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post #241 of 371
I tested my blood sugars at home two mornings in a row after eating a higher carb and sugar breakfast. My sugar levels were fine. Thursday I went and met with the dr that will be my backup. He seems great about letting me go natural if I need to go in to him. He also didn't care that I haven't had an ultrasound or that I tested my blood sugars at home. I'm measuring only 1 wk small which is nice to know because my midwife seems to think I've been measuring way smaller. I go back in to see her today, so I'm curious to see what she says I measure.
post #242 of 371
Awesome! Congrats on finding a cooperative doc!

BTW what did your midwife say about your measuring?
post #243 of 371
My MW says I'm measuring right on now. So that means I grew 9 cm in 4 1/2 wks. My blood pressure was high again. I don't know why because at the drs two days before it was low.
post #244 of 371
Took the 3 hour GD test today. Ick! Who came up with this method of torture for pregnant ladies?!? The 100mg drink (lemon-lime this time) was *awful*--syrupy sweet and thick--but I managed to make it through the incredibly long, boring 3 hours by sneaking in drinks of water (even though I wasn't supposed to. Because that seems like a good idea, right? Dehydrating a pregnant lady...)

The weirdest thing for me was that I felt reasonably ok after I left the office, just tired, but then after I had lunch (a burrito bowl at Chipotle...yum! Hadn't had one of those in ages!) I started shaking and felt really light-headed. I'm guessing it was a sudden spike in my blood sugar after so many hours of fasting.

Now I wait to find out the results...
post #245 of 371
Had my last 4 week appt. today--baby was tucked up on my right side (which makes sense, since that's where I usually feel her), heartbeat was good and strong in the 140s, and I passed the GD test, so good news all around.

I can't believe I'm onto the 2 week appointments now...
post #246 of 371
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My 28-week is on the 30th. I'll know before then whether or not I pass my 3-hour test. Pretty nervous. But at least we don't have much longer to go, one way or another.
post #247 of 371
Just got back from my monthly OB. Doctor congratulated us on being 2/3 of the way "complete" lol, and guessed what I had for breakfast (cereal, milk and juice) by the blood sugar level of my urine. Everything looks normal! 27 weeks, fundal height 27, heart beat 148, weight gain 28. Going in for my glucose lab on Wednesday.
post #248 of 371
I haven't ever posted in this thread but I'd like some feedback on today's appointment and what you might think...

I'm at 29+4 and had my "30" week appointment today. I passed my glucose screening and got a normal A1C (not diabetic, but family hx of it so they wanted to check). I gained 1.5 lbs - overall weight gain about 20 lbs (normal for me).

My fundal height was measuring 33-34 cms. It's been consistently 4-5 weeks ahead this whole pregnancy (except once, it measured only 2 cms ahead!). I got sent for a sonogram and my fluid levels are average/normal. All of baby's measurements came out to something like 31+2, so about 2 weeks ahead. They said weight estimate of 4 lb 1 oz, +/- 10 oz (though I'm aware that 4 lb 1 oz is "average" size for a 32-33 weeker).

I've previously had 3 LGA babies (8#10, 8#11 and 9#3) out of 5... but i'm afraid this "little" guy is going to top all of them and maybe have problems in the process. My doc did not seem overly worried. I'm going to get a repeat GST at my next appointment on the 29th to double-check the results of my last one, which wasn't borderline but SOMETHING is going on with kid's growth...
post #249 of 371
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Originally Posted by happyblessedmama View Post
I haven't ever posted in this thread but I'd like some feedback on today's appointment and what you might think...
I think you grow healthy sized babies. If these previous 8 and 9 lbers were born naturally, I don't think there is anything to be concerned about, but then again, I've never birthed.

If you are concerned, maybe monitor what you are eating a little bit. Yes you did not test positive for GD (hurray btw) but maybe consider eating the GD diet for a while and see if that helps slow down the growth a bit. The GD diet is never harmful and may help you keep portions and sugar in check. You haven't gained an excessive amount of weight, and baby has measured large this whole time - so I really wouldn't worry.

Also remember that weight estimates from US are notoriously inaccurate and your LO could be considerably lighter than the estimated 4lb1oz.
post #250 of 371
happyblessed--Are you sure of your dates? (I'm guessing you are, but just asking.) Beyond that, seems like you just grow 'em big. And at half a lb a week from now till 40w, he's still only looking to be around 9lbs! I wouldn't worry too terribly muchif they can find no underlying issue.


Me:
Appointment was great (29+1). Up 4lbs more, 16lbs total--all but 2 since 20w. I can pack it on!! BP great, FH just slightly "behind". Nothing remarkable at. all.
post #251 of 371
I am so sick of my hospitals "no news is good news" policy. The labs are not cheap, and I do not have insurance. We still haven't heard back from the mess of tests I had to let them perform on my blood in February. That's all I guess. Went in for the GD today and it just reminded me of how frustrated I am with the whole system. I guess we are GD free, and that is good, but a phone call, or a letter would be nice especially when my first apointment cost more money for labs than an entire pay check.
post #252 of 371
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Originally Posted by Baby~Braatens~Mama View Post
I am so sick of my hospitals "no news is good news" policy. The labs are not cheap, and I do not have insurance. We still haven't heard back from the mess of tests I had to let them perform on my blood in February. That's all I guess. Went in for the GD today and it just reminded me of how frustrated I am with the whole system. I guess we are GD free, and that is good, but a phone call, or a letter would be nice especially when my first apointment cost more money for labs than an entire pay check.
Whoa, they definitely should have let you know about your initial labs. I mean, my dr's office doesn't call about lab results unless there is a problem, but they go over them at the next appointment even if they were perfectly fine.
post #253 of 371
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Originally Posted by Baby~Braatens~Mama View Post
I am so sick of my hospitals "no news is good news" policy. The labs are not cheap, and I do not have insurance. We still haven't heard back from the mess of tests I had to let them perform on my blood in February. That's all I guess. Went in for the GD today and it just reminded me of how frustrated I am with the whole system. I guess we are GD free, and that is good, but a phone call, or a letter would be nice especially when my first apointment cost more money for labs than an entire pay check.
Can you call them? I had to do so repeatedly with the first doctor/lab I was using; they were terrible at letting me know the results (and, in fact, actually messed up and never submitted my blood for the Ashkenazi Jewish panel that I was going to get, since I'm adopted and only know that my biological mother was of Jewish descent... Something I never would have found out if I hadn't pestered them on the phone...although it was too late for me to retake the panel by the time I found out, AND insurance is still pestering us for payment for a test that was never done! But I digress...)

Anyway, I would definitely call the doctor/lab/hospital and ask for your results. I've found that it's pretty easy for busy places to let the results slip through the cracks (which is one of the reasons I transferred to an OB/Midwife joint practice...)
post #254 of 371
Baby~Braatens~Mama - Sorry you are dealing with that I would probably try to call and get info as well.

AFM: Today I had my 28 week appointment. It went great I'm measuring right on. The heartbeat sounded good, though baby didn't like it when I was laying on my back, so I switched to my left side and it sounded much stronger. Baby is vertex and anterior today!

Next appointment in 4 weeks, after that one they will be every 2 weeks. Eek! I have lots of stuff to get done!
post #255 of 371
For all of you dealing with GD, I posted a link to a very enlightening article by Henci Goer in the thread about the GD Challenge. It's a must read.
post #256 of 371
First midwifes appointment after the move is July 5th!
post #257 of 371
Mind if I jump in? I love talking about my appointments and have no one to really talk to them about! LOL

I had my 30 week today (30w4d). Baby measured 31 weeks, heartbeat was 155. I met the midwife's assistant and had alot of my questions answered and left feeling much less anxious. Baby is head down which was a big relief as well. I know it could still move around in there but I was afraid it couldn't get vertex and thought it was stuck in breech position. So that's great news!

Now I go every 2 weeks! I'm getting very excited and yet a bit sad. It seems to be going quickly. This is our last baby (#4) and I am sad to never do this again. What a strange mix of emotions. Hurry up and slow down all at the same time.
post #258 of 371
Had my 30-week today... probably the smoothest appointment I've ever had!

My urine wasn't embarrassingly yellow (I know I'm a dork, but I always feel like I'm being a bad pregnant lady if my urine looks dehydrated )

Only gained THREE POUNDS!!! this month!

Low blood pressure

Passed the 1-hour glucose test with a 65 (this was last month, but I didn't know the number until today)

Baby is head down

Baby's heartbeat is 135

I'm measuring 33 cm (he said 4cm either way is normal).

I know these are all silly, simple things...and maybe it's only the weight gain and the glucose results that are making me so happy, but sheesh...I left the appointment feeling so good! 4 weeks until the next one, then it's down to every 2!
post #259 of 371
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Originally Posted by RedOakMomma View Post
My urine wasn't embarrassingly yellow (I know I'm a dork, but I always feel like I'm being a bad pregnant lady if my urine looks dehydrated )
Dont feel bad, or maybe its because Im a dork too, but I feel the same!

Luckily with my midwife I just dip and bring the stick back to them rather than the whole cup of pee. I will not miss having to carry that cup back out into the lab for them to test!
post #260 of 371
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Had my 28-week today.

I passed the 3-hour GTT. WHEW. He said that I got one abnormally high result, but the rest were fine, so "you're not getting a diagnosis of GD." Those were good words to hear, I've been worried about that jump to high-risk.

BP is fine. I'm up 24 pounds, which is a bit higher than I'd like, but a hell of a lot lower than my last pregnancy (I ended up gaining 60 that time), looking at around 40 pounds or so, I can live with that.

My uterus is measuring right on, although at my rib cage. We kind of laughed about that, all that he has left to go now is OUT. I so envy you tall long-torso women.

Heartbeat was fine. I didn't ask about position because I try to not think about position until 32 weeks, but from where he got the heartbeat with the doppler, and where I've been feeling kicks and a big round thing that may be a butt, I'm thinking he's head-down and facing my left side. I constantly get the hardest kicks above the belly button on the left, and high up on the right I sometimes get a big lump that could be butt. When the OB put the doppler on, he put it directly under my belly button, then tilted it towards the right and picked up the heartbeat-- basically seeming to me like the heartbeat was low on the right side.

Had to get the damn Rhogam shot, cause I'm rh- and my first baby is rh+.

Anyway, my next appointment is in 3 weeks, I'll be just shy of 32 weeks. I'll probably ask him then to confirm position (last time he easily could tell position by feeling low on my stomach from the outside), but I'm pretty sure that my little boy has settled down good at this point.

After next appointment, we're down to every two weeks. I'm crossing my fingers that my appointments stay this uneventful.
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