Thursday, October 25, 2012

30 weeks - How I'm Feeling Update

How Far Along? 30 weeks. In the 30s! So exciting!

Any pregnancy news? Last week I posted all about my appointment where I was diagnosed with undiagnosed GD.  At first my OB assigned me to test my blood sugar 4 times a day, but after only two days we realized my sugars aren't a problem at all.  So, now I'm down to just twice a day to verify there's no problem.  I'm DESPERATELY waiting for my growth scan next friday.  If the baby is a normal size, that will eliminate the last remaining symptom and I will argue heavily to be cleared.  Most likely I will not be able to get that off my chart even if there's no problem with sugars, an average sized baby, and no indication of GD whatsoever.  It will make my birth more difficult because the doctors may feel the need to do more interventions in the name of my 'higher risk', but I'm not that worried about it.  I'm going to stay home until the last possible minute, and hopefully I'll either have the baby in the car or get there just in time.  An imperfect plan since the baby is currently breech and I've yet to be tested for group B strep, but it's been keeping me stress-free for the moment.  My hospital isn't a horrible place.  I'm hopeful that even if I get there earlier, I'll still be able to get a safe birth.
Measuring 4 weeks ahead

Position of the baby? I really think I've been having success this week using the spinning babies techniques.  I've realized that I'm 'sucking it in' almost all the time.  My belly muscles are pulled tight almost all the time, even when I'm just chillin on the couch.  I've been frequently reminding myself to relax those muscles, and using the baby movements as an additional reminder.  Whenever he moves I remind myself to relax.  I think this, and always sitting up straight/staying off my back, has let him move back to transverse (sideways).  I'm hopeful he'll be head down before the growth scan.  If he's not head down by the scan, I'll be phoning a chiropractor certified in the webster technique that same day.  I've never been to one and scared to start while pregnant, but it's best for baby to be born naturally so I've got to get over my fears!  I've also continued to do inversions at least once a day.

Maternity clothes? No real change here.  Although I did discover that my cousin's previously unwearable maternity yoga pants ARE wearable if I wear my be band over them to hold them up.  They're a size too large and almost fit except for constantly falling down.  With the beband they fit wonderfully.  That means I have a second pair of maternity yoga pants. YES!

Weight Gain? 161.8, I only gained .8lbs this week, bringing my total weight gain to 31.8lbs. That's weird! I have been doing A LOT of walking, but I'm still surprised it would make that much of a difference.  At this point the baby is supposed to be gaining a pound a week.  You'd think I'd really start to pack it on, but I suppose I'm happy with that since my goal is to stay under 45lbs gained.

Gender? It's a boy!

What I miss? I always miss my second childI'm missing beer again as well.  We watch a lot of sports and there are so many beer commercials!  Even if I'm perfectly happy in a non-drinking situation, those commercials stop me in my tracks. It'd be so nice to relax with a Guiness or other slow drinking beer.  It's times like this I remember to enjoy where I'm at now, and look forward to my 40s. lol.

Labor Signs? On tuesday I walked 5miles over the rolling hills in town instead of on the treadmill and REALLY overdid it.  My entire abdomin was in so much pain!  The pain gradually went away after a while, and was completely gone after I put DS to bed that night.  Then I was sure the baby had finally flipped which would've explained all the pain, but the next morning I thought either he flipped back or more likely he'd remained breech the whole time.  So much pain and it was all for nothing! I was so bummed.

Movement? Movement's have gotten a lot stronger, and because he's breech this means he's kicking my organs. It's not painful as much as super intense and just powerful!

Food cravings? I've been avoiding sugar for such a long time I finally caved and had a whole box of christmas tree cakes. Eek! Not a healthy snack!  The good thing about finishing the box is they're all gone now.  Still been wanting lots of lemonade, but haven't indulged that much at all.

What I'm looking forward too? Still reading lots of birth stories and have been really enjoying them this week.  Last week they were kind of tedious, but this week I've read a few that really resonated with me.  There was one by a woman who had two extrememly long births, and then her third labor was only 45min from start to finish. I know it's only my second, but I'm really hoping for a shorter labor this time!  I feel like it's possible if I could just get this silly baby into position.  Luckily, there's still lots of time.  I had a great dream this week that my baby was born today at exactly 30 weeks and was a perfectly healthy 5lbs.  The doctors couldn't believe it!  The birth experience was great and I woke up still with the image of this baby's face in my mind.  I was sad to still be pregnant, but happy with such a good omen.  I hope in ten weeks I'm celebrating a great experience similar to that dream.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

29 Weeks - Diagnosed w Undiagnosed GD...WHAT?

Included my legs so I don't look so fat!
How Far along? 29 Weeks. I can't wait to get into the 30s!

Any Pregnancy News? Had my OB appointment on Tuesday. I won't say it was terrible. I mean, I didn't cry or get upset or anything, but it was definitely frustrating. The positive news was confirmation from the doc that my evening and post-workout contractions are fine and normal.  I should just listen to my body if it's telling me to drink more water or rest, but no reason to hop on the phone unless they start getting really painful/regular. That was encouraging. Next was the Gestational Diabetes discussion. Since my last appointment, I had nearly failed the 1hr GD test, and refused to take the 3hr. My doctor decides to diagnose me with undiagnosed GD.  I decided not to touch how ridiculous it is to diagnose anyone with undiagnosed anything, and move to the crux of the issue.  I don't have GD! I know I don't.  I don't have any of the symptoms, etc.  I felt like I was making some headway until she measured my giant belly.  Measuring 4 weeks ahead. Crap! I knew that was normal for me since I measured very large for dates with DS, but I combined with my almost fail 1hr test there was no escaping my diagnosis undiagnosis.  ah geez. I was sent home to check my blood sugar via finger prick FOUR times a day, and a growth scan was ordered for my 30 week appointment.

I thought the whole thing was funny until I found out my insurance doesn't cover anything available over the counter. So I ended up spending $40 on the cheapest diabetic testing supplies known to man.  I have no idea what the ideal range is, but I knew the goal was to keep it under 120. My first value was 99. HA! Couldn't help but thing, "I TOLD YOU SO" while writing it down.  Post dinner was 83, seemed kinda low.  This pattern continued, fasting score of 74, and 2hrs after breakfast it was 82.  I was worried they were too low and the doc would think I had some sort of hypoglycemia issue.  So, I ate an enormous lunch (lasagna, yum!) and 2hrs later it was 109.  I decided to just call the doc and see if these super low scores were normal. The nurse took down all my scores, called me back, and said they were great.  In fact, the doc doesn't think I have GD, (I TOLD YOU SO!) but still wants me to check blood sugar twice a day until the next appointment. I agreed, but I really want to quit after that. I don't have either diagnosed or undiagnosed GD, and want that off my chart!  My son was a big belly and an average sized baby.  I'm hoping the growth scan shows the same and we can put this whole silly GD business behind us.  I do appreciate modern medicine, but I think sometimes they take 'just to make sure' a little too far.

Position of the baby? I didn't get a chance to ask the doc about it because we were deep in GD discussions, but I'm pretty sure he's still footling breech.  He's kicking my internal organs as I type, and I can sometimes feel his little head against my belly.  It feels really different from how DS's broad, flat, butt felt that I think it's the head.  If the growth scan confirms breech, then I'm going to ramp up my spinning babies efforts, and find a chiropractor certified in the webster technique.  DH has always been against chiropractors, but I really need to take every opportunity to get this baby turned while there's lots of room.  I realize there's lots of time, but there won't be lots of room for long.  Real estate becomes limited each week as the baby gets bigger.  It will only be more difficult to turn him.  Of course, if the scan shows he's head down after how much time I spent worrying about it this month, I don't know what I'll do. Probably laugh, and feel super relieved!
Me, at work, from the front. YIKES!

Maternity clothes? Was gifted some more clothes.  They're all yoga pants, though.  It makes me feel like a slob to wear them everyday. That being said, the more i wear them, the more uncomfortable my maternity jeans feel.  I figure it's the third trimester.  I can feel stylish after the baby comes ;)

Weight gain? 161. Only gained 1 lb this week! Brings me up to a total of 31 lbs gained. I often feel like working out doesn't make a difference, but last week I went to the gym or for a two mile walk everyday.  It made a difference!

Gender? It's a boy!

What I miss? I always miss my second child. I've been craving caffeine lately, and while I'm keeping to my limit of 150mg a day, it'd be nice to just go wild one day just because it's what I want. Sadly, with breastfeeding it could possibly be years before I can indulge in such an unhealthy way. Probably a good thing, but it leaves me feeling that I'm not in control of my own body and I don't like that feeling.

Labor signs? Just BH contractions in the evenings or when I'm working out. I'm so used to them now I can always function through them. It's amazing how tight and rock hard my belly gets when I'm having them.

Movement? Feeling movement with DS was so much more enjoyable. Every time I feel this baby move, I'm immediately trying to determine his position. I just know he's head up.  Feeling him move just confirms that.  I can't wait until he flips although I'll always be wanting confirmation that he's positioned properly.

Food Cravings? I had the best glass of lemonade yesterday. That's another great thing about pregnancy. The food cravings are rough, but food satisfies so much more than any other time.

What I'm looking forward too? I'm doing much better with my birth story reading. So far this week I've already read over 30 birth stories.  I might not hit my weekly goal of 50 stories read, but I've got a rhythm now.  My goal seems very attainable.  I also want to pick up Ina May's guide to childbirth at the library.  I suspect DS is getting strep throat like all his friends. He's never had antibiotics before, so this could be a traumatic experience for the both of us and I'm not looking forward to that.  We'll just have to approach it with an open mind.  I'd hate for antibiotics to wipe out the immune system I have so carefully nurtured with breastmilk, avoiding hand sanitizer, etc, but I have to hope and trust I've made it strong enough to be able to rebuild after such a blow.  We also have no way of knowing if he's allergic to them or not.  I hope he doesn't have strep and we can avoid them for a while longer!

This week's pic of DS! Taken while on a long walk. We love our 'hikes'!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

28 Weeks - 3rd Trimester Update

How Far Along? 28 weeks, the beginning of the 3rd trimester. I made it! This was the last milestone I was looking forward to this pregnancy. Next milestone is the birth!

Any Pregnancy News? My appt is this week. Last week I talked about how I refused to take the 3hr GD test since I passed the 1hr (only by 4pts).  This week I guess I should explain why I'm going to be refusing the 28 week rhogam shot.  Rhogam isn't a vaccine, it's a blood product, and I consider it to be very safe.  It's a blood product made from special blood donors for the purpose of preventing an RH- blood type woman from developing antibodies to RH+ blood types.  If I were to develop antibodies, my body would attack the blood of any RH+ unborn child and cause major pregnancy complications if not end the pregnancy.  It's recommended that the shot be given within 48-72hrs of the mother/baby's blood mixing to prevent the mothers bodies from making antibodies.  Since the only chance of blood mixing is at the birth (assuming there is no major trauma like a car accident) I choose wait until after the birth to get the product.  Although I consider it to be a very safe blood product, I prefer not to expose the baby to it.  Some of my aunts are also RH- and have done it this way as well.  I got the shot after the birth of my son, after he was confirmed to be RH+, and after my miscarriage.  This is my 3rd pregnancy and my blood tests still show no antibodies.  My method works, and it's the way it was done by all RH- pregnant women through the 90s until recently when they started recommending the shot at 28weeks.  Honestly, I think both options are extremely safe.  It just comes down to personal preference and family experience.  My family has always gotten it after the birth, so that's what I do too. The only thing that's a pain is having one more thing to refuse at the the OB office. I feel like I'm a terrible patient to constantly be questioning her!

Position of the baby? I kind of gave up on any hope of him turning this week because I decided to do the 7 day treatment for yeast infection.  I've always heard that babies will never turn head down while a woman is being treated for yeast infection, and even that some properly positioned babies will turn breech when a woman starts treatment.  There's no scientific evidence to support this, it's just something I've seen discussed multiple times online.  Imagine my surprise when he seemed to turn on tuesday. While he's still not perfectly vertical, his head is generally on one hip or the other and his feet kick the top or sides of my belly. Last night was the last day of treatment, so I'm very pleased, and hopeful this baby will be in the right position at birth, even if he flip flops a few more times before then.

Maternity clothes? Somehow I only have two pairs of maternity pants that fit, and my shirt options are decreasing everyday. It's the first day of the 3rd trimester and already I have so many shirts that are just too short. So annoying!

Weight Gain? 160. Up 30lbs! Gained 3lbs this week.  I've been gaining 2/week, so I hope not running doesn't bump it up to 3/week.  Watching the scale increase is tough! Running is finally a thing of the past. I'm still on the treadmill almost everyday, but I can't run. I either get severe pubic bone pain or intense contractions or my belly/back/pelvis just screams to stop. My body is saying it's over, and I'm listening. For now, I'm doing a brisk walk at a 5% incline for 60min, and then a lower incline for a bit longer.  I'd like to walk for 2hrs, but that doesn't always happen.

23 weeks with DS, 28 weeks this pregnancy, and 32 weeks with DS.  Seems about the same to me!

Gender? It's a boy!

What I miss? I always miss my second child. I've been craving caffeine lately, and while I'm keeping to my limit of 150mg a day, it'd be nice to just go wild one day just because it's what I want.  Sadly, with breastfeeding it could possibily be years before I can indulge in such an unhealthy way. Probably a good thing, but it leaves me feeling that I'm not in control of my own body and I don't like that feeling.

Labor signs? Hardly anything this week. I don't think I've even had 10 contractions this week. YAY!

Movement? Sometimes I can feel every bit of this baby's movements so well I wonder if I'm going to have a more painful labor. It just seems unusual to feel every part of him. When he moves I can even feel bubble-like fluid swirling from one area to the next. I probably won't mention it to my doc because we won't have time at our next appointment with so much other stuff to discuss, but I am curious.

Food Cravings? I did have a milkshake this week, but I'm trying not to indulge in too much sweets since my weight gain is already so high. Though I'm trying to cut down on sweets and sweet drinks, spicy food is still on the menu!

What I'm looking forward too?  Only read 13 birth stories this week. My first pregnancy I read the majority of them at work, I can't believe not working is such an obstacle to birth story reading. That's such a big part of preparing for birth, I've got to get better! My goal is still 50/week, and I have lots of time before the birth to figure out a better routine. I'm also looking forward to sorting through all DS's old baby clothes, seeing what we still need, making lists, and really getting read for baby. I can't wait for him to arrive!

That's it for this week! So happy and thankful to be in the 3rd trimester.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

27 Week Update!

How Far Along? 27 weeks! Only a week left until that 28week milestone! I've been so lazy about belly pics recently, and it's huge! I promise to get some good pics this week.

Any Pregnancy News? The GD test saga continues. You can read about it in my last week's post, but I'll try to sum up. Last week my doc said since I only passed my 1hr Gestational Diabetes test by 4pts that I needed to watch my diet and she would discuss the results with me at my next appointment.  Well, this week the office called me and said that since my doctor had reviewed my chart more she thought I should take the 3hr test. I was like, "um...no.  I'm not doing that." lol. I hate being a terrible patient, but I know I don't have GD.  The 1hr test made me so sick, I'm not going to endure the 3hr test. I'll probably pass out or something. Luckily my doc is used to me refusing things and said we will discuss at my next appt and maybe do some extra monitoring.  Considering my weight gain, I'm not opposed to going back on metformin (diabetes medication I used to treat infertility and reduce risk of miscarriage, both caused by the fertility condition PCOS.  Stopped at 20 weeks).  Humorously, my next appointment is also the one at which I'll be refusing my rhogam shot.  I'll go into my reasons more next week, but I really do feel bad being such a difficult patient!

Position of the baby? This week he's been head down a few times and I consider that somewhat of a victory, but he's never straight vertical.  When he goes head down his head is on my right hip, and his but is on the upper left part of my belly.  I can push on his butt and feel it on my right hip.  Generally, though, he'll end up happily in the transverse position.  I have an untreated yeast infection that I've been managing with natural methods, and I'm wondering if he won't put his head there because of that. I've heard a few women say that happened to them. I think I may have to cave and go with the expensive meds. I'm still doing inversions and following a lot of the other recommendations from the spinning babies program, and I actually credit some of those exercises with stopping my contractions on tuesday.

Maternity clothes? yes! All maternity, all the time. I was thinking of cutting out this category, but soon we'll be to the part where even maternity clothes don't fit. So, I'll keep it in for now.

Weight Gain? Up 27lbs! Still gaining 2lbs a week.  It's definitely starting to upset me, but I have to remember I gained 50lbs with my son's pregnancy.  I'm on track to do that again.  I lost it all last time, and I'll do it again! There's really not much else I could be doing to avoid it. I'm exercising and eating well. If I went any further I'd be limiting calories.

Sleep? No problems there! I have been needing more sleep than usual, and DH has been amazing getting up with DS many mornings so I can sleep in an extra hour.  I feel bad about it though.  He works really hard so I can stay home.  If one of us has to be tired, it makes more sense if it's the person who stays home.

Gender? It's a boy!

What I miss? I always miss my second child. My running has really gone downhill.  Unfortunately, it seems like the better the baby's position, but worse my running goes. When he's transverse everything's great, and when he's head down I have lots of pain and even contractions. I couldn't run at all last night because he was in that position.

Labor signs? I def had regular contractions after running on tuesday night. I knew they weren't serious, because they weren't that tight although they were long and painful.  They didn't go away with water, but they did go away almost immediately after I started eating.  I think I didn't eat enough during the day before my exercise and it was a bit much for my body.


DS contemplating the baby chickens last week at a local organic farm
Movement? Sometimes I can feel every bit of this baby's movements so well I wonder if I'm going to have a more painful labor.  It just seems unusual to feel every part of him.  When he moves I can even feel bubble-like fluid swirling from one area to the next.  I probably won't mention it to my doc because we won't have time at our next appointment with so much other stuff to discuss, but I am curious.

Food cravings? Not really.  In fact, I'm wondering where my appetite has gone. I think it might be just because he's bigger and my stomach is smaller. Because of my questionable GD results, I've been sure to eat breakfast everyday.  I think that's helped, but I have no idea!

What I'm looking forward too? I couldn't resist anymore and did start reading birth stories this week.  I can't believe I only had time to read 7! I was hoping to read 50 or more a week in preparation for the birth.  Now, I'm kind of glad I started this early so I can change my schedule a bit in order to read more.  They're so helpful for me to emotionally prepare for the birth.  That's where I learned the most about different complications and what they normally lead to. Even though I'm going to have a hospital birth, I read all types of stories.  Home birth stories are just as educational because the women can talk about how they got through transition and the feeling of pushing.  There aren't very many natural hospital birth stories, so home birth stories really help with emotional preparation for such a huge task.

That's it for this week! I feel so close to the 3rd trimester. I want to be there already!