Gestational Diabetes


Last Friday I went to my ob/gyn and everything looked good. My incision is healing really well and she was happy with my progress. I’m still on hold for exercise since it’s only been 6 weeks post baby but I can go for walks, which I have been doing a little bit.

Yesterday I went to the Endocrinologist. My blood work is back and I am diabetes free!!! Woo Hoo!! I just need to work on my weight, which I know. I gained a total of 22 pounds and I only have about 8 pounds left to lose. And them some from before I got pregnant.  But overall I am doing well.

We had our son on April 17th as planned but a bit later.  Four emergency c-sections came in and bumped us.  So instead of an 8:30ish birth time.  He was born at 10:51 in the morning.  Everything went well and we are both doing well.  He was 8 pounds and 7 ounces and 20 3/4 inches long.   He sleeps all the time, more so than my first son.  I am not handling recovery as well as the first time around.  I had to take pain meds this time.  Which is part of the reason why I think he sleeps more.  I am definitely less mobile but am trying my best.  It definitely makes you question a third.  But my desire in a couple of years will most likely out weigh my memories.  They (docs) say my sugar looked fine, I go for a test in 8 weeks to get the definite results but I’m back on sugar for now.  However I am trying to be better and not overdose.  That’s it for now!

I can’t believe there are only 6 days left before our family goes from 3 to 4.  This time next week there will be another baby boy gracing the world with his presence and I’m not sure if my 2 year old is ready.   He’s such a mommy’s boy.  He cuddles and clings any chance he can get.  I really don’t think he will adjust very well.

I, on the other hand, am definitely ready to be not pregnant.  I am so tired of watching everything I eat, checking my sugar 4 times a day and getting shots.  Oh, and measuring and spacing meals out every 3 hours.  I just want pizza!!!  I can definitely sympathize with a diabetic at this point.  I don’t know how anyone can do this for the rest of their lives!  I can barely make it 8 weeks.

And on top of all that, I’ve been having contractions for 2 weeks now.  It’s now up to about 10 a day.  But since it’s nothing ‘regular’ (which it really isn’t) they send me on my way and tell me that they’ll either see me on the 17th or when I’m having them every 5 minutes for over an hour!  So I grin and bear it.

At least I am done working!!!!  Well at least going to work, those yahoos will be calling me every 5 minutes with questions.  And definitely emailing me all the time.

As I said, I’m definitely ready to not be pregnant but am I ready to be a mom to 2, hmmmm, the jury is still out on that one!!

Well I did another round of visits today.  I was pleasantly surprised to get a weight measurement at my ultra-sound visit.  He is weighing in at 6 pounds 15 ounces.  That puts him into the 65th percentile.  Everything look good and it was on to the monitoring room.  I got stuck on the monitor for a bit longer, his heart rate was up and down which is good and what they want to see; but when it was up it was around 190 bpm sometimes.  But since everything else looked normal I was free to go!

Next stop, the endocrinologist.   I felt that I had some really low numbers but they were okay with them.  There were no changes made to my amount of insulin.  My swelling isn’t that bad, just slightly.  And because I have more of a desk job then I’m still okay to continue working.  Yeah. *heavy sarcasm*  And then the doc sent me off for blood work.  Just to see where some numbers are, I guess.  Three hours later I’m headed home.

At my last visit I was told that the baby is sitting a bit lower than normal, where he remains today.  And I have a bit more pelvic swelling than normal, hence the extra pressure and pain I have been feeling.  Solution; lay down when I feel it.  HA, if it were only that easy.  Try and explain that to a two year old who wants to play and a job that wants me to work.  Oh, and a house that needs cleaning.  Well, I’m trying my best; at least there’s only 24 days to go!

I had an appointment last Thursday and it was okay.  I had 2 mild contractions while hooked up to the machine and the baby’s heart rate dipped low but didn’t stay low and came back up on his own.  Things they are now watching more closely.

Then I went to pick up my son and he had a fever.  Since I can’t afford to take any days off from work he stayed home with hubby.   He didn’t throw up until Saturday morning and his fever finally broke around Saturday afternoon, just when we lost electric.  Yep from 6 at night until 11 the next morning we had no power.  By the morning the house temp was in the low 50s (Fahrenheit).  So we packed ourselves up and off to my mom’s we went.  Of course we are only 2 miles away from her.  But we went back once the house warmed up some.

Today I had another visit, of course.  The ultra-sound went well and I had two contractions again.  But his heart rate was very good.  He seems to have a higher heart rate in the afternoon.  But that just means he takes after the rest of the family, NOT MORNING PEOPLE!!! ; )  Then the diabetic clinic called.  They are upping my doses again!  My breakfast, lunch and bedtime shots are all increasing by 2 – 4 units.  Will this never end???  Okay, it will, in 5 weeks!

I went for a ‘bio-physical’.   Which basically means an ultra-sound to check the amniotic fluid levels, the organs and the weight of the baby.  Then I go on a machine where two belts are put around me and it monitors the baby’s heart rate and my uterine activity, called a non-stress test (NST).   The ultra-sound went well as did the NST.   The baby has to increase his heart rate two times for an additional 20 bpm for a minute duration.  He also has to move so many times during the 20 minutes.  I did have a minor contraction, not that that’s what they’re looking for.

My endocrinologist called  and we had to up my dosages more!  I can’t get any more shots at this point but I can get more insulin.  I’m just wondering wen I’ll level out, if ever.  I took my increase dose for dinner and apparently it didn’t work because my glucose number was still high.  Only 45 days to go!

I get a call around 10 this morning (asking) telling me that I need to go see the Endocrinologist; as soon as possible. Well, it was either today at 1 or April. Hmmmm, not really an option there.  So off I went to the appointment, not even sure why.

Apparently since my glucose levels are not in control yet the doctor wanted to see me.  We changed my bedtime and breakfast dosages.  And she explained more to me on what is going on and why I haven’t leveled out yet.   She was really nice and kept asking if I had any more questions and did I understand everything that was going on.  She actually sat with me for 1/2 an hour.  You don’t see many doctors taking their time.  It’s usually a rush visit so they can get to the next patient.

Right now it’s almost a game of what dose of insulin will allow me to eat.   Tomorrow is my ob/gyn appointment, which I have been very anxious about since I haven’t seen them since this whole insulin business started.

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