September Pregnancy Update

by Jennifer on September 24, 2013

in Pregnancy Updates

To keep you guys updated on my pregnancy, I’ve decided to start monthly posts with pregnancy goodies. Why monthly? Because I think weekly might be overkill. It’s not THAT exciting! Feel free to skip if you have no interest in my gestational activities. 

baby 4D scan

Baby NoYoMoCo at 28 week ultrasound (a creepy 3D pic – she looks kind of ghostly to me!)

Update: Well, I didn’t know it was possible, but my pregnancy became more complicated over the past month! 2 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which basically means that pregnancy (more specifically, my baby’s placenta) is making my blood sugar go cray-cray. It is a serious, but manageable, condition. It means that I have to check my blood sugar 4 times a day and I had to change my diet pretty drastically. I wasn’t gorging myself on sugar, but I love me some carbs, so it has been an adjustment. I think I would cut a b**** for a bowl of Fruity Pebbles right now…*sigh*

Despite my best efforts, my fasting blood sugar (that is when I test as soon as I wake up) is too high, so I’m on insulin, in addition to my Lovenox injections (for my inherited blood clotting disorder). So, as of right now, I’m pricking my skin (with sugar testing and injections) 6 times a day, and it may go up from there, should I need more insulin.

Also, as of yesterday, our stubborn little girl is breech! That means that instead of having her head down near my pelvis, her head is up near my ribcage and her feet/legs are down low. She still has time to turn, but if she doesn’t, I may need a c-section.

November can’t come soon enough!

Progress: 32 weeks pregnant, 7 months, 3rd trimester

Weird Baby Fact: At 32 weeks, babies have toenails, fingernails, and are gaining about 1/2 lb a week!

Size: As of yesterday, our little lady is 4 lbs, 13 ounces. No mini babies here!

Baby Movement: As she is losing space in the womb, I’m getting lots more stretching/pushing sensations. I think she’s thinking, “I could have sworn this place used to be bigger!” She also still gives me some strong kicks and punches – so strong that my husband can see them from the other side of the couch! She is not gentle, this one.

Cravings: Ugh, I don’t want to talk about it. I think all I eat these days are cheese sticks and greek yogurt ;) I’d love some cereal, but it spikes my blood sugar. So does bread and french fries, so they are a no go until the little lady has vacated the premises.

Estimated number of injections left: 150 (Lovenox AND insulin).

Sleep: It’s getting harder – I’m starting to get a little more uncomfortable.

Aches/Pains/Annoyances: Things have been tough since my diagnosis, for sure. But, she is doing awesome, so I’m trying to focus on the positives!

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1 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl September 24, 2013 at 9:25 am

Wishing you the best well wishes and sending you eternal Fruity Pebbles in a few months! ;)

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2 Jennifer September 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

Yes, LOTS of fruity pebbles!! ;)

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3 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel September 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

Oh maaaah god. Pregnancy is a full-time job, I tell ya. I used to think (ignorantly, yes) that pregnant women had it easy. You get to take off work just because you’re making a baby, you get to eat whatever you want, and while you can’t fit into your clothes, it’s basically okay if you walk around wearing mumus or sweatpants because you’re preggo. Noooot the case! Gestational diabetes sounds like the devil. Or your baby’s sadistic way of torturing you. Sometimes I wish one could yell at the baby inside and be like, “DUUUDE. I AM LETTING YOU LIVE HERE, RENT-FREE, FOR NINE MONTHS. GIVE YOUR MOM A FRIGGIN’ BREAK. I AM EATING FRUITY PEBBLES AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, YOU CAN LEAVE!”

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4 Jennifer October 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I know, seriously! I won’t be sad when the whole pregnancy part is over ;)

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5 Zainab @ Blahnik Baker September 24, 2013 at 10:12 am

Jennifer, I am so sorry to hear about the new complications…more injections yikes! But I’m happy to hear that your doctors are on top of things and soon you and the little girl will be fine!! Hang in there momma :) November is really just around the corner.

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6 Jennifer September 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

Thanks, Zainab! She’s not making this easy on me, but I know she’ll be worth it! :)

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7 Laura Dembowski September 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

I’m sorry your pregnancy is so tough! Hopefully it will get better and it will all be worth it in the end :)

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8 Jennifer September 25, 2013 at 8:16 am

Thank you, Laura!

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9 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me September 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

You’ve definitely been handed quite a few challenges with your pregnancy, but you sound like your spirits are high, which is really great. A friend of mine always said that everything w/ pregnancy and kids is incredibly temporary. Its gone before you know it. Soon enough your babe will be in your arms and the gestational diabetes and all those dang shots will be a thing of the past.

Re: the babe being breech. You might want to consider acupuncture. A very close friend of mine had her baby flip at 36 weeks with acupuncture. Her OB couldn’t believe it! Its really tough to flip a babe so late in the game, but the treatments worked!

Hang in there friend!! Hugs!

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10 Jennifer September 25, 2013 at 8:20 am

So true – it is all temporary! I don’t want to wish away my pregnancy, but I am ready for it to be over and have my little lady in my arms :)

I’ve heard about the acupuncture! I should have known that she had flipped – about 2 weeks ago I started getting very uncomfortable movements down very low. I thought, “Is she really doing that with her head?!” Obviously, she wasn’t ;)

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11 Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour September 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I’m sorry to hear about your recent complications, all that pricking can’t be fun! Just think, your little girl will be here soon enough :-)

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12 Jennifer September 25, 2013 at 8:16 am

Thanks, Meghan! :)

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13 The Partiologist September 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm

That’s a lot of pricking each day…you poor thing – hopefully, soon you’ll be holding your sweet little baby girl and feel good as new! I wish you the best in the weeks to come and more Fruity Pebbles then you’ll ever need…or want! :)

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14 Jennifer September 24, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Aww, thanks, Kim! It is a lot of pricking…and to think I was a total baby about needles before this! I guess I’m a pro now ;) I still can’t watch when someone else is giving me an injection though, which seems weird.

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15 Mike @ Semi Sweet September 24, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Sorry to hear of all the complications, Jennifer. Happy to know you’re managing and only have a little while to go! I think I saw some Monster Cereals at the grocery store a few days ago. Maybe stock up and have a monster binge fest in November.

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16 Jennifer September 24, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Haha, great idea! I’ve already told my husband that I will be providing him with a list of food that he has to get me after birth – after 6-8 more weeks of this, I know I’ll be having some cravings! :)

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17 Carrie's Creations September 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm

oh girl, i can’t even imagine. that little girl is sure lucky to have you as her mommy, you’re taking such good care of her!

let’s hope the rest of the time passes quickly for you and no more complications! turn baby girl, turn!!

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18 Jennifer September 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

She is certainly making me work for it ;) I don’t want to come off as a negative Nancy, but it is discouraging sometimes! But, like I said, she has been perfect at all of my ultrasounds and they are monitoring EVERYTHING. So, as long as she is ok, I’ll do whatever I need to! :)

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19 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust September 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Oh man! I’m so sorry for the complications. I hope it goes as smoothly as possible for the rest of the time!

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20 Jennifer September 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Thanks, Dorothy! :)

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21 The Bearfoot Baker September 24, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Oh Jennifer, I am sorry to hear about the diabetes. I know it is difficult and a pain but so worth the package of joy you will get in November! Hang in there girl and know we love you!

Let me know if you need anything!

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22 Jennifer September 25, 2013 at 8:16 am

Thanks, Lisa! I’m getting through it :) It won’t be long now!!

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23 Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 25, 2013 at 10:29 am

Oh hun, you poor thing!! I know you’ll be alright, but I’m sure it’s so annoying and stressful. Can’t wait for that sweet little baby to be born!

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24 Jennifer September 25, 2013 at 11:02 am

Me too! :)

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25 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen September 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Oh, Jennifer! So sorry to hear about your gestational diabetes. No fun. I, too, was once on Lovenox. My injections were subcutaneous in the abdomen. Then, I had to go on Coumadin for a while…all for a blood clot. I was once diagnosed pre-diabetic, but the paleo diet totally turned it around. It is amazing, but you could probably have sweet potatoes vs. potatoes (French fries) as they are lower glycemic. You could make them in the oven or do hash browns on the stovetop and have some with protein at breakfast…early in the day. This way you can work off the carbs during the day. Sending up prayers and a positive vibe for ya! xo

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26 Jennifer September 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm

You know then that Lovenox is no fun! ;) I’m so lucky that I’ve never had a clot, but I have an increased risk because of my blood clotting disorder AND being pregnant, so they thought it was best to be proactive about it.

I’ve been playing with carbs, and sweet potatoes work great for me! :) I have been able to do mashed white potatoes if I pair it with a lot of protein (but not baked potatoes or, sadly, french fries!). I also just figured out that I do great with whole wheat tortillas, just not whole wheat bread – so weird! I’ll take the little victories though :)

BTW – I followed a Paleo diet for a while and LOVED it, but I think I was too strict on myself and then overindulged. I have to get enough carbs now, for the baby, but after she’s born, I’m definitely considering that diet again, with more wriggle room built in for sweets/cravings :)

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27 ashley - baker by nature September 25, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Look at that baaaaaaaby!!! Eeep! Sending you both hugs and kisses and lots of love!!! xo

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28 Jennifer October 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Thanks, Ashley!! :)

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29 Reeni September 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I’m sorry you’re going through all this Jennifer! Hang in there sweet girl it’s almost over! Soon you’ll be holding her in your arms – I can’t wait to meet her!

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30 Jennifer October 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Me neither, Reeni! I definitely can’t wait to check out those feet that have been kicking me incessantly ;)

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31 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 25, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I can only imagine how soon you want 40 weeks to get here! I just had a friend who was pregnant and had gestational diabetes. She didn’t have to go with insulin, but I know how restrictive her diet was! Hang in there, it will all be worth it!

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32 Jennifer October 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Oh boo! It is truly no fun. But, it will end and she is worth it! :)

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33 marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings September 27, 2013 at 12:19 am

Oh boo. Hang in there friend. I am so excited to meet this little girl.

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34 Jennifer October 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Thanks, Marissa :)

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35 Sue {munchkin munchies} September 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Hang in there little momma! Sorry for all the bumps (no pun intended:)) in the road! The Fruity Pebbles will still be there when the little darlin’ shows up:) We’re all rooting for you, Jennifer. XOXO, Sue

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36 Jennifer October 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Thanks, Sue! Hubby already knows that my first meal has to be fruity pebbles, if possible, even if it is dinner time ;)

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37 Yvonne @ bitter baker October 1, 2013 at 11:17 pm

My mom had the same pregnancy diabetes thing! Must be terrible with the cravings, but you can do it!!

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38 Jennifer October 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm

It is no fun, let me tell you! Pregnant ladies should be able to eat cereal if they want ;) But, it will pass and be totally worth it!

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39 Melissa @ Simply Sweets by Honeybee October 2, 2013 at 9:16 am

Oh Jennifer I’m so sorry you are having difficulties. In a few more weeks all the joy you feel will make all this a distant memory. I understand the Fruity Pebbles. That is my cereal. My husband has been getting his hands on my cereal. Uggggh!

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40 Jennifer October 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Thanks, Melissa! It has been a rough road, but our little girl is doing great, so I really can’t complain :) I have another ultrasound tomorrow and I’m excited to see her again! We’ll see if she is still breech :)

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41 Paula October 5, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Oh, I’m sorry to read that you have another complication to deal with but as you said in your comments, it will all be worth it. Baby seems to be doing fine, I’m sure she’ll turn from her breach position in time to avoid you having to have a C-section. She’s just want to keep Mommy and Daddy on their toes until she makes her grand appearance :)
Continuing focusing on all the positives, you are finishing up the final touches on an amazing miracle. Take good care and best wishes. XO

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42 Jennifer October 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Indeed she does! She also sleeps VERY soundly in there, and I almost ended up on the hospital last week for monitoring during some routine testing because she was asleep and wouldn’t move. But thankfully she woke up and kicked me like she was supposed to :) She hasn’t made this easy, but she will be worth it!

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