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In which I resurrect my LJ and bring big news... [Jul. 25th, 2012|09:49 pm]
Tiny Wings
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Hello, yes, I’m alive. I hope you've all been doing well, those of you I can't follow on Facebook. A friend told me I should come back to LJ a while back, and I finally got around to listening to her! You know who you are :-) At least this time I haven’t let a full year got by between updates!

The biggest thing going on in my life right now is that I am pregnant, yes, with a little girl, almost 6 months now. Actually, my birthday in a week and a half is exactly three months to my due date. It’s the most amazing experience of my life. It went really well at first - I didn’t have any nausea, very few aches and pains, managed to get an extremely rare spot in my local birth centre, didn’t develop any weird food cravings or aversions... And then two weeks ago, I tested positive for gestational diabetes.

For now, we are trying to see if I can control it by making some (rather extreme) changes to my diet. I’ve been going to appointments at the high-risk pregnancy clinic at the hospital and meeting with various nurses and nutritionists... I have to check my blood sugar four times a day; my readings were bad the first two days, got better almost magically after that, and today they went bad again.

If dietary changes are not enough to keep my blood sugar levels down, it means the diabetes is hormone-related and that I have to start taking insulin, which gives me a high-risk pregnancy status (I’m somewhat borderline now) and means even more trouble. Among other things, I’d have to give up my spot at the birth centre, because they don’t do high-risk pregnancies, and gestational diabetes can bring on some complications that only a hospital is prepared to deal with.

But I’m trying to be optimistic. My energy levels went up when I changed my diet, and one of the symptoms of gestational diabetes is extreme tiredness, so this can only be a good thing. The baby seems healthy so far; I can feel her kicking every day. Sometimes she kicks so hard I can see my stomach move! I’m told a time will come when I’ll be wishing she would just stay still, but right now there is nothing I love more than feeling her kick. The last time I saw my midwife, she couldn’t find her heart with the ultrasound wand because she was moving too much! And she was following the wand on my belly, too. I guess she felt the ultrasound vibrations...

So all in all, three months seems like an agonizingly long time to wait before meeting this little person, and a frighteningly short time to get everything ready for her arrival!


[User Picture]From: j_v_lynch
2012-07-26 02:18 am (UTC)
My sympathies on the blood sugar issues. it's no fun at all.
I hope the diet changes can deal with it effectively.
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[User Picture]From: tiny_wings
2012-07-26 02:26 am (UTC)
Me too! I'm not sure what sort of deadline I have for when they decide whether or not I have to take insulin. If you have any advice on how you and Lydia are dealing with yours, please share. Very different situations, but I'll take anything.
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[User Picture]From: j_v_lynch
2012-07-26 11:50 am (UTC)
The diet that works best for Lydia and I is one composed of mostly slow release complex carbs (lentils, beans, barley, brown rice, etc) and lots of vegetables.

You might also have luck with a paleo style diet.
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[User Picture]From: tiny_wings
2012-07-26 06:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's what the dietician recommended... I'll look into the Paleo diet!
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[User Picture]From: ameshinju
2012-07-26 08:40 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness!! Welcome back!!!
I hope everything goes well with your pregnancy and that the dietary changes help. Please take care!!
3 months may seem like a long time, but I bet they will just fly by and you'll be wondering where the time went!
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[User Picture]From: ladyprydian
2012-07-26 11:04 am (UTC)
Firstly, it's lovely to hear from you.

Secondly, congratulations!!!

Thirdly, Gestational diabetes is easily treated (even if it does mean insulin) and Labor and Delivery wards are more than well equiped to deal with it especially if they know you are coming in. I'm sure you will get wonderful care. I'm sure you've been told this, but a c-section may be your option on your baby girl's birth since gestational diabetes can lead to big babies. But they too are very routine with very few women experiencing any complications afterwards (a friend of mine just had one after a 20 hr labour - both she and baby boy are doing beautifully and are comfortable at home).
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[User Picture]From: tiny_wings
2012-07-26 11:55 am (UTC)
I'm hoping to avoid a ceasarean because epidurals scare me (I had one for an operation before), the recovery time is much longer, and I already have scar tissue on my belly from said operation. I am also not scheduled for a hospital delivery right now, because I don't like hospitals at all.

That said, if it comes down to the baby's safety, I will do anything the midwife/doctors tell me I should do.
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[User Picture]From: tiny_wings
2012-07-30 02:44 am (UTC)
Thanks for the encouraging words!
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