Monday, March 28, 2011

35th Mommy Mondays

All Winners of the Baby Shower Event have been contacted. Please check your spam or e-mail me at ScrappyDiva2129 at yahoo dot com with your address if you haven't been contacted. From reading the post below, you can see why there's been a delay in contacting you and there might be a delay getting your packages sent out as this baby might be coming early....

I was looking through my son's Baby Book and saw I had this picture of my tummy in there so I took one last night of me with this baby girl. LOW LOW LOW! As you can see my belly button is about 1-2 inches lower than it was with with my son's at this point. I'm pretty sure it's because I've dropped, but I've always felt lower with with this pregnancy. She has literally been in my lap since last week - very uncomfortable.

So anyone else think I'm going to make 30 more days!? Guesses on the date of when she'll come and how guesses on her height and weight are being accepted. I'd love to hear your guess!
My son was born 12 days early weighing at 6 lbs. 6 oz. and 21 inches long. Last week at my appointment, they were guessing this baby girl  is already about 6 lbs. 3 oz. (I hope not! since I have several more weeks! plus with my gestational diabetes they're not supposed to let her get too big for me.)

I had so much pain and contractions last night (I was yelping in pain) that I thought we might have to go to the hospital. She was moving a ton and some of her movements have really been hurting and then harder contractions on top of that. Luckily I was able to get them to stop because the doctors want me to try and wait until 37 weeks (April 6th). I don't know if I'll make it, especially if I keep getting this pain every day. This morning, I had some painful movements from her too making me yell out again. OUCH! We'll see - I might have to be on bed rest a lot today.

Here's the information I've found for gestational diabetes that I've been promising to share. It was definitely a struggle the first month or so, but I feel like I have a good handle on it right now even though I've been craving Olive Garden, a big cinnamon roll or muffins. I strongly believe I won't be given trials that are too difficult for me to handle. I've been able to endure, but there have definitely been tears in the process. For some people this isn't a big deal, but it has been for me. I hate complaining though.

Gestational Diabetes....
Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before but who have high blood sugar (glucose) levels during pregnancy are said to have gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes affects about 4% of all pregnant women - about 135,000 cases of gestational diabetes in the United States each year.
We don't know what causes gestational diabetes, but we have some 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. You may also be interested in our book, Diabetes & Pregnancy: What To Expect, 4th Edition.

How gestational diabetes can affect your baby

Gestational diabetes affects the mother in late pregnancy, after the baby's body has been formed, but while the baby is busy growing. Because of this, gestational diabetes does not cause the kinds of birth defects sometimes seen in babies whose mothers had diabetes before pregnancy.
However, untreated or poorly controlled gestational diabetes can hurt your baby. When you have gestational diabetes, your pancreas works overtime to produce insulin, but the insulin does not lower your blood glucose levels. Although insulin does not cross the placenta, glucose and other nutrients do. So extra blood glucose goes through the placenta, giving the baby high blood glucose levels. This causes the baby's pancreas to make extra insulin to get rid of the blood glucose. Since the baby is getting more energy than it needs to grow and develop, the extra energy is stored as fat.
This can lead to macrosomia, or a "fat" baby. Babies with macrosomia face health problems of their own, including damage to their shoulders during birth. Because of the extra insulin made by the baby's pancreas, newborns may have very low blood glucose levels at birth and are also at higher risk for breathing problems. Babies with excess insulin become children who are at risk for obesity and adults who are at risk for type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes (or gestational diabetes mellitus, GDM) is a condition in which women without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high blood glucose levels during pregnancy (especially during third trimester of pregnancy).
Gestational diabetes generally has few symptoms and it is most commonly diagnosed by screeningglucose in blood samples. Gestational diabetes affects 3-10% of pregnancies, depending on the population studied.[2] during pregnancy. Diagnostic tests detect inappropriately high levels of
Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes are typically at increased risk of problems such as being large for gestational age (which may lead to delivery complications), low blood sugar, and jaundice. Gestational diabetes is a treatable condition and women who have adequate control of glucose levels can effectively decrease these risks.

4 crafty contributions:

Christi said...

Congratulations to you. Generally you don't drop with your second until you're in my dr told me. I think that she's laying in a funny position thus causing your belly to look lower and the pains.

I think she will come 2.5 weeks early and weigh 7 lbs 3 oz.

MBC Scrapbooking said...

What beautiful belly pics! Hoping you feel more comfortable these last few days (weeks?;) and praying for a safe and healthy delivery.

Sonia Barton said...

Oh my, you look and sound like you are ready. I wish you the best and safest delivery.

Katie's Nesting Spot said... more posts for a couple of days...did you have that baby:)