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Offline whatonearth

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« Reply #130 on: 8/12/19, 20:01 »
Hi all,
Oo Aggie you've got a pram. What was your first choice?  Mountain buggies are pretty robust.
Are you getting tired-sleepy or physically fatigued?
Is the street noise in the bedroom keeping you awake?
I was looking at a website called spinning babies, which had LOTS of advice about persuading babies into the optimum position for birth. I was thinking about you and your back problems they seemed to link some back pain with baby position and there was quite a lot of advice on there. Worth a look?

London you will know from your SIL about the problems of injecting insulin. I was with my type 1 ex boyfriend for around 3 years and he found it difficult to guesstimate, although you sound pretty organised with the weighing. Itís not for a lot longer though, 10 weeks.
It sounds as if you are in the private/public health no manís land. I was lucky this time that I had asked to be referred to an NHS haematologist so had her support for blood thinners this time. In the past the GP has not helped with prescriptions for anything. I think they are sometimes even suspicious of NHS specialist referrals from within the system.
I found the midwife more helpful and she requested thinners on my behalf at the start and the GP seemed happy with that arrangement. Do you think it would be worth trying your your midwife for prescriptions? She will be a lot more aware of GD.

Lauren how are getting on? You are getting so close to the end now! So exciting! When is your scan?
Counting down to finishing at work too.

Iím 30+1 today. Indigestion from hell, but feeling ok. We had a lovely Christmas night out last night (I was home before 11:00) started at 5 in a Christmas market then a hotel which was very Christmassy with gorgeous lights and very cosy.
Did a bit of yoga yesterday, just on Youtube (mislaid my Dvd). Still havenít made it to a class (lazy). My past yoga lessons on draughty, halls with overly challenging routines have put me off a bit.
The YouTube lesson was really good, some positions felt amazing (pause TV) some were a bit tricky, but I just did what was comfortable.
Looked up Kegels and it seems 5mins x 3 per day are recommended to help with labour and pee pee related matters. So far have managed 2 times, but probably not for 5mins!?,.,. Set timers ladies!
Getting a bit achey at work when I stand for too long, so having to go and sit down. Will see how that goes.
Anyone got an exercise ball? Where did you buy?
Oh yeah, got another scan on Friday, so hoping hefty girl has not grown any bigger than 95th centile.

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    Offline Londonwriter

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    « Reply #131 on: 9/12/19, 06:22 »
    I found the midwife more helpful and she requested thinners on my behalf at the start and the GP seemed happy with that arrangement. Do you think it would be worth trying your your midwife for prescriptions? She will be a lot more aware of GD.

    Ah, I don't even have a midwife  :( I had one in my last pregnancy, but I didn't really see the point. She didn't do my antenatal checks - that was my consultant - she just asked me if I was okay and if I did exercise, and that was about it. It all seemed a bit of a waste of time.

    I'm going to bother my consultant about how to manage the endocrinologist. He referred me to him, and presumably has worked with him before. I also don't have a maternity exemption certificate for prescription charges (again, didn't need it before) and a Mat B for maternity/paternity leave, so someone will have to issue that as well. I'm seeing him this evening, so I'll bug him about this stuff.

    In the meantime, I've started taking basal insulin and am carefully titrating up the dose every night until my fasting sugars stop being high.

    w that goes.
    Anyone got an exercise ball? Where did you buy?

    I'm still jogging with the dog for 30 minutes every day, doing 3-4 dance classes each week, a cardio weights class and cycling to my son's nursery/central London (albeit on the electric tricycle and not my ordinary bike)  :-[ It's been a bit hair-raising with the diabetes (I've had a couple of unexpected 3.7s on my glucose meter), but my sister-in-law told me to carry a carton of long-life apple juice and that's put my mind at rest.

    Hopefully (cross fingers), I won't have pelvic floor problems with all the weighted squats. I didn't last time and didn't bother with specific pelvic floor exercises. Certainly, the instructor at my Friday class was very impressed that I still can balance on one leg while nearly 30 weeks pregnant. The exercise really helps with balance - I guess your body gets used to being in odd positions with the extra weight. I haven't had indigestion either, but both little boys sat very low (they hang down like a beer gut). This little guy is still transverse at the moment - I hope he turns head down at some point!

    Offline Aggieblue

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    « Reply #132 on: 9/12/19, 10:25 »
    whatonearth, I wanted their official jogging model, the Terrain, but it's so rarely pops up second hand and I can't jog anyway until the baby is big enough. so i'll keep an eye out, in the meantime i got their second best, the Urban Jungle. still ok for light jogging.
    My back has always been a bit funny, I am not made to be sitting by a desk all day. I had no back issues at all the few times I was travelling for months or more, so I know it's the sitting all day. I actually signed up for the Spinning Babies email a while ago, although yet to read any of them!
    My tiredness is partly driven by the lack of sleep - i keep waking up and not being able to go back to sleep. not from the traffic noise, just from being uncomfortable. i hate sleeping on my side! i ordered a new mattress which is arriving on wednesday, i hope that may help.
    I did get an exercise ball from a friend, although not quite sure what to do with it!  ;D

    London, i got both my exemption card and MatB1 through my GP, so you might need to go back there. Although it probably differs everywhere.
    i'm still quite good with balancing as well, but i do a lot of yoga and my bump is also on the small side. i do a lot of squats too, glad to hear that should help with pelvic floor as well.

    i have my 31 week midwife appointment on Thursday and will ask her about the lack of energy. This morning I had to grab a sandwich (luckily I found a vegan one in rye bread, rather than white bread) as by the time i got to work I could hardly cope with exhaustion. I feel much better after a bit of carb, will see how my sugar levels are doing. There's only so much quinoa i can eat, i really need to experiment with other carbs/sugars, as i think that's the main reason for my lack of energy.

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    « Reply #133 on: 9/12/19, 10:59 »
    London, i got both my exemption card and MatB1 through my GP, so you might need to go back there. Although it probably differs everywhere.
    i'm still quite good with balancing as well, but i do a lot of yoga and my bump is also on the small side. i do a lot of squats too, glad to hear that should help with pelvic floor as well.

    Thanks, Aggie. I'll try my consultant and see if he can help. If not, I'll have to go back to my GP. Either way, I need to make sure my consultant (or someone) has actually written to my GP so they know I'm pregnant and have antenatal care, and stop acting awkward.

    On the sleeping issues, I had problems with cramping/lack of circulation in my left thigh, while sleeping on my side, and found a memory foam mattress topper really helped. I didn't have much success with a pregnancy pillow - I spent the entire night adjusting it as it kept falling off the bed, and it kept hitting my husband in the face and waking him up!  ::)

    i have my 31 week midwife appointment on Thursday and will ask her about the lack of energy. This morning I had to grab a sandwich (luckily I found a vegan one in rye bread, rather than white bread) as by the time i got to work I could hardly cope with exhaustion. I feel much better after a bit of carb, will see how my sugar levels are doing. There's only so much quinoa i can eat, i really need to experiment with other carbs/sugars, as i think that's the main reason for my lack of energy.

    You need to check/calculate how many calories you're eating. If you reduce your carb consumption without increasing the amount of fat you're eating to compensate, you'll end up on a starvation diet and will get weak and exhausted.

    I have a similar problem, but only with muscle glycogen (which runs off carbohydrates) as I've been swapping carbs for fat. What this means is I've got excellent concentration when working at a desk (because the brain runs off fat/protein), but don't have a lot of endurance anymore, which is annoying. I'm hoping it's a temporary feature of being on the Atkin's Diet for a week while exercising three hours a day, and will resolve itself as my diabetes is controlled better.

    I was also having problems with not being hungry at all, which meant I was eating about 500 calories a day. I'm now spacing my carbohydrates over about six meals and breaking my meals into two pieces (so have a salad at one 'meal' and fruit at another 'meal'). I've also focused on nutrient- and calorie-dense options, such as nuts, avocado, double cream (no good as a vegan), fruit and vegetables. All fruit and vegetables contain carbohydrates - you can, for example, get 3.6g of carbs from 100g of cherry tomatoes, which means you don't need to stuff yourself with bread to get enough carbohydrates. I'm now eating about 80-100g of carbohydrates without ever eating a slice of bread. The only starchy carb I'm eating is small amounts of quinoa (same as you), oat cakes (as a snack with cheese) and occasionally even smaller amounts of potato (not great for blood sugar - but as part of a tuna fishcake, for example). You may not even need the oatcakes - I'm exercising around 90 minutes daily in cold weather, which has high calorie consumption. Either way, I would completely ignore the NHS diet - it prioritises starchy carbs over 'real' nutritious food.

    If you really can't eat without flunking your blood sugar readings (doesn't sound like it), you probably need to be on meds - it makes things a lot easier and is a lot more controllable than guessing with diet.

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    « Reply #134 on: 9/12/19, 11:28 »
    To be honest, I didn't change my diet at all that much, i'm eating what i normally eat, which is 90% vegetables and protein (tofu/seitan or pulses) and some carbs (not with every meal). I am lucky, potato doesn't seem to spike my sugar levels, nor does porridge, so I am still eating those - although not a massive fan of potato, but I try and incorporate them now. I eat a hellofa amount of nuts a day and plan all my meals around protein so my fat and protein levels are most likely ok. I remember once tracking what I ate and I was also surprised by how much carbs I am getting from my food, considering i don't eat pure carbs. Maybe i fire up that app again.

    I had the same problem with lack of hunger throughout my second trimester, but my appetite is definitely back now! I also have a growth scan on Monday so we'll see how little Pupo is doing.

    Oh and I love my pregnancy pillow! but i don't have to share the bed so there's enough space for it.  and hate memory foam  ;D i'm a firm mattress kinda girl, and my mattress is now old and soft. only 2 more sleeps on it though :)

    Sorry whatonearth for all this diet talk! i see people on instagram posting photos of them eating two doughnuts at a time saying I can eat this as i'm pregnant and i'm like I'M PREGNANT TOO WHERE'S MY DOUGHNUT?!! hahaaha, definitely putting a box of treats into my hospital bag  ;D

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    « Reply #135 on: 9/12/19, 19:24 »
    Hi all,
    Aggie, could the fatigue be anything else, iron levels, that kind of thing?
    I hope the appointment sheds some light on what is going on.
    I agree, it might be easier to take metformin for the remaining weeks and not have to work so hard at managing your sugar levels and food intake. You sound very healthy and you've got enough to think about.
    I laughed about the doughnut! Boo rubbish. Will arrange a doughnut delivery for you as soon as your bump is outside in the world.
    Did I miss something, are you getting a new mattress?
    oh and don't worry about the GD chat, I think it's great that you have each other for moral support and advice.

    London Midwives are good at keeping you in track, when you have a lot of other stuff to juggle. Is it too late to see one now?
    My midwife has been pretty good at keeping me up to date with paperwork (MatB1 etc..) and keeping me on schedule with tests.
    She is also lovely and kept me sane when I was part of project "no tell"
    The midwife I had for my son was a lot scarier though.
    Are you sure you weren't pinging the hubby with the pregnancy pillow because why should he get a lovely, unbroken sleep! :0))
    Take that!
    Good luck chasing up your consultant, hope you get the insulin organised and do be careful. Make sure you do always have the juice box. People in hypos do not make great decisions.
    Is the decorating going ok?
    How are you finding work?
     My consultant has moved my appointment to the 20th,but still have a scan on the 13th,so two Friday mornings off. I'm secretly quite pleased. I work 9 hours on Thursday and a lot of that is on my feet.
    Can't wait for the hols!!
    I found a way of arranging my pillow into a kind of hill/wedge which takes the pressure off of the artery which caused the issue in the frankly, quite weak research behind the side sleeping punishment of pregnant women.
    Ill try to find the link.
    You do slide down the hill sometimes but my back and hips love it.



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    « Reply #136 on: 12/12/19, 17:22 »
    whatonearth, oh yes, new mattress arrived yesterday, i slept so much better! so happy i bit the bullet and got it.
    hope the scan goes well tomorrow and get to see your little girl wiggling around!  :) my 32 weeks scan is on monday, it has come around so quick!
    i will resist metformin for now. my numbers have been so low that i am sure there's room for more carbs. see how it goes!
    how did you arrange the pillows? is it kinda like you're half on your back half on your side?

    i had my 31 weeks midwife appointment today. it went really well, bump is measuring as it should, baby's heartbeat is perfect and he is heads down at the moment. apparently, quite low. I did tell the midwife he's been sitting low since the beginning - i'm still convinced though that he might come early. hopefully not too early! she also didn't seem to worried about the tiredness, as long as it's not light headedness or faint feeling, which it isn't. she was happy i was taking iron and suggested eating more darkleafy greens. there was protein in my urine but i forgot to do mid stream (sorry TMI!) so she didn't think it's anything to worry about, escpecially as my blood pressure was absolutely fine. again, was told to eat more and drink more. i must say i haven't been drinking enough, i need to make more effort.

    i had my babyshower at work today. they got me one of those massage things you put on your chair. it's amazing. hopefully will help with my back ache.

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    « Reply #137 on: 15/12/19, 20:33 »
    how is everyone?

    i had a massive fall today, my bike broke underneath me and i flew over and landed right on my face and bump. i was in hospital all afternoon on monitor but little Pupo seemed happy and oblivious to the accident. I, however, broke a few teeth and bruised my face. Luckily i also happen to have my 32 weeks scan tomorrow morning so will be reassuring to have a closer look at my baby.

    So freaking scary. Definitely finished cycling now, feeling so guilty about it. It could have been much much worse.  ^pray^

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    « Reply #138 on: 16/12/19, 00:52 »
    AggieBlue - so sorry to hear about the bike crash. You must have been so panicked :( We had a minor car accident when I was 6 months pregnant in the Old Faithful car park in the US (of all places), as a guy pulled out across the lane in front of us. Despite it being a low-speed collision (about 5-10mph), I was really scared for DS.

    Just to say, though, well done on continuing to cycle at 32 weeks pregnant. No need to feel guilty at all - most accidents occur in the home, and you canít avoid that :) Iím still cycling although, due to posture problems (my bike doesnít really have an adjustable seat or handle bars), Iíve been on the trike rather than the bicycle. Itís a lot more comfortable and goes a lot faster.

    WhatonEarth - didnít need the midwife in the end. I got a prescription from my GP for the basal insulin without anyone harassing me to see the practice nurse, etc. after the endocrinologist sent through the paperwork. My blood sugar is now under really vicious control, which means itís permanently between 4.0 and 6.5, with the disadvantage that I have had a couple of hypos. Interestingly, and unlike my non-diabetic hypos, it doesnít have psychological effects - to the point where my husband thought Iíd gone high, not low. I just sweat profusely and feel very weak. I feel worse afterwards - washed out and headachy, like Iím having a flare of my autoimmune disease.

    Work-wise, Iíve told clients Iím worried about an early induction (I worked until 38 weeks last time around) and am supposed to be finishing stuff up around Xmas. This will help a lot with sorting the house out, as weíve had to clear our Ďjunk roomí to turn it into a child/au pairís bedroom, there are three rooms out of action due to decorating currently, no decent long-term storage and - as a result - the house is a tip. There are at least 130 board games in my office (!) and an enormous box of collectible cards, for example, which I need to have time to sell before Grape is born.

    On the upside, my parents-in-law came around today and my father-in-law and husband moved several pieces of furniture into the newly-decorated bedrooms, which took some of the pressure off. It had been really cramped with the front room and half the bedrooms not in use, and the rest full of stuff from the out-of-action rooms. In particular, the dog was sleeping right next to the fridge-freezer, which was completely impractical first thing in a morning (heís not a small dog).

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    « Reply #139 on: 17/12/19, 14:18 »
    ah Lononwriter, you're getting there! so glad to hear you got what you need now to control the sugar levels and hopefully the hypos aren't too bad.

    i'm also supposed to work until i'm 38 weeks but definitely until i'm 37. the scan yesterday revealed that Pupo is now in breech position, so not sure if it was the midwife who mistook his bum to his head or if he moved around since. i am now hanging upside down as much as i can and following all the other tips to get him to move head down. there's a good chance he might still do. in the meantime i am writing a c-section birth plan as well  ::)

    seeing the dentist tomorrowm hoping they can fix my teeth! wouldn't want a first photo of me and the baby with broken teeth  ;D