Nov 1, 2013

Letters to Baby K - Week 28

Well, I made it through my first week of the dreaded third trimester. Unscathed? Perhaps not, but only time will tell, as I am sitting here in the Doctors office going through the even more dreaded three hour glucose test, ugg! Yes, that means I did not pass the initial one hour glucose test. Womp, womp. My results came back slightly elevated, so here I am, hungry (because I had to fast) and nervous for the results. Good thing I brought my laptop along to blog, because this is no fun.

Of course when I got the first results my initial reaction was to cry. What else do you do when you're hormonal and pregnant!? The thought of possibly having gestational diabetes scared me...hell, it still does! I thought to myself what did I do wrong? But, what I've learned is, it's not your fault. Yes, I may indulge in a few more sweets then I did before pregnancy, but that is not what causes gestational diabetes. Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before, but who have high blood glucose (sugar) levels during pregnancy, are said to have gestational diabetes. It is not known what causes gestational diabetes, but there are clues. The placenta supports the baby as it grows. Hormones from the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones also block the action of the mother's insulin in her body. This problem is called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance makes it hard for the mother's body to use insulin. She may need up to three times as much insulin. Gestational diabetes starts when your body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be changed to energy. Glucose builds up in the blood to high levels. This is called hyperglycemia. The good news is you can help control gestational diabetes by eating healthy foods, exercising and, if necessary, using medication. Of course I am praying that these results come back normal and that I do not have Gestational Diabetes, "ain't nobody got time for that!"

I'll keep you posted on the results....and on a happier note, Peyton is doing great and is measuring in a week ahead of schedule. He's probably close to 3lbs at this point, measures 14.8 inches from head to heel and is roughly the size of a head of iceberg lettuce...seriously, who came up with this food scale? haha!

If this is your first time on the blog feel free to check out some of my previous pregnancy posts! I hope you'll stick around for the long haul!

Previous posts:
Week 27 Maternity Photos (Part 1)
Week 26
No Week 25, oops!
Week 24
Week 23
Week 22
Week 21
Week 20

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