How far along: 26 weeks
Meds: all taken daily – prenatal vitamins, vitamin D, DHA, probiotic, Levothyroxine 100 mcg
Gestational diabetes: I saw the maternal-fetal-medicine specialist today for a more detailed ultrasound and counseling. Baby girl looked great and is measuring just a few days behind, which is appropriate for being Asian 🙂 He praised me for my good blood pressure and weight, and on-target blood sugars when following the diet. I can now check my sugars just once a day, though my breakfast and dinner numbers today were a tad high, so I’ll likely keep checking those the next couple days to make sure they don’t stay that way. I’m getting close to cutting out all carbs at breakfast soon – numbers are borderline. It’ll get tougher to control as the placenta grows and pumps out more hormones, so I do anticipate starting insulin at some point.
Baby is the size of: an eggplant (and approximately 1 lb 13 oz by ultrasound today)
Belly pictures: Another pre-maternity outfit – though before pregnancy, I would’ve gone without leggings, this is more tunic than dress now 🙂
Total weight gain: Down 0.2 pounds from last week, thanks to the GD diet, so still almost 17 pounds up from pre-fertility weight.
Stretch marks: None that I can see!
Sleep: Still pretty good, sometimes I wake up around 5am to pee, but I’m able to get back to sleep easily.
Symptoms/Feeling: Still really good, I occasionally get some round ligament pains, but they aren’t bad and don’t last long. Constipation is better (again – GD diet), I get heartburn rarely.
Best moment of this week: The MFM specialist had fun checking out everything on baby girl, including really detailed looks at her heart – he said it was easy to see since I’m thin. Then he took my favorite ultrasound image of baby girl yet – here she is covering her eyes and pouting! Hard to say whose nose she has, but I think she has daddy’s fuller lips.
Miss anything: As always, time! Everybody keeps saying to sleep as much as I can, but I feel like there’s so much to prepare before she comes along. I do get 7-8 hours a night pretty consistently at least.
Movement: She’s as active as ever, and I felt and saw her hiccup at the same time today on ultrasound – pretty funny! She’s breech right now, so those are definitely kicks I’m feeling in my lower right side a lot of the time.
Food cravings: Thankful for being able to fulfill my ice cream and milk tea cravings at bedtime, since the rest of my day’s consumption gets pretty boring.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, been feeling good in this respect!
Labor signs: A few Braxton-Hicks here and there.
Belly button in or out: Still solidly in there. I’m guessing it’ll flatten by late 3rd trimester.
Wedding rings on or off: Still on and loose.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy but occasionally hungry. Having to hold myself back when going out to eat definitely makes me grumpy. We have a wedding Saturday, and will be interesting to see how I’ll figure out portions then.
Purchases for baby: I’d bought a ceiling fan to install in the future nursery last month, since it gets very hot in there during the summer, even with air conditioning. The electricians installed it today, having to run a new power source to it since there was nothing in the ceiling before, and that makes it by far our most expensive purchase!
Looking forward to: Wedding and a birthday this weekend, though I have to really watch what I eat!