Monday, February 15, 2016

We're Moving!

I'm so excited/stressed/nervous that we are getting ready to move!  Tim and I moved into his family home 2 years ago when his mom decided to move out.  It has been a great place to live, especially since the rent was cheap.  The only problem is that because it was his family home there was a ton of his grandmother's memorabilia and so it was hard to change anything in the house.  In fact, most of my stuff ended up in storage.

Two years later and a baby on the way, it's past time for Timothy and I to have a place of our own.  I'm so excited and we found a super cute duplex that has all the room we need.  Plus, we are able to completely re-furnish the entire house with stuff we pick out together.  It's been so difficult interesting trying to mesh my ideas of what I want with his.  I used to think that we had pretty much the same taste in furniture and decorations.  I was wrong.  Living with a boy now means that he wants to decorate our entire house in camouflage.  I don't know how I feel about that just yet.

We did pick out our brand new bedroom furniture though.  My pregnant body is so thankful for that already!  We were sleeping on Tim's bed because it was bigger.  It was a converted water bed but I swear the mattress was made out of rocks.  I haven't been able to sleep well the farther along I get.  I wake up so sore half the time.

We have a lot to do in the four and a half months we have left in this pregnancy.  And we still have a LOT to buy, including nursery stuff, before the baby gets here.  I'm looking forward to it though.  Who doesn't like to shop for furniture?


Monday, February 1, 2016

Diabetes and Pregnancy - My Experience

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with a diabetic nutritionist to go over my blood sugar, medications, and the foods I should be eating while pregnant.  As many of you already know, I was type 2 diabetic before pregnancy and being diabetic can pose some complications during pregnancy.  Now being type 2 diabetic is different than having gestational diabetes.  There can be some similarities but there's also some differences.  The way I understand it, gestational diabetes occurs later in pregnancy while having type 2 before pregnancy means it's there for the whole dang pregnancy.  Because I've had type 2 diabetes there was some concern in the first 3 months for the baby developing abnormalities or having certain disabilities.  I'm happy to report that, so far, we've gotten the all clear from the doctor.

Now that we are 20 weeks the doctors are concerned that when I hit 24-28 weeks my insulin resistance might get worse which could require insulin to manage my blood sugar.  I don't think insulin is a bad thing, if needed, but there are certain complications that go with taking insulin.  It could cause the baby to have trouble regulating it's own blood sugar after birth which could require it to have to stay in the NICU for a couple of weeks.  Additionally I could have an underweight baby or an overweight baby.  For me personally, it means that the birth plan Tim and I have chosen for a certified nurse midwife would change as she can't see me if I'm taking insulin.  I become high risk at that point and the hospital regulates that an OB would have to see me then.  The good news is that all of this can be controlled with proper nutrition and exercise, which is what prompted the visit to the diabetic nutritionist.

So far, my sugars have been well controlled but they are borderline.  My doctor is anticipating that at 24 weeks, which is usually when gestational diabetes is discovered, my sugars will go up and having high blood sugar could really have some adverse affects on the baby.  So, for the next four weeks I have to monitor my blood sugars after every meal and fasting first thing in the morning.  I have to do everything I can to get them lower so I can avoid going on insulin.  The awesome news is that because I've been working so hard to lower my sugars I've started eating way better than I had been and I've naturally lost 20 pounds during this pregnancy and my A1C dropped significantly.  Additionally, my post meal sugars have been perfect while my fasting sugars are borderline.  So if we can figure out how to get those lower, I'll be well on the right track.  I have to four weeks to do it. 

Having diabetes is a big deal in pregnancy and sometimes it can be really scary.  It's possible to manage and keep it under control but sometimes I still feel like it's impossible.  I have a reason to do it though, more now than ever.  This time it's about my daughter and making sure that she's brought into this world with the best start she can have.