Pregnancy & Motherhood

Pregnancy & Motherhood

One Month Old

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So we have made it one month since my daughter's birth, and we have had a lot of firsts already.  She has had her first doctor's appointment, first trip out in public, and first all night crying fest.  And we are still going strong with breastfeeding, thankfully.  Diabetes is still there, obviously, and I'm keeping up with it the best I can.  Even though I rely on the CGM a lot more than I'd like to, it is the main way I keep up with my numbers.  But I love being her mom, and her hugs are the best. 

C-Section Aftermath, Breastfeeding, and Diabetes Management

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In the few hours following my C-section, I was still wearing my Dexcom CGM.  My numbers sky rocketed up to the 300s following my surgery.  I think the spike had more to do with the fact that I hadn't eaten anything in 36 hours.  When I was finally taken to my recovery room, I was offered pain medication to help me sleep.  I asked not to have anything that contained acetaminophen since having that in my system would mess up my readings.  So I was given a Motrin before I went to sleep, and that combined with the anesthesia from the surgery helped me to sleep for roughly four hours.  However, I started feeling soreness when I woke up the next morning.  I was given a medicine that contained some acetaminophen, so I had to get rid of the Dexcom the rest of the time I was in the hospital.  I didn't put another one one until I got home five days later. 

She is Here!

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My daughter is here!  It feels so amazing to be able to say those words.  She was born on May 22nd at 7:18 pm, weighing 8 lbs 8 oz and measuring 20.5 inches long.  It's been almost two weeks since her birth, and so much has happened since then.  And I'm currently trying to write this post while keeping an ear out on the next room for when she wakes up.  Hopefully, it won't take me another two weeks to write this post.  I will briefly recount her birth story and what diabetes management has been like since she's been in my life. 

Ready or Not, Here She Comes

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This week has been a real busy week in preparing for our daughter's arrival.  I had so much anxiety about my OB appointment on Wednesday because I was worried about her size and being induced earlier than I wanted.  This appointment would also be my last regular appointment before the 39 week goal that my doctor set for me.  I wanted to end things on a good note and go into my induction with hope and optimism.  I also had my last endocrinology appointment on Thursday, so I was rounding things out in my last week as a diabetic pregnant woman. 

Full Term

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I've made it!  I'm officially considered a full term pregnant woman.  I feel like this is a huge accomplishment, especially as a woman with type 1 diabetes.  However, I've noticed that being full term comes with it's own set of big challenges.  And by big challenges, I mean being big all around from my basketball belly to my swollen feet.  I also am inching ever closer to the general rule of thumb that I will take three times the amount of insulin from pre-pregnancy.  Plus, now I'm going to the doctor weekly and I've begun the countdown to my daughter's birthday. 

High Risk Outcast

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For the past month or so, I'm thankful to say that my pregnancy has been fairly boring.  My weight gain has plateaued (34 lbs.) and so has my insulin resistance (42 units basal, and 1:6 bolus ratio).  The last 2 OB appointments have gone very smooth; in fact, I've spent more time in the waiting room than actually seeing my doctor.  My blood pressure and urine have all come back fine, which I count as a huge blessing.  For most of my formerly-pregnant friends who ended up getting complications such as preeclampsia, the symptoms started showing by now.  So I feel like I've beat some personal goal by making it to 34 weeks and everything about me seems like a normal, non-diabetic pregnant woman. 

Crashing on the Finish Line

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Today I am 33 weeks pregnant, so I have 7 or so left to go.  This week I had an OB appointment, and I was initially nervous about it because this period is usually when things start to go bad for high-risk pregnancies.  And I'm having to keep a keen eye on my calendar these days, because everyday it seems like there's something baby-related that I need to do.  Between now and May, I have zero free weekends due to childbirth classes, a baby shower, and my husband's pending graduation.  After that, we're officially on labor watch, and I feel like I'm going to crash at the finish line. 

Uncomfortable

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My basketball-sized belly has caused me to rethink the way I have to do certain tasks.  I can't do some simple tasks because I have to compensate for the girth I have developed over the past few weeks.  And it's been quite a challenge to get around.  I've also started to experience some swelling that forces me to take it easy when I would otherwise be busy.  It's like my body wants me to take it easy more often than I'm used to.  I have 8 more weeks left in my pregnancy, and I should probably take advantage of what my body is telling me to do.

Thinking about D-Day

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I'm 31 weeks pregnant today, and I'm constantly thinking about the day I'll get to meet my daughter.  I close my eyes and think about hearing her first cry.  I imagine it's like when my husband proposed to me:  it was something I thought about constantly, but all of my thoughts couldn't compare to when it actually happened.  I keep wondering how that day will go.  Will I have to be induced or will I go into labor on my own?  Will I have a short labor or a long, tiring one?  Either way, it's something that's been on my mind for awhile.