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post #81 of 93

Monarchgrrl, your family is gorgeous!

 

Equilibrium- I don't know what to say. Focus on taking care of yourself and your kids and try not to obsess about the food/weight/what has gone before. You may gain less if you started bigger (like you did with #2, your ending weight was the same but your gain was less) For me food logs, frequent smaller meals, and cutting out (almost) all sugar and most starches has been a great diet. Hard, and not always so soothing, but actually I am not hungry all the time or having cravings. I have to keep the food logs for my MW, and man they really do help. When I think, "I'll have to write that down" its easier to turn stuff down. Also, it helps me to sort of plan stuff out- like to see that I haven't really eaten enough protein in the past 4 hours, maybe that is why I am feeling so darn hungry. For me keeping protein, fat, and veggies WAY up, like consciously eating them all the time, keeps me fuller and makes it easier to forgo the junk food (also not keeping any around helps! its a contest between laziness and cravings...)

 

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You're right - I would want to know. I'd rather have an AC1 instead of a GTT, though. Not only do you avoid the hour of sitting there and drinking that solution, but it is a more accurate picture of your blood sugar levels over a few months. The recommended amount of sugar per day for most women is under 30 grams. Taking 50 grams at once doesn't give the clearest picture.

problem with A1C for diagnosing GD is that it looks at average sugars over past 3 months, if you really have GD it wouldn't look like much- since it would only develop between around 24-28 weeks. So by the time it did much to your A1C, it would be after the fact. Also it can apparently look low when you are anemic (it looks at sugar bound to hemoglobin, so if you have low hemoglobin, it will come up low, that is the explanation I read anyway). And lots of pregnant women are slightly or even more than slightly anemic. Anyway it surely would tell you if you actually have underlying insulin/glucose problems which would also be good information.

 

That said, I agree GTT is a bad test, but not sure what a good alternative would really be. What I did this time is do self-monitoring, all fastings, 1-hour post-prandials, at least once a day and often more, and some other random jabs to see what is going on. That is more work than most women are going to want to do.

 

I do absolutely want to know what is going on, for a couple of reasons, and I am delighted that I have been able to use diet to keep my blood sugars very normal. For myself, and particularly for my unborn kids (apparently the uterine exposure to high blood glucose levels seems to "predispose" them to developing type II, and they have a good chance of crappy genes already on that score since my mom and DH's dad are both T2... would love to at least take one risk factor out of it).
 

anyway sorry, not trying to go off on a rant!

post #82 of 93
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Originally Posted by emmaegbert View Post

Monarchgrrl, your family is gorgeous!

 

Equilibrium- I don't know what to say. Focus on taking care of yourself and your kids and try not to obsess about the food/weight/what has gone before. You may gain less if you started bigger (like you did with #2, your ending weight was the same but your gain was less) For me food logs, frequent smaller meals, and cutting out (almost) all sugar and most starches has been a great diet. Hard, and not always so soothing, but actually I am not hungry all the time or having cravings. I have to keep the food logs for my MW, and man they really do help. When I think, "I'll have to write that down" its easier to turn stuff down. Also, it helps me to sort of plan stuff out- like to see that I haven't really eaten enough protein in the past 4 hours, maybe that is why I am feeling so darn hungry. For me keeping protein, fat, and veggies WAY up, like consciously eating them all the time, keeps me fuller and makes it easier to forgo the junk food (also not keeping any around helps! its a contest between laziness and cravings...)

 

problem with A1C for diagnosing GD is that it looks at average sugars over past 3 months, if you really have GD it wouldn't look like much- since it would only develop between around 24-28 weeks. So by the time it did much to your A1C, it would be after the fact. Also it can apparently look low when you are anemic (it looks at sugar bound to hemoglobin, so if you have low hemoglobin, it will come up low, that is the explanation I read anyway). And lots of pregnant women are slightly or even more than slightly anemic. Anyway it surely would tell you if you actually have underlying insulin/glucose problems which would also be good information.

 

That said, I agree GTT is a bad test, but not sure what a good alternative would really be. What I did this time is do self-monitoring, all fastings, 1-hour post-prandials, at least once a day and often more, and some other random jabs to see what is going on. That is more work than most women are going to want to do.

 

I do absolutely want to know what is going on, for a couple of reasons, and I am delighted that I have been able to use diet to keep my blood sugars very normal. For myself, and particularly for my unborn kids (apparently the uterine exposure to high blood glucose levels seems to "predispose" them to developing type II, and they have a good chance of crappy genes already on that score since my mom and DH's dad are both T2... would love to at least take one risk factor out of it).
 

anyway sorry, not trying to go off on a rant!


I'll talk to my OB about it. I don't mind testing myself to monitor it, but it depends on what the care provider allows. Midwives seem to be more lenient about it, but I have to have OB care because of another health issue. (I'd LOVE a midwife, but they see liability when they see me.)
post #83 of 93

Hi, I'm not fluffy, I'm fat. It's not a bad word and isn't a moral judgement, it's a descriptor. I'm also a new mama

just want to make sure everyone on this thread knows about the Well Rounded Mama blog. It's got a photo gallery of fat pregnant women (they all look different, some show a lot, some not at all) which is nice because because you don't see fat pregnant women at all.  If you have photos, she'd love to post them. I sent in my birth story and a You Tube vid my baby daddy made of birth day photos so send in your birth story too! http://www.wellroundedmama.blogspot.com/

 

If you need some general pregnancy info check out her other site: http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/

 

I wasn't sure what slings would work for me being fat and large chested, so I rented some and found what I liked from www.paxbaby.com

 

 

post #84 of 93

Hey Ladies,  I am a fluffy mama too :)  started out at 245 during my pregnancy and have thusfar gained only 3 lbs.  I ran into a wee bit of trouble this week that made me feel very upset.  I went to see my midwife and she basically told me that my weight is now risking me out of a homebirth, along with my slightly elevated bloodpressure of 82/125... I didn't have the GDiabetes test done.  Now because I am measuring 2cm ahead, they say oh they can't know for sure if the baby is 'just' big or if I have GD.... irked.gif  I was told that I can decline any tests, but suddenly it feels like they aren't trusting me... There has been a lot of emphasis on my weight this entire pregnancy - in the beginning I thought it was just something they needed to say but now that they are considering 'risking' me out of a homebirth I feel upset.  I get A LOT of exercise and I eat healthy ... drink lots of water ... and many people have actually commented that I seem small for how far along I am (will be 32 weeks on Saturday).  I feel a little betrayed ... *sigh*

post #85 of 93

Autumn - you mean 125/82? that's a pretty good blood pressure (generally - I don't know what you normally run). I'm not doing a homebirth myself, being a VBAC (it's just really impossible to get a care provider for HBAC here, and I'm not willing to UC my first VBAC) - but I shouldn't think one BP reading could risk you out.

 

I started at 230 (by the OB scale) and am now 238 - at 38 weeks! - so only 8 lbs. If you don't have excessive swelling, a dramatic increase in weight gain over a short period of time, aren't spilling protein in your urine, I wouldn't be concerned too much about the blood pressure. (my blood pressure has gone up about 20 points  - the top number - but doc isn't concerned because it's stayed that way the last 3 visits and don't have any of the above correlated factors)

 

Most of the non-invasive tests I do consent to, because otherwise it seems to give care providers an "out" - so to speak - and a reason to treat you as if you had the condition, regardless. If possible, ask for perhaps continued monitoring of your blood pressure and maybe they can do some random sugar checks to see if you seem elevated. If these turn out ok, then I'd ask what, precisely, the MW's think your weight - in and of itself - may have to do with or interfer with a homebirth.

 

Good luck!

post #86 of 93

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Hey Ladies,  I am a fluffy mama too :)  started out at 245 during my pregnancy and have thusfar gained only 3 lbs.  I ran into a wee bit of trouble this week that made me feel very upset.  I went to see my midwife and she basically told me that my weight is now risking me out of a homebirth, along with my slightly elevated bloodpressure of 82/125... I didn't have the GDiabetes test done.  Now because I am measuring 2cm ahead, they say oh they can't know for sure if the baby is 'just' big or if I have GD.... irked.gif  I was told that I can decline any tests, but suddenly it feels like they aren't trusting me... There has been a lot of emphasis on my weight this entire pregnancy - in the beginning I thought it was just something they needed to say but now that they are considering 'risking' me out of a homebirth I feel upset.  I get A LOT of exercise and I eat healthy ... drink lots of water ... and many people have actually commented that I seem small for how far along I am (will be 32 weeks on Saturday).  I feel a little betrayed ... *sigh*


I'm sorry to hear how they're treating you with this, Autumn! greensad.gif I don't understand why'd they'd consider you risked out of a home birth since the information you provided seems kind of borderline, no? But I don't know how cautious midwives need to be... Since you started out at 245 and only gained 3 lbs, that doesn't seem bad to me at all. I started out at 208 and have gained 33 lbs, so I'm close to your weight now too. Although, I am tall at 5'9", so I suppose height makes a big difference with BMI and all that. (I'm not sure how tall you are.) It's never been an alarm to any of the health practitioners I've seen in or out of a hospital setting during my pregnancy. I declined the GD test too. My midwife said it was unnecessary as long as I'm eating a good diet since that's all they'd recommend for me anyway. Does a BP of 125/82 actually count as pre-eclampsia? If you aren't formally diagnosed with it, I wouldn't think you should be risked out for that slightly elevated BP either! I was tested for pre-eclampsia and it's my understanding that you have to have several other symptoms confirmed before diagnosis. As for your measuring 2 cm ahead, I'd personally be a tad skeptical of that myself just because I feel like different midwives/OB's measure differently. I experienced that once during my pregnancy when I saw my clinical midwife one day and a few days later saw my regular OP midwife whose measurement was 1 cm less than the clinical. I obviously didn't lose a cm in that time, so they just arrived at different measurements.

 

So what is your plan now? Are you officially risked out or is there still a possibility things can improve somehow and you can have the birth you want?

post #87 of 93
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Madi, I'd love to hear an update on if you are pregnant now. But, regardless, when it happens if you have a care provider that has any issues with your weight, you need to find a different care provider! I would think that your friend, as your midwife, would tell you if she has any issues with your weight. But then, for me, that's a reason to use a different midwife, anyway. Fat women are perfectly capable of growing and birthing a baby. Fat has nothing to do with childbirth.


I wasn't pregnant then, but I am now! My midwife/friend is on board, though we haven't had an appointment yet. your baby girl is adorable!
post #88 of 93
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Hi, I'm not fluffy, I'm fat. It's not a bad word and isn't a moral judgement, it's a descriptor. I'm also a new mama
just want to make sure everyone on this thread knows about the Well Rounded Mama blog. It's got a photo gallery of fat pregnant women (they all look different, some show a lot, some not at all) which is nice because because you don't see fat pregnant women at all.  If you have photos, she'd love to post them. I sent in my birth story and a You Tube vid my baby daddy made of birth day photos so send in your birth story too! http://www.wellroundedmama.blogspot.com/

If you need some general pregnancy info check out her other site: http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/

I wasn't sure what slings would work for me being fat and large chested, so I rented some and found what I liked from http://www.paxbaby.com


thank you so much for sharing this blog!
post #89 of 93

Hey, anyone who is interested, we are going to ask to start a Plus size TTC/Pregnant/Mamas social group. Sit tight!

 

 

post #90 of 93
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Hey, anyone who is interested, we are going to ask to start a Plus size TTC/Pregnant/Mamas social group. Sit tight!

 

 



Oh I am interested! Awesome.

post #91 of 93

Here's the link:

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/groups/show/22/plus-size-mamas-mamas2b-ttc

 

Hope we have a lot of members :)

post #92 of 93
oh great! on my way now smile.gif
post #93 of 93

Fluffy is such a cute word. :)

 

I'm 5"2 and around 175. I think I'm on the low end of obese. I'm a little worried about how my weight can affect my pregnancy. It's nice to know though that I don't have to gain too much weight, since I"m already overweight. Due to my weight, I actually had a really tough time getting pregnant. I only became pregnant after getting the flu and losing weight quickly in those two weeks (worst stomach flu ever). I immediately got pregnant afterwards.

 

I'm rambling, but anyway. Good luck fluffy mamas! twins.gif

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