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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Addy Jo {32 weeks}

It seems like I just posted my 7 month pregnancy update a few days ago. This past month flew by so fast and here I am, 8 months pregnant! And a lot has happened since my last update.  I failed my second one-hour glucose test and had to take a third test which was two hours long.  (I've had to drink that nasty stuff three times during this pregnancy. gag.) My blood sugar levels from fasting were excellent.  However, my levels one hour after drinking the glucose were sky high.  By two hours, they had leveled back down to a safe range.  So I passed 2/3 of the test.  Unfortunately,  failing 1/3 of it was enough to get me diagnosed as a gestational diabetic.  I was pretty upset about this at first. But after meeting with the dietician she explained to me that this wasn't my fault.  Apparently, diabetes affects about 10% of pregnant women because the placenta produces hormones that work against insulin which keeps glucose from moving into the cells.  While pregnant, the body has to make three times the normal amount of insulin to overcome this resistance. For women like me, our bodies just don't produce enough insulin while pregnant to meet this demand.  So I have been strictly following the diet plan that she gave me for 10 days now, and I feel SO much better.  I'm not getting light-headed or shaky anymore and I don't feel near as fatigued.  I have even lost 8 pounds in 10 days! (don't worry, my dietician and doctor are keeping a close eye on everything)...8 lbs. down but I feel completely satisfied after each meal and I am eating healthier than I ever have!

 I owe a large part of this to this book:

I cannot speak highly enough about this book.  Despite the title, this book can help you whether you are a mom or not, male or female, pregnant, nursing, diabetic, needing to loose weight, needing to maintain weight, or have food allergies.  It goes into great detail as to why fad diets don't work long term and why it is detrimental to one's health to completely cut a food group from one's diet.  It teaches you how to maintain a healthy balanced diet that includes all of the food groups so that you do not feel deprived.  And the results from readers will blow your mind if you look Trim Healthy Mamas up on facebook. It has been a great help to me just in managing my gestational diabetes so far. I will definitely continue this diet after I have the baby and even while I nurse.  I haven't seen results like I have seen from myself while on this diet since I was starving myself and exercising twice a day.  And I'm pregnant! Who would have thought that you could still feel satisfied after every meal and still lose weight? I sure didn't! Okay, I'll stop now.  But you should definitely look into it!

How far along: 32 weeks

Maternity clothes: pants...I'm still getting away with regular tops and dresses...stretchy ones, anyway...

Best moment this month: lots of them fact, I can't narrow it down!

Miss Anything: being able to lay comfortably in the bathtub for a long time.  Also, long car rides.  I just can't sit still for very long anymore and I end up getting painful contractions while riding.  Also (lol), I miss being able to sleep at night without waking up a hundred times to go to the bathroom or because I have a horrible cramp in my leg/foot. So yes, I miss a lot of things.  But not too much longer!

Movement: yes! she's a squirmy wormy at night...not too much during the day though. 

Food cravings: since starting this diet, my cravings for carbs and fruit has greatly diminished.  I'm not really having any cravings now...Just sticking close to my diet plan and feeling satisfied. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: The Lorax and the smell of apple cinnamon tea brewing (see my 28 week update if you are confused by this)

Have you started to show yet: ummmm....yes.  definitely yes.

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: I feel and look like Addy Jo is dropping already...lots of pressure on my pelvis.  I didn't drop with the boys until the very very end.  It's not exactly comfortable but I prefer this pain over the pain of carrying a baby so high that I can't breath and my ribs constantly ache.  That was the hardest part about my pregnancies with the boys. 

Also, I've been having a lot more contractions lately...and much more intense. 

Belly Button in or out: poking out a bit

Wedding rings on or off:  Wedding ring on....promise ring off.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  After being on this low carb/low sugar diet, my mood has changed drastically...much happier and less irritable...however, the first couple of days of cutting the carbs/sugar created some irritableness!

Looking forward to: my baby shower next week here at church! (Sunday the 21st)...I have family coming in and I can't wait to see everyone!

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