Silver Linings

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Silver Linings

At my last OB appointment, I found out I will be induced at week 39.  I’m approaching week 33 on Saturday, so that’s only 6 weeks away! 

The third trimester has been challenging so far.  For the most part, the second trimester was smooth sailing.  Now I’m feeling back pain, exhaustion and constipation.  My belly is getting so big, it’s hard to do simple tasks like unload the dishwasher or pick something up off the floor. 

While my frustration level has increased, I have been able to find a silver lining in it all (besides the obvious of creating a baby!).  My big belly, which has resulted in back pain, has increased the number of massages I have received from my husband.  Also the back pain and exhaustion has encouraged my husband to help out more around the house.  He has actually discovered there is a device called a vacuum cleaner and has figured out how to use it.  He also now realizes there isn’t a clothes fairy that automatically drops perfectly folded and clean clothes in his closet.  All kidding aside though, he has started to help out a lot with chores.

My big belly also resulted in frustrations, as I could no longer use my stomach for my infusion set site or my continuous glucose monitor (CGM) sites.  I had about a two-week period where I was very upset and didn’t know what to do or where to put my CGM.  I tried my love handles but that turned out very badly.  The silver lining in this is that I discovered that my upper butt is a great spot for my CGM.  I had spotty accuracy with my CGM when it was on my stomach but now that I’ve started to use my butt, the accuracy has improved a ton! The CGM manufacturer can’t advise a customer to use any body part but their stomach because that was all that was approved by the FDA.  I think that is too bad because I am much happier now that I’ve discovered my upper butt as a viable location. 

Even though my growing belly has brought exhaustion and back pain, I’ve loved feeling my little man’s kicks throughout the day.  I think I will be really sad when it’s time to deliver and I’ll no longer feel the kicks.  Luckily, I will get hugs from him instead.  Having my big belly has also caused people to be exceptionally nice to me.  I’m not sure why this is but I get the sweetest smiles from people on the street.  Maybe I look happier because I am pregnant, I don’t know.  But, I’ll take it.

In addition to the exhaustion and back pain, I’ve also seen my insulin resistance creeping up.  I’m not sure what silver lining I can find in this because it’s quite annoying that something that works one day, won’t work the next.  I do feel lucky that my rates haven’t increased too dramatically though.  I’m getting around 40 units of insulin per day now, when I used to get around 30.  40 is still pretty manageable because I don’t need to refill my insulin pump all that often and I’m not getting so much insulin at one meal that I need to resort to shots to help absorb it all (something I have read others have had to do).  My days of eating 80+ carbs per meal are over but I’m getting good nutrition for the baby.  Also, the insulin resistance means that my baby is growing nice and healthy so I guess that’s the silver lining in it all.

Starting this week, I will be going to the doctor’s office twice per week.  I go once to the high risk OB and once to the regular OB (and some weeks I will also throw in an endocrinologist visit).  While these appointments will become overwhelming and onerous, the silver lining is that I will get to see my little man on the ultrasound every week.  I’ve heard that non-diabetics usually get to see their baby once or twice on an ultrasound while pregnant.  I’ve already had 6 ultrasounds and will probably have up to 9 or 10 more!  An added perk is that I also get the 3D/4D ultrasounds done so I can really see his cute little face. 

About six more weeks to go!  I’m in the home stretch now so while these frustrations can get me at times, I know it’s only temporary and before long it will all be a distant memory as I’m snuggling with my little man.