Pregnancy & Motherhood

Pregnancy & Motherhood

Full Term

Pregnancy and Diabetes Blog

July 16, 2011

 

Full term.

That’s what they call it when you reach 37 weeks pregnant. So, even though he still needs to bake a little bit more, he could arrive any time now.

Time To Relax

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July 10, 2011

 

We usually make a once-a-year trip to the beach, rent a house, and everyone stays together and we have a great time hanging out on the beach during the day and playing board and video games at night. It’s a way to get everyone back together, disconnect from normal, stressful life, relax, and reconnect to each other. Last week was vacation week for the family, and while I did have to come back to work for most of the week, I did get to enjoy the weekend with them.

35 Weeks - Sarah

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July 6, 2011

 

Wow, what a week! Or.. past couple of weeks, should I say. I have “fallen off the wagon” yet again and forgot to post last week. But, we are now in the home-stretch at 35 weeks, with only a week and a half left until BabyK is full term, and only 31 more days – One month exactly - until my due date!!

A Hot, Swollen Mess.

Pregnancy and Diabetes Blog

June 17, 2011

 

So sorry for missing my post last week. We had a lot going on last weekend with baby showers, and trips and it was my slip up. Normally I’m prepared for things like that and I post ahead, but with my preggo brain these days, most everything I do is last minute or forgotten. So to try to make up for it, I’ll make this one an extra long post.

Contractions and Sites

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May 30, 2011

One of the scariest parts of being pregnant to most, if not all, women is the fact that labor is coming at some point in time. Just the thought of the contractions, the water breaking, the rush to the hospital, the pushing is enough to make your head spin. Of course, if you’re one that has to have a c-section and gets to avoid that part, your fear or worry is then shifted to the procedure itself and the recovery.

More Testing

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May 23, 2011

So I’m in my 29th week of this pregnancy and boy have things changed!

I went for my OB appointment this past Thursday and while everything is going well as far as they can see, I have been started on twice-weekly NSTs (Non-Stress Test). This is where I go in and they hook up two monitors to my belly – one for measuring the baby’s heartbeat and the other for measuring contractions (EEK! Sounds bad, but it’s really not. You have contractions all throughout your pregnancy, but they monitor you closely the closer you are to your due date to make sure they aren’t intense enough or frequent enough to worry about).


We did the first one Thursday right after my appointment. It took a little while to do because I hadn’t eaten all morning (wasn’t expecting to have to stay!) since they usually get a fasting bg reading when I go for morning appointments. You are encouraged to eat or drink before coming because it kind of wakes the baby up and gets them moving making for a shorter visit. Which held true this morning. I ate a good breakfast and went on my way. Last time, the testing was for just over an hour. This time it was only about 45-50 minutes. Granted, breakfast is my hardest meal to bolus for since I stay high so long afterwards ( even if I prebolus 45 minutes ahead!), but I’ll just have to keep trying foods until I find something I know won’t mess me up too awful bad. I’ll have to say though. I thought I’d be bored out of my mind, but being able to sit beside the machine that is echoing my baby’s heartbeat is really an awesome thing. Instead of reading or anything, I just sat back, closed my eyes and listened in awe. This really is the most wonderful thing I have ever done in spite of having diabetes, apart from getting married, of course! (If you want to see the monitor and hear the heartbeats, click here.)


My bgs this past week are a different story though. They have been more out of control than I’d like to admit. I hate looking at the meter and hoping for a nice 120 something and seeing a big fat 180 or 230 come up on that screen. The worst part? Sure, you worry about being high and how it affects the baby… but you know that thing that happens when you’re high? That insatiable hunger that makes you feel icky but you want to eat nothing but sweets all because your brain is saying “HEYY!! I NEED GLUCOSE!!”, not knowing you already have a ton of it in your system because you’re insulin dosage wasn’t right? Yeah. That’s SO hard to deal with. So not only am I chugging regular or flavored water, I’m also doing everything I can do avoid snacks and sweets when I’m the least bit out of range because (a) I know that’s not going to make the “hunger” go away and (2) it’s just going to cause me to take more insulin and stay high longer… especially now.


I’ll be faxing in my bgs to my endo tomorrow because I need a little help figuring out what I need to change. I know some basals may need changing, but I’m thinking some food ratios and correction ratios may need changing too. I’ll keep you guys updated as much as I can, and hopefully get back on track to posting on Saturdays or Sundays so you can read on the weekends or if you’re a bright-eyed-Monday-morning reader. J

Take care!

 

More Testing

Pregnancy and Diabetes Blog

So I’m in my 29th week of this pregnancy and boy have things changed!

 

I went for my OB appointment this past Thursday and while everything is going well as far as they can see, I have been started on twice-weekly NSTs (Non-Stress Test). This is where I go in and they hook up two monitors to my belly – one for measuring the baby’s heartbeat and the other for measuring contractions (EEK! Sounds bad, but it’s really not. You have contractions all throughout your pregnancy, but they monitor you closely the closer you are to your due date to make sure they aren’t intense enough or frequent enough to worry about).

 

We did the first one Thursday right after my appointment. It took a little while to do because I hadn’t eaten all morning (wasn’t expecting to have to stay!) since they usually get a fasting bg reading when I go for morning appointments. You are encouraged to eat or drink before coming because it kind of wakes the baby up and gets them moving making for a shorter visit. Which held true this morning. I ate a good breakfast and went on my way. Last time, the testing was for just over an hour. This time it was only about 45-50 minutes. Granted, breakfast is my hardest meal to bolus for since I stay high so long afterwards ( even if I prebolus 45 minutes ahead!), but I’ll just have to keep trying foods until I find something I know won’t mess me up too awful bad. I’ll have to say though. I thought I’d be bored out of my mind, but being able to sit beside the machine that is echoing my baby’s heartbeat is really an awesome thing. Instead of reading or anything, I just sat back, closed my eyes and listened in awe. This really is the most wonderful thing I have ever done in spite of having diabetes, apart from getting married, of course! (If you want to see the monitor and hear the heartbeats, click here.)

 

My bgs this past week are a different story though. They have been more out of control than I’d like to admit. I hate looking at the meter and hoping for a nice 120 something and seeing a big fat 180 or 230 come up on that screen. The worst part? Sure, you worry about being high and how it affects the baby… but you know that thing that happens when you’re high? That insatiable hunger that makes you feel icky but you want to eat nothing but sweets all because your brain is saying “HEYY!! I NEED GLUCOSE!!”, not knowing you already have a ton of it in your system because you’re insulin dosage wasn’t right? Yeah. That’s SO hard to deal with. So not only am I chugging regular or flavored water, I’m also doing everything I can do avoid snacks and sweets when I’m the least bit out of range because (a) I know that’s not going to make the “hunger” go away and (2) it’s just going to cause me to take more insulin and stay high longer… especially now.

 

I’ll be faxing in my bgs to my endo tomorrow because I need a little help figuring out what I need to change. I know some basals may need changing, but I’m thinking some food ratios and correction ratios may need changing too. I’ll keep you guys updated as much as I can, and hopefully get back on track to posting on Saturdays or Sundays so you can read on the weekends or if you’re a bright-eyed-Monday-morning reader. J

 

Take care!

One Moment At a Time

Pregnancy and Diabetes Blog

May 17, 2011

The homestretch… the last leg… the season finale… okay, well, maybe not the season finale, but it’s here either way you say it. The third and final trimester. And while it’s nice to think that my little boy will be here, in my arms, in about 10-11 more short weeks, it’s also the scariest.


I know things have to be dealt with one day at a time. If there’s anything this pregnancy has taught me so far is that fact alone. But I am so much of a future planner. Thinking in June and July how I’m going to budget for Christmas. How to plan the summers to fix up our house to bring it more and more up to date, while fixing things that have broken over the year. About the only thing I don’t plan is meals for the week… which is my next project. The point being is that I like to have a plan. One that can be stuck to without much change. I like to know what’s coming and have a plan as to how exactly to carry it out and make things work perfect, as I know I am not a person that does well with sudden change. And that has been my hardest thing to let go of to gain more of a “go with the flow” attitude.


I knew with the third trimester would come some major insulin resistance. My endocrinologist already warned me that I could double, if not triple, my insulin intake during that time. Well, let me tell you, at 28 weeks now, I am now at the double mark and coming up to that triple mark… at least for bolusing. A simple breakfast this morning of 1 ½ cups of cheerios, 1 cup of milk, and two strawberries topped me out at 17.2 units of insulin… Something that at the beginning of my pregnancy may not have been but maybe 5 or 6 units. I think what shocked me even more is the fact that I had to give it in two separate boluses because my pump tops a limit to boluses at 15 units… which I’m seeing now I may have to raise to a 20u limit.


Cartridges that, when filled, could last 4-5 days, now last 2 – 2 ½ . But what do you expect when each meal ranges between 8-12 units (with breakfast being between 10-15ish) and daily basals now being 32u. That’s not including snacks or corrections.


Basal rates never stay the same more than 3 days for me now, increasing at slight amounts of 0.05-0.1u per hour, and at different times of the day. If you were to look at a chart of the peaks and valleys of my basal rate before pregnancy, it looks nothing like what I have now. Trouble times are different, save the morning “wake up” phenomenon.


And sites? This is something that is puzzling me, yet not really. Every site I have used the past 3 weeks has left me with a bleeder or bruise. Now, granted, I know blood volume increases a lot during pregnancy, but wow! It’s like playing a game of Minesweeper… you never know when you’re going to place one and it be a bomb of a bleeder. A bruise I had from three weeks ago is still there, but is fading a little bit every day.


One day, one hour, one minute at a time. It’s what I have to keep telling myself. Otherwise, I’d lose my mind. It’s easier to look at my diabetes management during pregnancy that way than looking at the big picture. Because the big picture is overwhelming and seems impossible. The only big picture I need to be focusing on is the one of my little boy… being safe and healthy.