Pregnancy & Motherhood

Pregnancy & Motherhood

Getting into the new swing of things

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James just turned 3 months old the other day. Three months! Where is the time going? People say it goes by so fast...well, the first 8 weeks – until he smiled for the first time – seemed to last forever, but the last 4 weeks have indeed gone by in the blink of an eye. I am fortunate that I’ve been able to spend the last 3 months at home. On Facebook, I’ve created a special friends list - ‘the James Fan Club’ - who see all the ‘baby spam’ photos and videos. Soon I’ll start working part-time, but I won’t go back to work full-time until the end of September, when James is 6 months old (which I can already see on the horizon).

Top things I learned during my pregnancy

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First trimester

I didn’t realize I was pregnant until I was about 7 weeks pregnant. Ooops. It was good news but not totally expected because my husband and I were just starting to consider whether we might need medical help to get pregnant. The first diabetes management change I made after I got over the surprise was to reduce the high alert on my CGM from 160 mg/dL (8.9 mmol/L) to 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L). My pre-pregnancy A1C was 6.0%, so my control was already tight, but in the land of pregnancy, the tighter the better so long as it can be done safely.

The Bigger Picture

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By mid-September, when my husband and I started telling people I was pregnant (we waited the conventional 12 weeks), I was checking myself out in the mirror every day. Was the slight pudge around my middle beginning to resemble a bump? With each conversation in which I shared the big news, I felt eyes drop from my face to my waist, looking for a sign of the bun in the oven. I still looked just a bit fat by 20 weeks, much to my chagrin, but after that point it looked more like I was having a real baby than a food baby.

That's when I made up my mind about booking a pregnancy photo shoot.

Giving Birth to Lucy

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To make a 6-day story short, I was scheduled to be induced on January 27th, at 38.5 weeks along in my pregnancy. There wasn't any particularly urgent reason aside from the statistics around pregnancy with diabetes and the general protocol that type 1 women not go past 39 weeks for the sake of both mom and baby's well-being.

Not Bad...for a Diabetic Placenta!

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"Not bad for a diabetic placenta!" I joked proudly after my most recent check-up at 36 weeks pregnant. My placenta, indeed, doesn't look "diabetic" at all, but I couldn't help but feel gratefully relieved when my OBGYN explained that the results of the latest NST (non-stress test) that observes the baby's heartbeat along with any contractions implied that my placenta was functioning fully and awesomely, supporting the baby's needs fully and completely.

6 Weeks Postpartum

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It’s been about six weeks since I gave birth to my son. Life with a baby is pretty great. I love all of his cuddles and snuggles. My little guy is doing awesome at gaining weight and I’ve been doing pretty well at losing weight. I gained about 40 pounds during the pregnancy and I’ve lost about 35 so I only have 5 more pounds to go! My son was 10 pounds 14 ounces at birth and lost a little weight over the first few days but now 6 weeks later, he is up over 14 pounds! We saw his pediatrician last week and she was very impressed at his weight gain and how well breastfeeding was going for us. After giving birth, breastfeeding was probably the number one thing I was worried about with my diabetes so I’m so happy it has been going well.

I Almost Let Diabetes Fear Stop Me From Pursuing Pregnancy

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I’m just barely 32 weeks pregnant as I type this. If I could move time forward 6 weeks I absolutely would, because—oy vey—the bun in my oven is taking up a lot of space and it’s just uncomfortable and tiring and…did I mention tiring? She's squishing my lungs so much that just bringing the laundry basket up the stairs to the bedroom feels like I hiked a mountain…but every time she kicks is a nice little reminder that this is an amazing thing my body is doing.

My Son has Arrived!

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In my last post I revealed what led up to the day of my son’s birth. As I mentioned, Wednesday, November 5th my husband and I arrived at my OB’s office for a regularly scheduled check-up. We were told then that our baby was going to be delivered that day via C-section.

Change of Plans-Welcoming our Son a Little Early!

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Hi all! Sorry for my absence the last few weeks. Since my last blog post from week 36, a lot has happened! I welcomed my baby boy, Cooper, into this world on November 5th at 3:57 PM. He was 10 pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches long. He was perfectly healthy minus a little bit of low blood sugar. Before I get to the birth story, I thought I would share what led up to his birth.