Again I was thrown for a loop, the 28 week glucose tolerance test revealed that I had Gestational Diabetes (GD). My doctor was floored, I was not the typical candidate. Some times five crix would spike my sugar! What was I supposed to eat? A quick online search would inform you of the possible complications and outcomes, I panicked for you Phinny, for us and again food was limited. Your Aunty Saara called to share her own concerning but successful and manageable GD experience which calmed me. Mamas to be, listen and follow your Doctor's advice and instructions. Meet with a Dietitian/ Nutritionist, information is power and success is obtainable!
Pricking your finger four-six times a day, extreme diet control and food prep. Believing you are healthy but having your body tell you otherwise is eye opening. Exercise wise we started water aerobics, I was the youngest by decades, My Golden Girls and Guy I called them, in my mind's eye we were fabulous synchronized swans and I, rather you and I, stayed Metformin free until the last couple weeks when a 210 sugar spike made Dr Serrao 'put her foot down.'
Thanks (pure sarcasm) to the GD my placenta started calcifying early but you were growing beautifully so we weren't too concerned. However after I was inactive for so much of the pregnancy the sudden activity, limited food intake, calcified placenta and main culprit GD caused you not to grow as you should and I was put on bed rest.
"Asymmetrical Uterine Growth Restriction"
Google that bad boy. You weren't getting all you should so your body sacrificed so your brain could stay safe and receive what it needed. Tears, guilt, heartache, panic and more prayers. My baby girl I felt like I failed you. Please God protect us. Forgive me. Every second, every minute, every day that passed I thanked God for those seemingly small but for me, magnanimous victories. It is detrimental, pre-pregnancy and during, to fit exercise in your daily routine, to rest and to eat well, on time and enough to healthily sustain both Mama and Baby. Document what you ingest, how much and this helps give yourself a clearer, more realistic idea and to do any fine tuning.