honeydew / 7909 posts
@ms.janedoe: Surprise... 30 weeks and your doc is out like a trout! Thanks for the heads up, lady!
@MrsCB: So glad things are moving in the right direction. There's no time for snooty behavior! And a once a night injection shouldn't be too bad - those needles are itty bitty!! 2 MONTHS?! Oh myyyy!!!
cantaloupe / 6800 posts
@ms.janedoe: Dang, talk about short notice!
@MrsCB: I know you probably don't want to be induced, but at least then you'll know an end date and not have to be on your toes waiting for labor to start! Glad you met someone nicer!
pear / 1571 posts
You guys. We'll be having babies here next month. Next. Month. Mind blown.
cantaloupe / 6791 posts
@MrsCB: Gah, I'm so sorry you have to deal with this stuff too. I'm actually at the MFM office now doing all my GD stuff and about to have an ultrasound. I've already started following the diet, but I guess I'll be pricking my fingers very soon
coconut / 8472 posts
@lilteacherbee: don't worry it's much scarier in theory than actually doing it.
@MrsCB: Thank you That's what I'm hoping for.
Ok. So got all the GD info. Going tonight to pickup all my lovely gear like the meter, strips, etc. I was not super impressed with the ultrasound tech this time. She made me feel like it was my fault that my baby is huge (4 pounds 1 oz)... Which technically it is, but the GD, which makes him huge, was JUST diagnosed so its not really my fault...He's measured a week ahead since 8 weeks, but no one will listen to me. So while he's 2-3 weeks ahead, that one week would make things a bit better if they would listen...
Basically I just wanted to cry when I left my appointment. She wouldn't attempt to turn on the 3D because "the cord was in his face" which apparently scares people when they see that. I'm seriously tired (woke up literally 6 times to pee last night and it took forever to fall back asleep each time, so I'm exhausted), so I know this all probably sounds whiny and ridiculous. But I look forward to these appointments all month long (I go every 4 weeks), so in between all the worrying, I get one ultrasound a month where I can relax and watch my baby on the screen. Except this time, the lady was super grumpy and didn't say anything except to chastise me about his size.
I'm just pissed that for the first half of the pregnancy, I was super paranoid because of the previous m/c. I couldnt enjoy anything because i was always waiting for the other shoe to drop and for things to fall apart. And now, I have to watch everything I eat and stress about blood sugar levels because my child is a giant and its my body's fault. I'm 5 foot tall and not a big person pre-pregnancy, so I am terrified of something happening during labor and losing him. I just want to not be stressed out and worried. All. The. Time. I tried to ask the NP today about inductions and such, but she wouldn't really discuss it until the next appointment. I've heard all these stories about losing babies in labor. The fact that he's already 4 pounds, his head measured 3 weeks ahead, and I'm a small person makes me so scared. I just want my baby here safe.
Whew, I feel better after writing all of that.
My birthday is Sunday and a few months ago, my parents offered to buy us a 3D ultrasound package for my birthday. I originally declined because I knew we'd be getting more ultrasounds at the doctor. However, after today, I scheduled one for Saturday morning. I NEED something happy and positive to happen this week.
Im sorry, I'm usually not this ridiculous. My hormones and lack of sleep are definitely getting to me. I haven't written this on HB because I don't want anyone IRL to stumble upon it, so maybe I'll edit it out later. I'm also having a hard time because two weeks ago, my dad (whom I still call "Daddy") asked me if my mom had told me why he's been going to the doctor so much. I was like "...no..." Apparently, he was diagnosed with Leukemia. Not the "really bad" kind, but they just have to keep a watch on his white blood count and all that. He told me not to worry and that his doctor's mom has had the same kind for 10 years and hasn't needed any treatments yet, so it's likely they'll just "watch and see" to make sure everything stays relatively okay. That news just stressed me out because who wants to hear that their dad has cancer?? And I can't talk to my IRL friends (except for one I confided in) about it because my dad is a supervisor at the nuclear plant in our small town and he knows tonssss of people. I doubt my parents want everyone to know. I'm a serious daddy's girl and my dad, just turned 60, has always been healthy as a horse, so this is just a shock to me.
So. There's that. I think I'm done venting now. If anyone has any extra hugs, thoughts, or prayers to give out, I'll gladly take them I promise I'll try to be more positive. It's just been a rough month around here.
nectarine / 2705 posts
@lilteacherbee: HUGSHUGSHUGSHUGSHUGS!!! I know it must be hard to process everything that is in your head and heart right now. My best advice is to try and take some deep breaths, close your eyes, and maybe light a nice smelling candle to help relax you. It's a good little "light meditation" for both you and your baby
I'm sorry to hear that the ultrasound didn't go well today. And I'm sure it's overwhelming to get on top of all of the GD details. But you can do this. I know it. And your baby will thrive as you step into that mama role right now and take good care of him, and you.
As for your dad, I know that has to be so hard to hear too. My stomach always drops when my parents take the time to share some of their health issues with me. It's never easy - they are super heroes, right? The best thing you can do is keep sending your love to your dad, and know that he's in good care.
Don't worry about trying to be more positive, we all have those roller coaster moments in life. And the November mamas are here for you!
@MrsCB: I'm glad to hear you had a good experience with your new doctor. And holy WOW! 2 months doesn't sound very long at ALL!!!
@lilteacherbee: *hugs!* Birthing From Within. Get it, read it. Seriously. Your fears are all valid and that book can help sooooooo much!
Sorry to hear about your dad! Hopefully the fact that he's so healthy otherwise will keep this thing from developing into anything more!
@lilteacherbee: Gah, I'm so sorry!! Please don't let the u/s tech bring you down. You are doing everything right for Nathan! I see babies born to mamas with GD all.the.time. and they are healthy and thriving as is your pumpkin!
Terrible news about your dad but it looks like everyone is staying positive! I'll send up a prayer for him that he remains healthy and kicks that leukemia in the butt!!
@sweetooth: Thank you They are kinda like superheroes, aren't they?! I just really really want my kids to grow up with him around, too.
@FarmWifeGina: Thanks for the book suggestion! I know our bodies were made to do this, I'm just super paranoid after our loss last year. Sometimes it seems like I'm always on the wrong side of the odds (ahem, only 3-5% of women get GD).
@Ash: Thanks it's reassuring that the overwhelming majority of people have no problems!
BTW, my dad called me tonight and told me that he had his last blood test for awhile and if everything looks fine, they'll only have to see him every 3 months.
honeydew / 7917 posts
@lilteacherbee: Sorry to hear about your dad and diagnoses with GD. I'm going through my own troubles adjusting with my own father's health, and it's not easy when you're also trying to take care of yourself while pregnant. Wishing him the very best and hoping monitoring will keep everything at bay.
As for GD, this is my second time around, and it absolutely sucks. Not going to lie. This time I was diagnosed 10 weeks earlier than last time, and fortunately I'm still diet controlled. My first LO was perfectly healthy and born at 38 weeks and 4 days. He weighed a whopping 5lbs 13oz and didn't have any issues related to my GD. I did have higher than normal numbers while in labor and was treated with insulin at the time. The one benefit of GD is leading a healthier lifestyle. I only gained about 17lbs with my first and so far gained only 5lbs with my second at almost 31 weeks. I could keep going and write a whole novel. It's hard, but you can do it! You can have a very healthy baby and a very healthy remainder of your pregnancy. Just keep strong. We're all here to support you.
Since I've already made this super long, I'll try to compile a list of tips that I've picked up from my 22 weeks combined experience with GD and write on your wall.
@lilteacherbee: Oh no, sorry about both things lady. I hate that your U/S tech wasn't nicer, I get that it's just a job to them, but I think they tend to look at it that way moreso than realizing how much mamas look forward to them All of my baby books/apps say that babies are measuring ~4lb now (you're a week behind me I think) so I don't think he's a massive giant, he's just a little heavy I'm not too familiar with GD, do you have to be induced, or do they do it because the baby is big?
pomegranate / 3160 posts
@lilteacherbee: Dude, totally sending good thoughts and vibes your (and your daddy-o's!) way! I can't imagine getting that kind of news, but it sounds like it's going as good as it possibly can! Also, you'll tooootally kick the GD's ass and it'll all be totally fine!
@lilteacherbee: I meant to come back to this but I was super busy at work at my last post snuck in on my phone, between meetings, lol. How did it go with the meter and stuff last night? I know I petrified the first time I had to do it. And the nurse showed me how to do it wrong and kept telling me to squeeze more and more blood out of my finger because she was putting it on the wrong part of the strip.
But now, it's either painless (to the point where I wonder if I did it) or a slight prick and gone. My hardest thing is actually remembering to test 2 hours after each meal, and coordinating it with my work schedule. It's not like I can leave in the middle of a meeting to go check my sugar.
I know it's so overwhelming and upsetting to be diagnosed with GD. I was at 10 weeks and I was SO upset because I had so many food aversions and even though I didn't really have MS I was living on pasta because it kept my stomach calm. I felt like it was so unfair to have to deal with it in the first trimester. Luckily one of my aversions was chocolate, so that helped me get through several weeks. But it's honestly not that bad. Try not to stress.
@yin: That would be awesome, thank you!!!
@MrsTiz: When it comes to inducing, I guess if he's still measuring super big, they may induce at 39 weeks. And thanks I know it will get better, I'm just a bit overwhelmed!
@MrsCB: Wellll after sitting there for 30 min, I finally pricked myself last night and it wasn't as bad as I anticipated! My fasting # this morning was 80 and 2 hours after breakfast it was 91, so I'm happy with that. It does take some logistics to figure out how to do it at work because I can't just leave my classroom whenever I want, but thankfully they are being understanding about it.
@ms.janedoe: Thank you You're right, it WILL be okay!
Y'all are awesome I'm feeling better today. My kids are less crazy than yesterday and its Friday!!! I'm super excited about my ultrasound tomorrow and afterwards I'm going to Outback for my birthday lunch (and I may cheat a littleeee bit :))
@lilteacherbee: Go ahead and cheat! You deserve a happy, happy birthday! Enjoy the ultrasound and pamper yourself this weekend
@lilteacherbee: glad your kids are behaving, are they getting settled into being away from their parents yet? Outback! Have some mashed potatoes for me!
grapefruit / 4681 posts
@lilteacherbee: Sorry to hear about your dad. Will be thinking of you and your family. I hope the ultrasound today is the lift you need and you have a great birthday tomorrow!
@sweetooth: @MrsTiz: @anbanan15: Thanks! Lunch was yummy- totally saved my carbs and had some amazingggg dessert
The ultrasound was great!! It took awhile to get him moving, but he finally got there. It was so nice being in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere without all the medical stuff for once! My grandmother was able to go too (along with DH, my parents, and my sister), which made me so happy because she's one of my favorite people ever. Her husband (my grandfather who recently passed away) is the one that everyone thinks the baby looks like, so I think it was extra special for her. Plus, she thought the technology was crazy!!
Here are some of my faves
@lilteacherbee: Happy Birthday!! I'm glad yesterday was so awesome for you! Love the little pictures. The one on the top right is my favorite. Enjoy the rest of your day and try to relax some more before all those kids drive you crazy next week
@anbanan15: Aww thank you!! It's been a good day I'm definitely going to relax so I can be ready for the kiddos!
@lilteacherbee: OMG, please, please, PLEASE tell me you had a bloomin' onion for me! Happy Birthday!
@FarmWifeGina: Thank You!! And yesss of course I had a bloomin' onion (and part of a brownie)! Balanced out with some grilled chicken and veggies like a good diabetic
I had my final 4 week appointment this morning. And then I scheduled a bunch of my 2-week increment appointments. It freaked me out to turn the page in my calendar and make an appointment in November! Aaaaahh!! I don't want the fall to fly by! I'm excited to meet the little guy, but I really want to finish our bathroom renovation before he gets here. It's going to be a crazy few months.
@lilteacherbee: Such fun pictures of Nathan!!!
I had a "boring appointment" yesterday--not too much new! 31 weeks and 3 days, saw the new doctor...she was...fine. A little too "into it" for me (had her eyes closed when she was using the Doppler and making comments like, "Ohhh...I could just listen to that for hours..."), but very nice! I've gained 24 pounds so far, blood pressure is great, baby girl is measuring right on track...so it's all good!
@ms.janedoe: Yay for a good appointment! I'm glad the doctor change turned out okay too
I had a boring appointment yesterday too. Everything looks good. I've gained exactly 20 pounds. They were going to give me the Tdap vaccine, but the office was actually out of them, so I'll get it when I go back in 2 weeks. I saw the NP this time and she mentioned that she saw the report from last week from the ultrasound at MFM. She said that more than likely, they will induce at 39 weeks due to the GD, him measuring way ahead, and me being small. I'm perfectly okay with that. I'm really nervous about going overdue with a huge baby and something going wrong. Also, apparently when you have GD, the placenta goes "bad" (stops working as well) earlier than with a non-GD pregnancy, which is why I guess they induce.
I had a "boring" appointment this morning - my first after just 2 weeks - can't believe I'm so far along! Everything's doing well so far, we'll see how baby boy's growing at the next appointment, hopefully not *too* much. I asked my midwife about how it would work with an induction, and she said they would monitor me to see how baby and the placenta are doing, plus my body's readiness. If everything continues to look good they'd let me go to my due or a few days later, but not much after that.
But when she looked at a calendar she realized my due date is on the weekend before Thanksgiving. Apparently the hospital doesn't allow schedule inductions on the weekend (WTF?) and it's likely to be really busy the week of Thanksgiving with everyone trying to have babies before the holiday. And of course we wouldn't schedule it on a holiday. So...we'll likely induce sometime at the end of the week before - 11/21, 11/22. It feels so close and real now. By his due date he'll most likely already be in our arms!
@ShootingStar: Glad everything looks good. So weird! With DS my induction was scheuled for a Friday and then rescheduled for a Saturday (following day due to "an influx of laboring mothers"). Your baby might be born on my due date 11/22
grapefruit / 4800 posts
@lilteacherbee: Very cute pictures.
I had an alright appointment today. I have to go for another ultrasound though because my belly is measuring a little behind, not really at the concerning level but on the slightly smaller side and that combined with my single umbilical artery they want another ultrasound. I've gained about 20 lbs at this point (almost 34 weeks) but only 18 lbs according to them so I donno - I'm not working out at this point but I do move around a lot, guess I just need to carry more snacks around. But baby moves around a lot and had a strong heartbeat so hopefully everything is good. Ultrasound is not for 2 weeks though, I'm not sure if it was supposed to be sooner or not, the dr was nice but hard to understand and he didn't mark anything on the chart. I'm just worried because I'll be close to 36 weeks at the ultrasound and I want what's best for her but also don't want to kick her out too early and I feel like if there's anything concerning they're going to get itchy to induce at that point. I guess we'll see, they've been pretty laid back so far, I'm just slightly worried we'll have a baby a bit earlier than expected and my DH won't be able to take off yet.
I was supposed to have my GBS test today but he forgot I guess and I felt awkward mentioning it so next appointment I have a female dr. so I just had the scheduler mark it down that it was still needed. And I was supposed to get a flu shot but somehow that didn't get marked down either so no one came in and I just said it's fine we'll do it at next appointment too.
@Maysprout: Hope everything goes well at your ultrasound. Try not to worry too much! If they don't seem concerned at this point, then I would try not to be concerned either. That stinks that there was a miscommunication and things didn't get done when you expected them to be. Hopefully your next appointment with the female doctor goes a little more smoothly
kiwi / 658 posts
Sorry mamas... I've been so bad keeping up with HB .
I had a boring appt last Friday but found out that baby is in a Transverse position! No wonder his movements and kicks have been a little painful. Hoping baby will start transitioning head down soon. Anyone else have baby in the Transverse position?
pomelo / 5132 posts
@kokobee: I'll find out again today (LO was head down last time), but my sister was transverse and tried to come out ear first! She was a forceps baby.
@kokobee: Mine was transverse at our 18 week u/s and at 30 weeks she is now breech
@Mrs. J: @anbanan15: Oh no, crap-o-la. I'll be 33wks tomorrow... crossing my fingers that baby will start turning!
@anbanan15: Being that you're 30wks, do you think she'll move head down in the next 10wks? Has your OB mentioned anything?
persimmon / 1386 posts
@kokobee: I was very concerned about position (I think I've written about it on most of the Nov boards), but on Monday, at 34+ weeks, I found out baby is finally head down!
ETA: She was still breech less than a week ago, so just from my experience, I think you ladies still have some time!
@kokobee: I haven't seen my midwife yet. My u/s was at MFM the day after my last appointment. I will let you know on Tuesday when I have my 32w (32w4d) appointment.
I was a transverse baby. The OB manually turned me from the inside (reached his hands up there...this is the visual my mom has given all my life lol) during L&D and I ended up turning again just before I was delivered, with the cord wrapped around my neck. The OB was not in the room, but a young intern was and he had no clue what to do. The OB walked in just in time and cut the cord off. Not to scare you, just my mom's experience with a transverse baby, but that was back in the day and she never had an u/s...today that sort of thing shouldn't happen.
@NeekieRose: Oh ok... keeps me hopeful
@anbanan15: Wow and ouch!!!
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