Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Gestational Diabetes Check In: Week 7

Another day, another finger prick...is this over yet?

I don't mean to sound whiny...because it's really not that bad, but I do have to say I am 150% over this whole GD thing. It's gotten easier...yes, but does it mean I like it? #Nope

24 more days until my due date...which means about 100 more finger pokes give or take depending on if this baby likes to arrive early like his momma, or if he will be more laid back (i.e. in no hurry) like his dad :) 

Diet

This may have been the very best thing to come out of this diagnoses...not only is baby getting the best nutrition possible, but AJ and I are enjoying some pretty spectacular meals.

These meals always have tons of leftovers, which turn into a very easy lunch for me...and the planning ahead means we waste very little food and are actually spending less money at the grocery store.

This last week I have been able to relax even more on my diet...I have even pushed the envelope a little more than normal (I successfully had Papa Johns pizza!!!) and my numbers have been great...a little low even.

From what I have read GD seems to peak between 32-34 weeks and then levels off toward the end due to the placentas natural aging process and baby getting bigger and needing more nutrients. I am still sticking to my diet as closely as possible, because I am a rule follower, but it's nice to be able to fit in a few fun meals here and there without worrying about my blood sugar spiking.

Testing

I am hoping I have purchased my last set of testing strips. If baby is born on his due date I will have plenty to get me through...but if he comes a little late I will be short a few strips. I am hoping to get permission from my doctor this week to test less. My numbers have all been in the 80's and 90's this last week (and she wants me below 120) and at $1.30 per test strip even one lest testing per day would be helpful :) 

I have read that some women still test their sugars after their baby is born to make sure their levels have gotten better...but I think I will just be mindful of what I eat to keep my blood sugars in check and wait until I get to take that lovely glucose test again at my 6 week post-postpartum appointment -oh yes, I get to drink that love drink again #BeJealous

Exercise

 This definitely isn't getting any easier as I get bigger and bigger...but I am so grateful that I am still able to get moving 5-6 days per week. I'm still running (with lots of walk breaks) at least 3 times per week, sometimes 4...and then trying to make it to Jazzercise 2-3 times each week. Working out not only helps my numbers, but I think it has played a huge part in alleviating back/hip/body pain :)

I definitely am starting to feel self-conscious about my run/waddle and my excellent dance moves...but I am 9 months pregnant, so I hope people aren't judging too harshly ;) 


Emotionally

In an effort to keep it real I have to admit I had my first bratty "IT'S NOT FAIR" moment this week. I usually can keep things in perspective, but on Saturday AJ was out with his brother eating Pizza Shoppe and then they were brewing beer afterwards...and I was stuck at home doing laundry and cleaning out the closets.

I usually treasure these Saturdays to myself (and I love a good organizing session) but I definitely had a few moments during the day where I resented that he was out eating delicious food, drinking beer, and having fun. It's been a LONG 9 months of giving up things and being DD...which of course is more than worth it to me...but pregnancy hormones cannot always be reasoned with :)

I had a little solo cry session, and then the feelings passed quickly and now that I am thinking clearly I know that every single little sacrifice these last 9 mos will be more than worth it when I hold our sweet boy in my arms. All I am saying is he better love his mommy the most :)

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