Monday, March 24, 2008

15 wks 4 days - GD, fundus, milk:(

I've mentioned this before, but I've been taking my blood sugar throughout this pregnancy ever since they threw the "gestational diabetes" diagnosis at me retroactively for daring to have a 9.5 lb baby. There was not a shred of lab evidence to support this since I refused the GD screening. A random glucose taken 4 days before my son's birth was 4.0 mmol/l (corresponds to 72 whatever-measurements-they-use-in-the-US). Yeah. I totally had GD. Not. AND I didn't consent to them taking a random blood glucose (and was never asked).

Anyway, I conducted my own little glucose tolerance test today just to see. I woke up at 5 am and there was chocolate cake with frosting leftover from the weekend. So, I had a generous slice and a glass of milk to wash it all down. I even crawled back into bed to wait to take the readings at 1 hr post-cake and 2 hrs post-cake (I've heard that they often make you lie down after taking the regular GTT). I passed with flying colours.

That said, due to the illnesses, I've been eating complete crap and found myself craving leafy greens shortly after my cake escapades this morning. For lunch, I'm proud to say I made salmon salad with chopped cucumber and tomato. It was delicious.

I'm also at the point in pregnancy where my digestion really slows down. I ate a normal-sized grilled cheese and tomato sandwich for supper last night and it took HOURS to digest. It felt like a rock in my stomach all night. So, for my own comfort I really need to watch my portions and make sure I'm getting extra water.

In other news, my fundus is at my navel. I'm only 15 weeks. The midwife didn't seem to flinch at this, but neither did she keep the doppler out after we very quickly found the baby's heartbeat on Thursday (i.e. she didn't try to look for twins). Smart lady. We're refusing ultrasounds unless a very compelling reason comes up (more compelling than possible twins). I got some reassurance from my best friends on the ICAN list that a fundus at the navel this early in a 2nd pregnancy isn't anything to even think twice about.

Sadly, my milk seems to be drying up. Usually I can get it to squirt across the room if I try to express, now, I'm lucky to get one or two big white drops. Eating oatmeal has been recommended to me (did that today) along with Motherlove's Mother's Milk Two for moms nursing while pregnant. DS hasn't yet started to complain, but he's not staying at the boob quite as long as he used to. I'm determined to do what I can to keep my supply. Any suggestions are eagerly appreciated.

1 comment:

Mud Mama said...

I've gotten the "OMG it must be twins!!!" With EVERY pregnancy!

Normal is a big ol range and it drives me nuts how the medical establishment looks for a pathological reason for EVERYTHING too big, too small, too early, too late. *sigh*