How far along: 34 weeks
Gender: Expecting a little Miss Bean
Total weight gain: about 20lbs. – so I stopped gaining weight for a few good weeks after I was diagnosed with GD. (Who knew it could be so hard to put on weight while pregnant?!) Then I was told to stop worrying about my GD as much because of how small Bean was measuring. So I have been trying to stuff myself a lot more. In the past week and a half, I finally gained 3lbs. Eating is beginning to feel like such a chore.
Clothes: I still refuse/haven’t had time to buy maternity clothes. But I’m definitely getting close to the point where the bottom of my belly might actually just gape out.
Body changes: My belly is growing. Big time.
Symptoms: Overall, I’ve had a decent pregnancy in terms of symptoms. But, I’ve reached a turning point where things are getting A LOT more uncomfortable for me. My pelvis is usually so sore by the end of the day. When I sit down on the floor or sofa, I never want to get up again. Trying to keep up with Max is near impossible. Toddlers are like Energizer bunnies on speed!!
My feet have also started swelling after I walk or stand for too long. They didn’t swell until the very end with Max.
Bean is constantly, constantly moving, somersaulting and kicking me in the sides or ribs. I don’t remember being this uncomfortable with Max’s movements until the last couple of weeks.
Overall, the discomfort has definitely ramped up and far earlier than I remember from my first time. I don’t know if it’s because I’m older, my body is less fit, or I’m chasing after a toddler. Actually, I’m sure it’s a combination of all three. Before I couldn’t believe how fast time was flying by. Now I can’t help but hope time goes by a little more quickly.
Food aversions: None.
Food cravings: Candy, specifically, sour candy. Dried cranberries. Fig jam and honey for cheese. Popsicles. Desserts. Juice (and I don’t even normally like juice!) Man, I have so many cravings now that my diet is restricted. It sucks.
Sleep: Sleep is getting more and more difficult. Bean seems to take her gymnastic lessons every night starting at around 11:00PM. I just cannot get comfortable enough to fall asleep for quite some time. I also get up about 2-3x to pee. But, at this point, that’s to be expected.
Best moment(s) of the week:
1. We’ve been potty training Max for a little over a week now and it’s been going really well. We even managed to visit our friends’ place and, except for a few drops on the floor, he made it to the potty every time. I can’t help but be so proud of this kid sometimes. Our next big step with potty training is getting Max to pee when he is outdoors or in a public restroom.
2. Bean finally cooperated during a 3D ultrasound! Usually her face is covered or all smushed up. She really looks so precious… to me at least. My heart just melts when I look at her face. I can’t wait to meet her!
Gestational diabetes update: I’ve had so many ups and downs these past few weeks. Gestational diabetes is the least of my worries at this point. (Not to say that GD can’t have serious consequences, but I am on the margins of having GD and have been relatively easily diet-controlled.)
At the follow-up growth scan, Bean’s weight was measuring in the 5th percentile and her abdomen was less than zero. I was really shocked and distressed when I first heard the news. I had been optimistic that she would have grown more. However, thankfully, the MFM (Maternal Fetal Medicine) doctor that consulted with Mr. C and me did not officially diagnose IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction). He informed us that of the babies that fall under the 10th percentile, only 20% actually have IUGR. He said it was highly possible that I was just SGA (small for gestational age – so many acronyms!)
I have the following factors in Bean’s favor: 1) Both Mr. C and I are Asian (if it needs to be said, Asians tend to have smaller babies); 2) prior history – even though I thought Max was nice and chunky at birth, his birth weight only put him in the 13th percentile; and 3) my Biophysical Profile (BPP) scans indicate that my placenta, cord, and amniotic fluid all look great. Once I reconciled this flood of new information, I started feeling a little better and more hopeful about my situation.
My MFM doctor told me just to focus on putting on more weight, which I have accomplished. I have getting twice weekly ultrasounds for my BPPs, and so far, everything has looked great. Oddly enough, having a small baby has made me stress a lot less about having GD. If anything, the MFM doctor basically indicated I wasn’t going on medication and told me not to worry about it.
Looking forward to: I’m getting my next growth scan for Bean this week. I am so nervous and excited at the same time. I think the fact that I was finally able to gain weight should be promising. But I’m also afraid to get my hopes up just to be disappointed if she doesn’t grow…
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