Adventures in Pregnancy – Fetal Evaluation

 

So even though my blood sugars, blood pressure, and the baby’s heart rate have been close to perfection (her words, not mine!) my whole pregnancy, she has me going for twice weekly fetal evaluation just to ensure things are staying on track towards the end of pregnancy, because I guess towards the end things can (and sometimes do!) change quickly, and she feels this is something that will help arm us with valuable information.

I do like getting to hear 30 minutes of a strong heartbeat twice a week, as opposed to the 3 second clips I was getting prior!

It is a truly magical sound, like nothing I have ever heard!

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GratiTuesday – Diabetic Team

Every week, twice a week, I email my Diabetes/pregnancy team my numbers for the last few days – my numbers at wakeup (fasted, since I don’t eat in my sleep… I don’t think! 😉), before and after each meal. And this is how they determine if I need to take more insulin or not to counter the pregnancy hormones and the havoc they can wreak on a Diabetic.

And most of the time, my numbers are pretty good – we have worked HARD to find a good balance and I work really hard to eat well, drink water, stay active, and manage my stress.

And other times, like weekends full of parties and BBQ’s, they aren’t quite as good, but still not terrible. Life is about balance, it’s just a matter of accommodating this balance.

And sometimes, even through pretty flawless effort on my part, hormones just do. their. thang, and this was a lot for me to accept and acclimate to, as my first instinct was, as usual, to look inward and blame MYSELF for something I was/was not doing.

And if you have followed my diabetic journey, you know I have DEFINITELY seen my share of struggles. Pregnancy added quite a few layers to that, because that’s what pregnancy does to a body.

And if you know me, you know I like to fix things; if somethings not right, I wanna make it so it is. This is ESPECIALLY important in my own health.

And my team is awesome, truly. They are so encouraging and empowering, compassionate and knowledgeable.

I feel safe and capable with them guiding me through something I’ve never gone through.

I don’t look for the praise as much as I look for reassurance from a professional that my numbers are good and I’m on the right track, and doing the best I can for this baby who is solely relying on ME, but when the lead nurse emails me and it includes this praise, it goes right to my heart and reminds me that I’m capable, I’m a warrior, and I can do hard things!

“You are a Rock Star!
They are perfect!”

Some may see it as just words, but who amongst us hasn’t gotten a little boost, a little pep in their step from someone’s kindness?

Be the light in someone’s life – be the one who lifts them up and reassures them that whatever life throws at them, they. can. handle. it.

💕

Adventures in Pregnancy – 24 weeks!?

Whaaaat?!

I blinked and I went from {{ impatiently! }} waiting to reach 12 weeks and being able to finally share the news to being 6. months. pregnant?!

How does that happen?! Where did that time go?!

Pregnancy has been one of the weirdest examples of how something can go so. dang. fast (because you have sooo much to do!) but also so. dang. slow (because you feel like you’ve been pregnant forever and you cannot wait to meet your little one!)

Here is a 6 month bumpie; I am still feeling pretty good, other than pretty persistent low back pain. But overall, pretty grateful for how well my body has handled what’s being asked of it 💕

Missing my acupuncture appointment…

Had to cancel my acupuncture appointment for this evening… while I was hoping I’d be better in time, I’m not and I don’t wanna spread my germs to anyone else (we all know people who do that!) so as bummed as I am (I look forward to these appointments!), I’d rather reschedule and contain my germs than spread them around!

I try to practice the Golden rule – I don’t like others being irresponsible and exposing all of us to their germs (especially as a prego with a weakened immune system!) so I don’t recklessly expose others to my germs.

Doing much better but still not 100%, I’m well rested but going a little stir crazy, haha.

Hoping to wake up feeling freakin’ fantastic tomorrow!

Adventures in Pregnancy – 23 weeks!

I’m just gonna be blunt and say it: being sick while pregnant is an entirely different ballgame and it sucks!

Day 3 of my sinus infection… which means day 3 of my program and day two of a workout hiatus…

Full disclosure: yes, for a little bit, it bothered me to go back on a commitment I made to/with several of the ladies in my challenge group.

But I quickly reframed it to I’m pausing THAT commitment til it’s safe to continue it in order to stay true to the BIGGER commitment I have right now, which is continuing to safely grow and nurture this little being! And ALL of the ladies understand, of course.

Right now I need the rest. Since I’ve had some extreme dizzy bouts, I need to be resting and keeping myself safe. I need to be able to breath (getting better but still a battle at times) and since being sick tends to send my blood sugars skyrocketing, I need to get better so I can get back to my normal routines and things being controlled.

So for now my focus is on just that – getting better and riding out the remaining 15 weeks (!) of my pregnancy as safely as possible, not pushing myself and setting myself back.

Did you get sick at all during your pregnancy? I’ve had a cold/strep throat and now a sinus infection and they have all handed my ass to me!

Adventures in Pregnancy – 15 weeks!

I had some requests, so here is a 15 week “bumpie” – I haven’t documented my bump much because, at least to me, it doesn’t yet resemble a pregnancy, it still just looks like I needed to decline a third round at the buffet table 🤣

But from what I hear, it will start to pop within a month or so, and I’ll enjoy looking back on my transformation, so here we are!

(And yes, I have lived in leggings this whole pregnancy so far!)