Weeks pregnant: 36
Baby size in vegetables: Romaine lettuce
Last week we had Little O’s last growth scan to check that he is on track to be a normal sized baby and that his important parts (head, belly, femur) are all in proportion because this is what decides how early I will be induced.
Although he was not in the mood for paparazzi at this particular scan I am glad to say that Little O is completely in proportion and at a completely normal estimated weight of 5lbs 15 ounces/2.7kg with an expected birth weight of 7lbs or 3.2kg. The sonographer said there was no cause for concern and along with the diabetes midwife assuring me that my sugars are well enough controlled we are expecting that I will be induced at 39 weeks, which is to be confirmed in just over a week.
Over the past couple of weeks my insulin resistance has increased, which is a normal thing as pregnancy progresses and in many ways a good sign that my placenta is working well. The diabetes nurse told me she’d be more worried at this stage if it improved. What this means is that I have to keep adjusting my insulin levels up and some of the things I used to be fine to eat (read: all and any types of bread) are now causing me to spike, which means I have to avoid them and my diet is becoming ever more limited. Although I struggled a lot with accepting my diagnosis and accepting going onto medication along with its consequences, I have come to realise that it is not how you manage gestational diabetes that is important. It is important that you manage it. People who manage to control through diet alone are not “better” at it… they just don’t have the condition as severely. And considering how well Little O is doing, it must be working.
The side effect is that I have started thinking about all the things I want to eat once Little O has been born. Pretty much as soon as he is out my body should return to normal, which means all the forbidden foods are back on the table (pun intended). In case anyone is wondering, this is my running list:
- A whole loaf of fresh tiger bread with butter
- Scones with cream and lots of jam
- A custard slice
- Ben & Jerry’s peanut butter cup ice-cream… probably the whole carton
- A green detox smoothie from Crussh – sounds like it would be okay but the juice content pretty much kills it
- Cadbury’s Oreo chocolate
- Porridge with banana and peanut butter
- Jelly babies
- A burger with the bun on it – preferably from Five Guys
- Several whole mangoes
- Pizza… even just a margherita would be a joy
- A peanut butter milkshake
- A bagel
- Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup
- Cake – carrot, chocolate, Victoria sponge, red velvet plain old vanilla… just cake
- Mashed potatoes
- Dried fruit
- A big bag of sweet and salty popcorn
If anyone wants to come and visit me in the hospital after the birth, you are expected to bring me something on the list!