Ah well...so I'm a granny-mom-to-be with a poor obstetrical history. Not exactly new news, and not how I planned things, but here we are. "Elderly" or not, I am so, so grateful - and still incredulous - to be here. Thrilled through to my core.
So this "elderly" first-time mom-to-be went in for her latest OB appointment today, 30 weeks, 2 days.
My OB is on vacation, so I chose to see the partner of hers I hadn't yet met. Her other partner was my OB for our first four pregnancies and miscarriages, so I feel plenty acquainted with him and know I would feel comfortable if he is on call when I am laboring.
But I wanted to check out the third guy. And phew! I really liked this other partner as well. He was very thorough and went over my entire chart with me, noted my history of Hodgkin's, noted the history of miscarriages, talked to me about what we'd done differently this pregnancy (lovenox, corticosteroids, IVIG, gluten-free for first trimester). We agreed together that much of it has probably been voodoo, but hey, voodoo or not, why mess with success?
My blood pressure looked good (108/65), and strangely I seem to have lost 3 lbs since my last visit two and a half weeks ago. Which must be water weight or something because I'm definitely not calorie restricting - if anything, I'm on a much higher fat diet with this gestational diabetes.
The covering OB pointed out that Magpie's growth has been slowing (she's gone from the 41st %ile to the 25th %ile at the last growth scan). Although overall he said it's not that big of a change, and Will and I aren't big people, he wants to keep an eye on things to be sure her growth is not trending downward. He's scheduled another growth scan next week to check on her.
He also wants me to start non-stress tests this week, whereas my regular OB was planning to start them in my 32nd week. Fine by me. I want a safe and healthy baby - so more surveillance is just fine with me.
I was expecting to hear that my fasting blood glucose levels have been too high, since that has been my (and my new nutritionist's) opinion. Sometimes my fasting numbers have been in the 106ish range and they are never lower than the mid to high 90s). I've been doing everything I can to get them to go lower...but this OB said the numbers are still ok in his book. That was a surprise. We'll see what my regular OB thinks.
I have another appointment next week to see my regular OB, by my request....it's been 3 weeks since I saw her (when she told me I had GD)...and now that I'm officially high risk with the GD, I just don't want anything to fall through the cracks.
But so far so good-ish. This is one well-monitored little girl!
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