It’s time for a quick pregnancy update. If you’re not interested in reading about my pregnancy, you can skip this one.
This past week I had my first OB appointment. I’m seeing the same OB as I did during my last pregnancy, and I absolutely love him.
The appointment went well, although long: waiting room, nurses, waiting, OB, tests, more waiting, more tests. I guess it’s only the beginning of the hours and hours I will spend at appointments (and waiting for appointments) for this diabetic pregnancy.
My weight gain was good (about 4 lbs so far, although I look like I’ve gained about 10 lbs). My BP – something we’ll be watching really carefully – was good (122/78). And I got to hear Baby’s heartbeat! Yay! So exciting! Unfortunately my husband missed this appointment since our daughter was sick that day and he was home with her.
So, all in all it was a good appointment. I see him again in a month, and I have my first ultrasound around 20 weeks (I’m just about 12 weeks now – so another couple of months yet).
From a non-diabetes standpoint, it’s been a pretty good pregnancy week. I’m still uber-tired, but starting to find a bit more energy here and there. I had been sleeping really poorly (and having very weird dreams), but Tuesday’s acupuncture took care of that and I’ve been sleeping great since. I’m also finally getting out of the queasy phase, which is really nice. It hadn’t been too bad, but I was getting a little tired of the car-sick feeling that seemed to show up off and on every day or two. So it looks like my body is transitioning into the more comfortable 2nd trimester. Whew!
From a diabetes standpoint, though, this week has been a bitch. I’m having highs (I hit 15 mmol (270 mg/dl) yesterday and almost cried – my highest yet), and lows (woke up with a 2.7 mmol/l (48 mg/dl) nypo the other night and felt like I was going to die. My husband and my CDE had been a bit worried a couple of weeks ago that I was putting myself under too much stress trying to keep my bloodsugars so tightly controlled, so I took their advice and eased up a bit, but I think the timing of that coincided with some wacky pregnancy hormone changes that have made a big mess of my D-management. As a result, I’m more stressed out now by the highs and lows (and accompanying guilt) than I was before when I was trying to keep tight control (and usually succeeding). I talk to my CDE again tomorrow and will be doing some trend-analysis today in preparation for that, so hopefully I/we can come up with some solutions that involve a better balance of control (more) and stress (less).
In short – I would like to confirm that it’s still a lot of work being pregnant with diabetes. 😛