Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Little L: Month 7

We've made it to the third trimester. Like, third of three. This is it!

My 7-month check-up was actually a few weeks ago, but it took me awhile to post about it because I had a bit of scare that required further follow-up. I had my glucose test to make sure I don't have gestational diabetes, since it does sometimes happen that women who aren't normally diabetic can become so during pregnancy. On the plus side, this condition can be treated through diet and medication. But on the downside, it does put the mother and baby at a higher risk for Type II diabetes later in life.

I wasn't phased by the test. No one in my family is diabetic, and I've had a very easy pregnancy so far. So I was that much more shocked/dismayed/worried when I got the call from the doctor's office the next day that my sugar levels were high in the initial test, and I had to come back in for a longer test. The following Monday, I was back in the lab bright and early, on an empty stomach, to drink more glucose drink and get my blood drawn every hour for 4 hours.

Between the drink, lack of food, and nerves, I was sick by the time I got home at mid-afternoon. I ate lunch, called into work, and slept for the rest of the afternoon. I thought about all the pop I've drank and Oreos I've eaten over the past seven months, and wondered about what I would be like as a diabetic.

The next morning, I got the call from the doctor's office saying my latest test results were normal, and I did NOT have gestational diabetes. Once the experience was all over, I convinced myself that it was actually good for me (since the final results were negative).
  1. Drinking less Coke and and eating fewer Oreos can only be good for me and Little L.
  2. It was a reminder that, although my pregnancy has gone really smoothly so far, there's still a lot that's out of my control. I need to be aware of that, and also grateful for the good fortune I've had so far.
  3. At the end of the pregnancy, there's still the labor and birth to go, and that whole experience can be so unpredictable. So I need to learn to go with the flow and trust my doctor's advice, even in a less-than-ideal situation.
But the final verdict is: So far, so good. Little L is growing well and sounding great. He/she moves around a lot now, and Keith can hear the heartbeat when he lays his head on my large (and growing bigger daily) belly. As always, I'll keep trying to eat healthy, get some exercise, and enjoy the last trimester!


Jonathan said...

Fingers crossed that your remaining few weeks are uneventful!

Jan said...

Good news is always welcome.

Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

Amy said...

My mom had gestational diabetes with my sister (and probably with me). It being the mid- to late '70s, though, there wasn't a lot they knew or could do about it.

I remember having an argument with my friend Virginia in high school in the early 1990s. She was diabetic, and insisted that there was no such thing as gestational diabetes: you either had diabetes or you didn't.

Now that I've taken your lovely story about a tense moment in your life and the meaning you've gleaned from it and made it totally about me, I guess I can get back to checking the changes on the unit for The Greatest Generation.

: )

Actually: Glad to hear that the test came out okay and both the baby and the parents are doing well.

M. Lubbers said...

Thanks for all the good wishes! I'll also keep crossing my fingers for a good, uneventful pregnancy--until I get so bloated that my fingers don't cross anymore;)

Jan: I am looking forward to being down in Cincinnati in a few weeks. It will be fun to see everyone and talk about the baby!

Amy: So they used to think gestational diabetes was a myth, huh? It does make me wonder ... what about the advice that I'm getting now will be completely reversed in the next 20 years? You figure it has to be something!