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Offline whatonearth

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« Reply #120 on: 30/11/19, 11:30 »
Hi all,
Lauren, Iím glad to hear you will be having a scan. How many weeks are you now? Sorry amnesia.
Aggie I forgot to say, there are three weeks of NHS classes, one is for normal birth, one for interventions and one for taking the baby home.
I know my employer is very short staffed so I will probably just go to the intervention class, as I am being advised to go with induction.
London, thats great that you are feeling good with the new regime. You will be so fit and healthy that baby will fly out!
Is anyone remembering to do kegels?
I try to remember, but am struggling with anything to add to my routine. My son having trouble at school and tries to avoid and the decorating still trundles on. I donít have much family support, so its all me.
I know itís important, anyone got any tips, to help me remember?

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    Offline Aggieblue

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    « Reply #121 on: 2/12/19, 13:05 »
    whatonearth, that's nice your NHS course is more sessions, mine was just one long sunday. but yes since it's not your first child, you'll probably be fine with interventions only. i am obsessed with information so i just want to know everything!
    Braxton Hicks doesn't feel like much to be honest, just your bump going very hard for 10-20 seconds. you do feel a slight weird contracting sensation but nothing painful. i think most people wouldn't even notice it, especially if they're busy all day.
    i also keep forgetting those pelvic floor exercises! should really put a reminder on my phone or something.
    i am also getting more scans although not sure why, scans at 28, 32 and 36 weeks instead of the usual 36 weeks only, but these were booked way before my GD diagnosis.

    Lauren, maybe book a private scan for your own peace of mind?

    London, let us know how your meeting went today with the specialist!

    AFM, i had a group of friends over on Saturday and was given a couple of things, including an absolutely HUGE pregnancy pillow. it's amazing, i sleep much better and spent most of my sunday in bed snoozing. I could easily do that in the next two months (but i did force myself to do an hour exercise in the evening). i'm now taking extra iron and b12 but my energy is not back at all. think i'm succumbing to the third trimester exhaustion. i'm 30 weeks today so only 10 weeks to go  ^eyes^

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    « Reply #122 on: 2/12/19, 20:25 »
    Hi all,
    Lauren, Iím glad to hear you will be having a scan. How many weeks are you now? Sorry amnesia.
    No worries, I'm 35 weeks and 2 days today so I am getting quite close to the end now.

    Lauren, maybe book a private scan for your own peace of mind?

    By the time I book a private scan now I will have already had a scan on the NHS so I'm not too worried.

    I have an appointment to see my midwife again on Wednesday so I'm going to make sure she measures me this time and checks to see what position the baby is in. Other than that there really isn't much going on with me. I just feel like I'm waiting for the baby to arrive now. I have started washing the babies clothes but the only problem I am finding I am having is I can't seem to organise the different sizes, I need to work out a better system. There really isn't much I need to sort out for the baby now, the only things I don't have is a baby bath and a thermometer for the room.

    Aggie - I'm glad to heart your sleeping better with your pregnancy pillow. I feel you with the third trimester exhaustion, time flies by when you are having fun doesn't it. I can't believe you only have 10 weeks left!

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    « Reply #123 on: 2/12/19, 20:38 »
    Hi all,
    Aggie that big group sounds lovely. I'm glad you arw getting some quality sleep, growing that baby. You can join a gym after he's here (it is a boy isnt it?)
    What position do you usually sleep in?
    Ill check how often kegels should be done then set the timer. Will report back.
    Lauren baby clothes are so gorgeous. I remember going a bit mad with my DS. It was fun. Now I've had the fun this baby will be a bit more minimal. My DS is extremely messy so too many clothes might tip me over the brink.
    Just my opinion, I hated using my baby bath, it destroyed my back. I used to run a luke warm bath and DP would hand me DS. It was to encourage him to feed (he was rubbish) but he quite liked the big bath and took to swimming like a silly duck. Possibly linked?
    I had a kind of bath float which I could pop him onto so that I could have a wash. Chucked it out and now have to buy a new one!!
    How are you feeling?
    I have been tired, probably because work is pretty busy and barely moved on Sunday. Was very cold though. Brrr,

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    « Reply #124 on: 3/12/19, 20:23 »
    Whatonearth - I've been debating for a while about getting a baby bath or to just find something to pop in our bath but our bath has an odd angle to it and a glass covering blocking most of the bath so I think it will cause a bit of a problem bathing the baby. Plus the toilet would probably get in the way. We do want to get a new bathroom suite but I'm not sure if it is going to happen any time soon. It's typical you throw things out thinking you won't need it and then find yourself wishing you had kept it.
    I'm feeling very tired lately. I've dropped down to 3 days a week in work and officially go on maternity leave after Friday 13th. It can't come quick enough.
    It has been very cold lately I just want to stay wrapped up in a blanket all day. What do you do for work? If you don't mind me asking. It can get very tough when work gets busy so I feel you, make sure you are getting plenty of me time.

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    « Reply #125 on: 4/12/19, 22:59 »
    Hi all,
    Lauren, I know what got mean about the cold. Its better now than it was, but I felt as if I couldn't get moving at all at the weekend.
    I work in a library/IT support role, so I'm on a helpdesk, but also walk around the building a lot. It's s nice mix usually, so I can sit when I want. Sometimes, I end up standing a lot as we have standing 'pods' with terrible seats that dont adjust.
    That's not long until your maternity leave starts.
    How many weeks will you be then?
    You must be counting down.
    when is your official due date?
    I think those tummy tubs are supposed to be good for bathing, easier to fill and carry then a regular baby bath. Or there's always the bathroom sink?
    Babies aren't big fans of being undressed so the quicker the better.

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    « Reply #126 on: 5/12/19, 09:07 »
    Sorry, have been really busy the last couple of days.

    I went to see the specialist on Monday. We got off on the right note about lifestyle immediately as I had cycled to the appointment on the trike and was wearing my cycle helmet (and carrying the trike's LI battery)! He hadn't got my OGTT result yet and assumed, before I told him, that it was borderline like yours AggieBlue due to my diet, appearance and lifestyle. It turns out that getting 10.9 in someone with that diet/lifestyle is pretty rare, and he assumed that I was on a calorie-restricted diet before the test so it was a fluke (apparently he often sees those types of results in anorexic women).

    Anyhow, because I was on the Atkin's Diet, he couldn't tell much from my blood sugar monitoring either because it wasn't behaving normal. I'd basically flatlined it between 5.5 and 6.5. We agreed I needed to be higher than 45g of carbs a day (no s**t, Sherlock) and that it should be 80-100g. He was happy for me to be much lower carb than the NHS guidelines. As I pointed out, I was only eating 120-150g of carbs *before* I had GD so, no, I wasn't going to eat toast for every meal. 

    He wanted to try me on Metformin, but I preferred insulin. So I got a prescription privately, bought one insulin pen, and he told me I could get the rest on the NHS.

    Anyhow, when I got home, it turned out (unsurprisingly) that we were both optimistic about how little insulin I might need. I was soon injecting double what he'd suggested. Because of this, I was about to run out and had to go to my GP. As my pregnancy and antenatal care are being handled privately, I'd only been to the GP for vaccinations and they had no record of me being pregnant. So the GP gave me the prescription for a glucose test kit where I didn't need to pay for strips (they were costing £40 a week)  and for insulin, but bolloxed me about trying to handle my diabetes 'informally' and wanted me to see the practice nurse to discuss my diabetes. As I didn't want to spend another 30 minutes explaining I practically slept in the gym downstairs from the surgery, 1 square of 99% Lindt chocolate/strawberries was the closest I got to a sweet snack, and - yes - I am a bump attached to a stick, I thought this was a waste of my time. I have the endocrinologist's email address, incase of problems, and had already spent two hours on the phone to my sister-in-law, who has been Type I diabetic for 15 years, to discuss how to inject insulin, manage blood sugars, and deal with things like hypos safely - I didn't see why a non-diabetic nurse who'd only just met me would do a better job. I've also met the specific nurse as she did my vaccinations and, she's got so little charisma, I'd rather snorkel naked with piranhas.

    Unfortunately, it looks like I now need basal insulin and the GP didn't give me a prescription on that - so I may have to run the gauntlet of the NHS' approach to GD, which seems to be "if you have GD, I will give you a leaflet to tell you to walk 15 minutes a day, lose weight and avoid drinking regular coke" (despite the fact that nearly 50% of ladies with GD have no risk factors)  ^bigbad^

    Offline Aggieblue

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    « Reply #127 on: 5/12/19, 13:39 »
    Hi everyone!

    Lauren, how did your midwife appointment go? hope they measured you this time?

    whatonearth, i do try and sleep on my side, although not always on the left side. I am a front sleeper so it's not the most comfortable position for me. the pregnancy pillow helps though. and yes it's a boy :)

    London, what a pain, GPs don't care about your pregnancy at all and then all of a sudden they feel like they need to make a contribution somehow. it's such a waste of time when you already have the opinion of a specialist. do they not take that into consideration?

    nothing to report here really, baby's movements have changed now that there's less space but still quite constant. back ache is getting worse, no matter how many yoga sessions i do designed especially for that. sugar levels continue to be under control, i am even a bit less careful now as even after eating two truffles my numbers didn't spike.  i also finally chosen a doula, so that's all sorted at least. still no sign of my double glazing and it's really colddddd now. annoying.

    Offline Londonwriter

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    « Reply #128 on: 7/12/19, 06:29 »
    London, what a pain, GPs don't care about your pregnancy at all and then all of a sudden they feel like they need to make a contribution somehow. it's such a waste of time when you already have the opinion of a specialist. do they not take that into consideration?

    For some reason, the GP seemed to assume that - if she hadn't been sent paperwork - the specialist didn't exist or was some crank weirdo (rather than an NHS endocrinologist making a bit of extra cash). To be fair to her, I emailed him yesterday saying my fasting sugars were still out of range and I probably needed to start on basal insulin, and haven't received a reply yet. I *assume* the endocrinologist is supposed to be handling my ongoing diabetes management (and he replied to a previous email), but I now can't be 100% sure  :(

    I suppose that ladies with GD normally only get weekly appointments to discuss changes in medication, but this is very frustrating when we already *know* what needs to be done and can't do anything. So we're debating whether to just go ahead with the basal insulin anyhow without waiting for a response, which isn't ideal.

    Luckily I have a consultant appointment on Monday so I'm going to ask him what the situation is and who I speak to about paperwork/ongoing changes in medication.

    In any case, the GP's practice nurse (who also does vaccinations, etc.) is going to be less helpful than any of these other sources. As I say, I'm sure she can recite the NHS' Eatwell plate guidelines (as developed by stakeholders including the British Sugar Foundation) and show me how to give myself an injection, but she's highly unlikely to be able to prescribe an appropriate dose of basal insulin or give me actionable advice on how pregnant diabetics eat out when you have to inject 30 minutes before the food arrives. In the latter case, my sister-in-law's advice was that no diabetics who were diabetic before pregnancy manage to hit the NHS guidelines consistently - as it's simply impossible with the huge doses of insulin in pre-existing Type I diabetes - and I can simply make a best guess about carb content and course correct where necessary, but this has been the rare case where her advice doesn't feel it's helpful to someone newly-diagnosed with insulin-dependent GD.

    Offline Aggieblue

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    « Reply #129 on: 8/12/19, 18:22 »
    London, i went to Spain a few weeks ago with a friend with Type I diabetes. he was diagnosed 13 years ago and still can't guess right the insulin he needs, he always carries around sugary stuff to avoid hypos after insulin injections. it's such no easy task!

    i also managed to be out of range for the first time since measuring. went over to a friend's house for dinner who served me chilli with white rice (although i did mention i can't eat white rice). i only had a small portion (they said to keep it fist sized) but still, my sugar measure 8.0 an hour after. first time ever! so at least i know now that i do have GD, i really just been eating well. the only other time it went up to 7.8 was after a white tortilla roll so i know not to eat any white carbs.

    i am really losing my energy now, no matter what i do. probably partly the low carb diet and just being 31 weeks pregnant i guess!  ;D i had quite a busy weekend with a lot of walking around in town and being on my feet in general. could do with a day of sleeping. :) i managed to get a cheap buggy off ebay as well, a 3-wheeled Mountain Buggy, not exactly the model i wanted but it's the second best. very excited to pick it up next week!