So, the rest of my pregnancy went well except for the 3rd trimester. My Obgyn was worried that baby Paul would be too big to deliver vaginally. One thing I think that insurance companies should do for high risk diabetic pregnancies is to allow for a 2nd ultrasound to be done in the 3rd trimester to determine the baby’s size. I was wishing the entire week before the delivery that they would do an ultrasound just to put my mind at ease as to how big the baby would be. I was more worried about if the baby would be delivered vaginally versus a c section. I was lucky that I have a doctor who is amazing and lets you try to deliver vaginally first and doesn’t make a quick decision to have c sections all the time. Baby Paul was a whopping 8 pounds 14 ounces delivered naturally. Delivering a baby that big naturally is not an easy task and made me realize for the next kids ( assuming I ever want to have kids again after that big of a baby) I need to get rid of my diabetic status and work on losing more weight. The other frustrating thing about being a diabetic and going through delivery is they must have checked my blood sugar ( pricked my finger) more than 20 times. Ouch! I have no idea why they were so concerned with my blood sugar when you can’t eat while in labor… if anything my blood sugar was lower than normal. Now that I have delivered a healthy baby boy, who is not diabetic himself, I can focus my blog on dealing with diabetes in general and how I am personally trying to defeat my disease and get healthy. So, heres to the next few months on becoming healthier and having the energy to keep up with my two sons. It’s going to be so worth it!
Ok, I have successfully made it to week 25 in my pregnancy without having my diabetes out of control. I have only gained 4 pounds since I got pregnant in October 2009. Meanwhile, I have kept my blood glucose under control with drinking lots of water and exercising 30 minutes a day. I am running after a 2 year old son, who helps me burn off those calories, which in turn controls my type 2 diabetes. The reality of the disease is that you need to keep moving to keep from gaining a lot of weight during your pregnancy.
Another tip I have is when you are a type 2 diabetic and you go to visit your doctor for your 20 week ultrasound and testing, ask your doctor if you can skip the sugary soda diabetes test. This will save you money and the reality is, if you had gestational diabetes with one pregnancy and were diagnosed with type 2 thereafter… you are a diabetic. Why do the test, and why not save yourself some money? I told the doctor that I wasn’t going to take the sugar drink test because we all knew I was a diabetic even if I did keep my sugar intake under control, and then explained to him that the soda, made me feel sick, why do that to my body? He agreed, and I avoided the dreaded sugary soda test.
Before meals your blood glucose levels should be:
80- 110 mg/dl
Check your blood sugar 2 hours after meals :
less than 155 mg/dl
This is the average of a 3 month period of all of your blood glucose readings. The normal range is anything under 6%. You can get your A1C by a simple blood test that your general practitioner or endocrinologist can order.