28 Weeks

I want to start off by issuing a retraction. I mentioned in an earlier post that I was in my 3rd trimester, but was soon reminded that you’re not in the 3rd trimester when you start month 6, but rather when you’re fully through month 6, which I am now. So defeating. But on a positive note, feeling like I was already in the 3rd trimester made the past 4 weeks go by pretty quickly.

So yeah, 28 weeks now. End of 2nd trimester.

The most common question I get these days is, “How are you feeling?” Every time I see a friend, run into an acquaintance, talk to family, “How are you feeling? How are you feeling? How are you FEELING?!”

And I have lost my ability to answer. I mean, it’s just like when someone asks a non-pregnant person, “How’s it going?”

You don’t say to them, “Well, I got a parking ticket, and I can’t believe how high gas prices are right now, and I have this weird clicky thing going on in my wrist, and I’m not getting along with my coworkers right now…” Because we all know no one really wants to hear you go on and on about your gripes. So, we all just say, “Fine.” And we move on. Right?

So, when you ask a pregnant woman, whose body has been completely taken over by hormones and the extra human being growing inside of her, how she’s feeling, what do you really want her to say?

If you read my last post, you know my real answer would likely be some variation of the phrase, “Not great.” But, no one really wants to hear that. So, it’s, “Well, I’m a little tired, but I feel ok.” Lies, all of it lies.

Also of note, I have developed a mild case of gestational dia-bee-tus. (Not only was the test hellish, leaving huge bruises on my arms that are still there, but it also delivered bad news. Come ON, universe.) I am supposed to hear from the hospital’s diabetes clinic sometime this week with some more information on managing the condition, but the doctor who called me on Friday with the results was very discouraging. “No sugar, no carbs.” Which is, you know, like, EVERYTHING.

I had a short consult with Dr. Google and it seems I can have carbs in moderation, spread out over the course of a day. And even a little bit of fruit. So, it won’t be all eggs and veggies from here on out like I first imagined. Not that I don’t enjoy eggs and veggies, but I’ve still got 12 more weeks with this pregnancy gig, and I’d like to not spend it learning to hate eggs and veggies. If you’ve been through this, and have any advice / words of encouragement, please pass them along. Who knows when I’ll actually hear from these people.

For me, the most discouraging part of it is that now I have a slightly higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes when I get older. I had planned on creating a mega weight loss boot camp for myself after having the baby, and this is just more fuel for the fire under my butt that I’ll have to light. But, just something else for me to worry about for the remainder of my existence, whoopee!

But anyway, it’s here, the third trimester. Third trimester, let’s DO this. 40 weeks, here I come. I mean, here I waddle.

 

7 comments on “28 Weeks

  1. Well, you look awesome! Sorry about the dia-beet-us stuff, no fun 🙁 I was right on the verge when I was pregnant with my tot, but really cut back on bread, bread, pasta, and bread (which totally sucked ass). But, you’re in the third trimester and soon you’ll have a lovely babe! YAY!

  2. You probably would have to keep an eye on your blood sugar anyway. Sadly, my mother’s father and and my father’s mother, developed diabetes in their 60s. However, they did not take very good care of themselves. So jump on that health wagon and you may be able to stay away from the type 2 diabetes. That’s why I keep getting back on the weight loss/exercise wagon.

  3. Ah, gestational diabetes. It’s no fun. But you can make it! I had gestational diabetes with Daniel (who was born in March) so I can definitely sympathize. Here are some things that helped me:
    1) Carbs are more likely to spike your blood sugar first thing in the morning, so it’s better to eat them later in the day.
    2) I ate sandwich stuff rolled up in lunchmeat or lettuce instead of on bread.
    3) Snacking is important so your blood sugar doesn’t drop too much. I usually snacked on things like cheese (on crackers or string cheese) cottage cheese, mixed nuts, pepperoni (I like it plain) and veggies.
    4) I ignored fat/cholesterol because otherwise I felt like I was depriving myself of everything. I gained almost zero weight despite the extra fat.
    5) I kept a food journal to keep track of the things that caused my blood sugar to spike. (Any fruit, sadly.)

    Anyway, those were some big ones for me. You can definitely make it! It sucks, but remember there’s an end in sight. (Also, even if you learn to hate eggs- I did!- things will go back to normal after a while.) Feel free to ask me questions if you have any!

  4. ah yes, my old friend GD. that was a super misinformed doc to say “no carbs” — we need carbs to live! doh.

    you just have to count them. snacks should be about 5-15 grams. break and lunch should be 15-30. and dinner 30-45. a cup of milk is about 15 grams, for a point of reference. you’ll learn to read the labels! don’t look at SUGAR grams (tho hey, that can’t hurt) look at carbs. for example: a bowl of grapenuts has very little sugar, but a LOT of carbs. so it’ll spike you high.

    oh and here’s a good thing! my diabetes doc said i could have a 1/2 cup of ice cream every night! and i did! get high quality stuff and it won’t even seem like that small a portion. no to froyo, tho — it actually has MUCH more sugar!

    also … if you carb out a little, just go for a long walk after. in fact, you should be doing at least a little exercise after most meals. if you really want some chocolate, etc you balance it with exercise.

    i ate a lot of walnuts, peanut butter, small bowls of cheerios, clementines, etc etc. oh oh — there’s a special bread (usually in the freezer section) called… oh i cant’ remember. ezekeil something?? i LIVED off that. it’s very low carb and tasty! spread with cream cheese and mmm.

    as much as it sucked (hopefully you won’t have to prick your fingers like i did), i felt WORLDS better when i ate this way. too bad i wasn’t able to keep it up…

    good luck, it’ll fly by!

    1. Thank you lady! Leave it to a fellow mom to be more informed than an OB 🙂 Today I talk to another OB, and later in the week I talk to the diabetes clinic. Another friend pointed me yesterday to some great articles about it, and I’m feeling really self-empowered, with good questions to ask.

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