the colors!|
Looking forward to: Joe finally finding time to finish the nursery. HINT HINT. I am nesting big time and with only 10 weeks to go (maybe less) it is really stressing me out that it is not done yet and my living room is a storage locker.
Food Cravings: Being told everything I cannot have with this new diet only makes me want it more. Right now what I want most is a huge glass of orange juice and chick Fil A.
Food Aversions: Still bell peppers. And now with how many carbs I am required to eat I dread eating bread. Oh how things have changed.
Labor Signs: a few Braxton Hicks contractions but nothing major.
What I miss: Being able to eat when I want and what I want. I never thought I would complain about having to eat every 2 hours but it is really tedious and it takes so much effort to plan my meals and snacks for the day before work. I would kill to sleep in and roll to brunch around 11am for some pancakes. But, it's only 10 more weeks and little girl is worth every finger prick, bread, english muffin and protein in the world.
Symptoms: Back pain, sciatic pain, slowing down in general.
Nursery: Soon, I really really hope.
Mood: I have my ups and downs and the past few days I have been super emotional. The diagnosis was a lot for me to handle emotionally. You feel like you have been through so much to get pregnant and here I am with another obstacle. Granted, it is totally common and manageable but my hormonal self just wants to enjoy these last few weeks without the added stress of constant monitoring. Soon enough, she will be here and I will have all the OJ and pancakes one can handle.