Tomorrow I have my first appointment with a Perinatologist/Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist to look further into my gestational diabetes. Clearly, the 3 hour glucose tolerance test did not go well. I got the results back weeks ago, but the doctor couldn't fit me into her schedule two weeks ago and then was out of town for something medical board related all last week. They told me that the results were not too out of control so it wasn't too crucial for me to come in immediately. I was a little hesitant about this, but luckily, last week I started to feel the baby moving. Today marks 29 weeks, so I've waited a long time for this! I thought for awhile now I would feeling movement from time to time, but my placenta is in the front, so it acts like a nice little cushion and has kept me from feeling anything consistently.
I'm pretty sure that tomorrow they are going to do an ultrasound (at least that's one benefit to this), go over what I should/should not be eating, and teach me how to check my blood sugar. My doctor told me I would have to do this 4 times a day. FUN. Maybe I can convince the school nurse to do it for me! Although... she isn't too friendly.
My sister delivered at 30 weeks, 3 days after the sudden and unexpected loss of one of her twins so this week is really hard for me. Just knowing that I've made it this far, but that I'm not guaranteed anything, is really real for me. I'm not really sure what questions to ask the specialist tomorrow, or at any of my follow-ups, so if anyone has any advice, I'd appreciate it! My doctor did tell me that no matter what I will not go a day past my due date, and probably will deliver between 39-40 weeks. Best case scenario, of course. But then, the midwife was telling me about women who have delivered 9-10 pound babies at that point in their pregnancy and I would really like to avoid that. I'm nervous that this is all becoming real. And that tomorrow they will be able to pinpoint a sooner-than-expected delivery date.
To lighted the mood a little, here's a cute story. At the end of the school day today I was walking my class and another kindergarten class to carpool when one of the little girls in the other class looked at me with her head tilted to the side. She pointed to my stomach, moved her finger in a little circle and said, "What's going on there?" It was SO cute and SO funny. Her mom had a baby at the beginning of the school year so I knew she knew what my stomach meant but she wouldn't make any further comments. Her teacher told her mom, who was shocked that she said anything (she swears she taught her never to ask a woman if they are having a baby... which, technically speaking, she didn't!) and was even more shocked to find out that I was pregnant. BTW, I see this woman every week, and possibly multiple times every week. When she asked when I was due, her mouth dropped and said, "Less then 3 months?? You should be HUGE!" I will take that as a major compliment and as a screw you to the gestational diabetes!!