So it turns out, I may be elderly, but despite what my ultrasound report says, I am no primigravida.
"elderly" = older than 35
"gravida" = number of pregnancies
(and "para" = number of births after 20 weeks)
In shorthand, I am a G7P0 (7 pregnancies, 0 births). A more detailed way to write it is G7P0060 (7 pregnancies, 0 term births, 0 preterm births, 6 "abortions" -spontaneous and elective counted the same, and 0 living children.
Also, when you've been pregnant more than once, you go from being a primigravida to a multigravida
However...I should officially be labeled an elderly GRAND multigravida (because "grand" signifies being pregnant 5 or more times. I'm a little like Michelle Duggar, only way less successful).
So I suppose I'm an elderly grand multigravida with poor obstetrical history.
Ah hem, just felt the need to clarify. Even if the "grand" makes the "elderly" sound even older than it does by itself...
If I'm going to be labeled insensitive medical labels, let's at least get them right, you know?
Big thanks to Shannon and My Two Lines for the endocrinology-related comments on the last post - very VERY helpful. I've found what I think is the original HAPO study from the New England Journal in 2008...and if I'm reading it right, my numbers are really not good. Which is what I thought - that my fasting numbers are too high. Shannon, as you suggested, I've been eating a cup of ice cream before bed (full fat low carb ice cream) and it's not helping (this morning's fasting was 99 after a cup of this ice cream right before bed last night)...ugh!
Hopefully my regular OB will be responsive when I see her next week. Or at least will agree to let me consult with an endocrinologist even if she thinks the numbers are no big deal.
It feels like we are so close! I am a pretty active coper, as you may have noticed. I am not about to get passive or sloppy now if there's anything I can do to help be sure we have a good outcome - with a live and healthy Magpie at the end of this.
P.S. I promise - promise! - to post a belly shot soon. And to update on the insanity that is our apartment as we try to prepare for the arrival of a little person...all without jinxing anything by erring in assuming we are having a baby. Tricky business, I tell you...
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