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18 March 2009 @ 03:20 pm
I've seen a few first time moms worry that people won't be able to tell they are pregnant compliments of their fluffy physique. And I joined the chorus of people who assured them that usually as you approach the third trimester at the latest people get brave and start broaching the subject with you. This was based on my personal experience with my first.

But now with my second @ 24 weeks I find less people who seem to notice I'm pregnant than they did the first time around. And I'm wondering of repeat moms had similar experiences from kid to kid, as their tummies took on different shapes or sizes?

The irony for me is that I feel I'm bigger this time around, and I'm about 2 sizes smaller than with my first. And sensibly, it's also possible that the people I see during errands and such may be too busy, or distracted to notice or care, or even may notice but not feel comfortable asking. The world, after all, doesn't evolve around me just because I'm with child LOL.
Current Mood: curiouscurious
18 March 2009 @ 05:45 pm
Thank you to everyone who answered my post yesterday about my gestational diabetes diet... I really appreciate that you took the time to write.

I had an ultrasound and Dr's appointment today. Here are the highlights:

- They think he weighs around 3lb 6oz which is the 50-75 percentile so they are happy
- They are happy with my blood sugar readings over the last couple of days
- They are very happy with my blood pressure (lowest reading EVER)
- They agreed with me that the dietitian is being unreasonable and there's no need to force myself to consume all of my food if I am not hungry/my belly is full. But, I do need to stick to 3 meals, 3 snacks... but if I can't eat it all, that's OK. Just cut down proportionally for all food groups. This should also help me be able to have room to eat some vegetables
- Baby was really uncooperative so we didn't get any pictures that were any good but we got to see his heart beat (152ish) and watch him move around.

They are mildly concerned about my fluid levels. They are 1 point less than they should be for where I am. This could mean absolutely nothing - like if we had done it an hour later, he would have peed and we'd be just fine. But, to be sure, I get another ultrasound next week and the week after until he's at the right place. As for what I can do to help with this... Basically nothing. Drinking more won't necessarily help and while staying off my feet a little more might help a little, it also might not. And they're also just a bit confused about it because normally when they see low fluid, they also see small babies and that's not at all the situation here. So basically I'm not to worry about it because it probably doesn't mean much of anything.

I'm feeling a lot better about the sugar situation after talking to the Dr. He felt my concerns were reasonable. So, phew.
17 March 2009 @ 05:56 pm
I had my gestational diabetes training yesterday. After crying like a baby before I tried pricking my finger for the first time, everything was fine.... But. (Of course there is a but!)

But, I'm really frustrated at the amount of food they expect me to eat. They've put me on 2370 calories (plus non-starchy vegetables) and 3 meals and 3 snacks a day. I simply cannot consume this quantity of food. If I think about it like WW points (which is how I view the world of food), this is like eating 46 points a day. Even at my highest, all I ever got was 33 or 34 points... and I realize that was at a rate to lose weight and I'm not supposed to be doing that right now but... This is still way more food that I can eat. I did OK at breakfast this morning but then my morning snack was to be 2 hours later and I wound up being nearly 2 hours late for it because I couldn't bear the thought of eating yet. I wasn't able to eat all of my snack. Lunch was a couple hours after that and I threw out some of my rice because I couldn't finish it and my afternoon snack was supposed to be 12 saltines and two ounces of cheese (2 starch, 2 meat, 2 fat) but I managed 2 saltines and maybe 3/4 of an ounce of cheese and it was an hour later than it was supposed to be. I am still full but I'm still supposed to eat dinner an an hour and a half (umm, 1 milk, 4 meat, 2 starch, 1 fruit, 2 fat, veggies) and then a bedtime snack... I have no idea if I can do this. (Last night I couldn't finish my dinner and wound up sharing my bedtime snack with the dog!)

I called the dietitian today and told her the trouble I was having and she told me to do my best but that was about the extent of her advice. She did suggest getting the keytone (however you spell that) testing kit to make sure I don't go into ketosis, which is bad for me but worse for baby... but that's it. Even though I was previously eating anywhere from 300-500 calories less per day (and still gaining weight), she still wants me to aim for this amount and "do my best".

My blood sugar readings have been perfect so far so that part is good... but considering she told me it might take a week for me to get them good... I'm frustrated and feeling like maybe I've just been labelled diabetic because I'm overweight and that's that. I did fail my 1 hour test (they wanted 140 or less and I scored 210) and they said that because it was over 200, it's automatic, no opportunity for the 3 hour test... so perhaps I legitimately am... but I don't really know how to operate within their food guidelines when it's just so much that I don't have room in my stomach for it. I NEVER thought I'd be complaining about too much food.

... Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
17 March 2009 @ 05:25 am
Just thought I would post three pics of Sophia. I just like to look at other people's children so I'll share her! She's doing great. She's getting into that brat phase though. She is waking up more so she's more alive during the days and that means she cries more. We realized we had to up her ounces yesterday. She's drinking almost four ounces now. The funniest thing is when she is drifting to sleep her face twitches so much that she does this huge gummy grins. I just wish her peeling skin would clear up!

She is two weeks and three days

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15 March 2009 @ 08:30 pm
Hi I was wondering if anyone lived in upstate NY and knew of any "fat-friendly" ob-gyn's up here. I've called most of the ones in my town to see if they will test me for pcos and they're all telling me no and that I have to go to a reproductive endocrinologist....but i just can't afford to go there because my insurance wont cover it. well I was just curious if you all had any advice for me because you are all so very helpful!
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
14 March 2009 @ 01:43 am
I've not a clue when the last time I posted in here was...probably when I was pregnant with my lil angel Lyric.My goodness how times flown by..she'll be 3 June 4th *cries*

It took me 2 yrs to get pregnant with her.All I ever hear is how it will be easier the next time around because I've had a child...Well I call those peoples BS because my SO I'm with now and I have been trying for almost 17 months now with only one "scare".

It's sooo frustrating because I'm not as heavy now as I was before, I eat better, I'm naturally more active with a 2 1/2 year old around...I'm on my feet at work non-stop so thats more excercise and of course take my prenatal vitamins every day.

Anyone else currently in my shoes also and needing someone to talk to??
I tried to join baby_making but was denied for some reason..never got a reason and now can't seem to be able to find the community again which is odd.I was HOPING to be able to meet some lovely ladies there who I could relate to also regardless of what # child they were on.It doesn't say anything in the user info about being only for woman who've never had a child. :(
Current Location: layin on the sofa
Current Music: Steve Perry
14 March 2009 @ 04:57 am
I got a positive pregnancy test yesterday. It was a clear blue digital with conception indicator and what it showed would have been correct for me, 1-2 weeks I'd be max 14 days least 10 days but i suspect the former. I was due on yesterday and i'm usually a morning shower, also a clockwork 30 day cyclist, but i had nothing, i also noticed i hadn't been cranky for the couple of days leading up to it and have been extremely tired so thought something was up. Also had 2 days of nausea early this week. I didn't think for def i was but i was prescribed some strong antibs and thought i'd best take a test to make sure i wasn't before starting them. When i saw it say pregnant i was over the moon. So was my other half. It was tested on second urine of the day, i wanted a second opinion so i took another one later in the day and it came up negative (i'd also tried 2 cheap medical strip tests and both neg) i put it down to early days not strong enough urine and try again this morning. I went to bed last night at 9 as i was so tired and woke at 3, feeling uncomfortable, i needed a wee, but wanted to test my first urine so tried to hold it but no good, i had to go! So i tested and another cb digital negative, and another strip negative. I have been milling it over now, i know it's very rare to get a false positive but i don't understand whats going on. I have read about the cheap strips sometimes not giving the right answer early on, but a digital one, i'd of thought if you'd had one positive with the same brand the others should be? Whats making it worse is the timing showed as correct, so not only did the test show yes i was but it definitely showed the correct conception time too, if it had shown a longer time i'd of defo second guessed it, as i know exactly when i had sex and ovulating this cycle, but because it's got the right conception time i'm just so confused. I know i should wait a few days see if my period shows up and retest again but it's so hard :-( sorry i just had to vent, might be easier to sleep now!
11 March 2009 @ 10:37 pm
Now that Sophia is here I was wondering if anyone could recommend another forum for baby questions? I figure a lot of you mothers probably have one you go to for questions? I'd love to find a good one but I trust all of you so I figure it'll be better to get ideas from you gals!

I'll probably still direct a lot of baby questions here because you all are amazing!!!
11 March 2009 @ 06:07 pm
last week at my ultrasound appointment, i was having some cardio/respritory issues. my pulse was 136 and i was having some difficulty breathing. my high risk doc decided to refer me to a cardiologist. they called me tuesday to set up an appointment - they couldn't get me in until april 9. today, i got a phone call from the cardiologist's office re: my upcoming appointment. apparently, the dr. has decided to be out of the office that whole week, so i've now been pushed back to april 14. (>.<)

after that phone call, i called my OB's office to see what i can do in the mean time to make this easier to deal with.
the nurse who called me back was extremely nice, she listened to me vent and explain the situation. she's going to talk to my nurse practitioner and OB and find out what they want me to do. i am extremely uncomfortable - always gasping for air, feeling like my heart is going to explode alien-style out of my chest, and having skull crushing headaches. she promised to call me back by friday with some kind of answer about upping or changing my meds or SOMETHING to make this easier to deal with.

right now i can't walk from the living room to the bathroom without gasping for air. i can't take a shower unattended in case i pass out. i'm frustrated and pissed off by the whole thing. of course, the angrier i get, the harder it is to breathe. i'm also not pleased with the mixed-messages i'm getting. the doctor at the high-risk clinic suggested that this is caused by the change in my medication, but isn't doing anything about it until i see the cardiologist. the cardiologist has been sent the relevant info and is willing to push me off for four now FIVE weeks, so i'm thinking it must not be THAT critical. however, i feel rotten. i'm seeing 4 different doctors now - i wish one of them would make a move and DO something.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
11 March 2009 @ 01:49 pm
Haven't posted here much but I wondered if there were any others with gestational diabetes?

I had my glucose challenge test last Fri (at almost 28 weeks) and I flunked spectacularly. So well that they're not even making me do the 3 hour test. (They said they wanted 140 or less and I scored 210, anything over 200 they just call it GD and don't bother with another test).

I'm not overly surprised - we have a strong history of diabetes in the family - and combined with being overweight, it's not a shock.

I get my "training" on Monday and until then I'm just supposed to make smart choices and avoid the obvious things (which I've mostly done anyways but there's certainly room for making my diet better, esp. in terms of eating the right combo of things etc). I'm not concerned about the diet - I'm sure it's very similar to WW core program which I liked - but I am definitely NOT looking forward to the 4X a day testing. I'm scared of those little needles!

To make up for it, baby has become really active in the past few days. Almost like when a cat is VERY BAD and then they rub up against you as if to say "I'm a good kitty, don't be mad at me... I'm a good, cute, lovable kitty!"... I am imagining my baby saying, "I'm a good baby... don't be mad at me for 'giving' you GD... I'm soooo cute. I promise I won't pee or poop on you... much."

Anyways, does anyone have any advice for me for the next few days until I get the official instructions? I'm most stumped by breakfast. Are any cereals ok? (Shredded wheat/etc?)

I am really hoping that with a well managed diet, we will be A-ok and that baby won't be ginormous!