Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Homestretch

I am 27 weeks today. And 1 official day into my 3rd Trimester. Yesterday was July 15 and it hit me that my expected due date is October 15. Only 3 more months! WOW!!

I received the phone call I was dreading yesterday. I failed my 3 hour glucose tolerance test, which means I have gestational diabetes. For those of you that don't know what this means, you can read more here. Basically, my body isn't handling the hormones from the placenta, and my pancreas is having trouble keeping up with the appropriate insulin production needed to sustain this baby. So, what does this mean?? Well, I have to see a dietitian, and test my sugars daily with a monitor. Basically, until this baby comes out, I am treated like a Type 1 or 2 diabetic. Most women that have this condition will see it disappear once they give birth, and I am hoping this holds true for me too. It actually affects about 4% of all pregnant women, making it a very common issue for those carrying a baby.

So, I have hit a bump in the road, but I am staying positive. I figure if this is the worst that has happened then I am in pretty good shape. And now I have an explanation for why Peanut was measuring 3 weeks ahead. I also have an explanation for my frequent urination (I am talking every 5 minutes here!!) and my headaches as well. So, at least now I have some answers.

The next step is for me to meet with a nutritionist at Maternal Fetal Medicine, which is the high-risk OB that my doctor refers too. I have shared this briefly with some of you, but I have high hopes of having a natural childbirth. Out of everything going through my head, this is the toughest part for me to swallow. I may have a large baby. I may need to be induced. I may end up having a c-section. All of those things were what came out of the nurses mouth last night. Like I said, I am remaining positive until I have my appointment, and until July 28 when I can sit down and really discuss this with my doctor. We have a history of big babies in our family, so I know my body can handle this. My mother was able to birth my 10+lb self, so I know I can do it too!! I just need the right support chain and I will be all set.

In other news, we think we have a name!! We have been calling Peanut by his first name for some time now, and I think we finally decided that we are going to stick with it. Now we just have to decide what his middle name will be!! Any ideas??

He is now well over 2 pounds, and about a foot and half long. He is getting bigger and bigger, and his kicks and punches make that very evident! He puts on a show for us each night before bed, and Daddy has had many chances to feel his son's very strong soccer kick!! It really is an amazing gift to be carrying this boy, and I can't wait to meet him!!

I would appreciate your thoughts and prayers as I attempt to get this GD thing under control. My friend Amy said last night, that I will do it with gusto, and I hope she is right!! Any and all support is much appreciated at this time.


Amanda said...

First off, it would be easier to find a middle name if you shared the first name ;)

I wouldn't say 4% is a lot of pg women! Glad you are having a good attitude, and don't ever think it is your fault, no matter what people say!

(Addie was 18" when she was born! well, 18.5")

AmyinMotown said...

I haven't been here in a long time, but clicked over on your comment on AmyPT's blog because you mentioned going to Rothbury (I am jealous, it sounded awesome!) and saw you have even MORE wonderful things happening! I'm so sorry about the GD, but it sounds like you have a great attitude about it and you and baby will be fine. How cool that you and Amy are due so close together (you know each other IRL, right?)! I just had a baby boy and can highly recommend them :-). Extra cute (of course, so was my baby girl so it might just be babies...)

Kerri said...

I have to agree with Amanda, that suggesting a middle name would be easier if we knew what the first name was! hehe. I've got a few suggestions I'll share, I don't mind! Alan, William, Reece and Dominic. The first two have family ties for me. What's your maiden name? Sometimes those are cool for children's middle names.

Sorry to hear about the GD, but a good attitude goes a long way! You've got the right approach. You never know how it will turn out. There's a plan for you out there, trust in that. Things will work out.

apt said...

I'm here to offer myself as a link in your support chain.

tiffany_k said...

I have to agree with Amanda and Kerri on the middle name. It would be easier if we knew what the first name is going to be! ;)

You can do this Em. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

The Loucks Family said...

You will do it with gusto, you'll be great Em and I pray you can have the labor and delivery that you're hoping for, but if you can't (not saying you can't) it will still be a beautiful labor and delivery because it will be the birth of your little peanut.

Stay positive. Gest. Diabetes sucks, I'm sure, but it could be a lot worse!

Erin Marie said...

You seem to be handling the GD well, and I love the updates.

Congrats on the first name, I've always liked James as a middle name, but I think it's because it was both of my grandpas' names. Do you have family names you could use as a middle?

annenahm said...

Thinking good thoughts for you - anything that is a special circumstance during pregnancy can feel scary or just plain rotten. At least it is something that is well known and treatable, so that is good.

Three more months - better get crackin' on that name!