20 Weeks – Halfway Mark! (Sort of…)
I am officially halfway through my pregnancy today! My little one is the size of a mango, I feel like I’m gaining 5lbs every day, and the nonstop need to pee has ramped up. Pregnancy and diabetes at the 20 week mark has become a bit complicated, but I am keeping positive. In a normal pregnancy, 20 weeks would definitely be the halfway point. However, my OB/GYN told me that diabetes pushes the delivery date up. She’s not letting me go past 38 weeks due to complications that could arrive. This pushes my new delivery date up to October 15, 2018.
My endocrinologist has set me on a two week schedule, and I love how much care she is giving me. It seems like every week I need to increase my daily dose of insulin. Before my pregnancy, I was averaging 45 units per day. Now I am taking at least 65 units per day, even on the days that I am not snacking a lot. All of the doctors I have seen so far have warned me about this. The specialist told me that by the end of the pregnancy, I may be dosing triple the amount I am used to. But after delivery, I will be changing everything back to pre-pregnancy settings.
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About two months ago amidst all the pregnancy articles I’ve been reading, I stumbled across an article about Padsicles. What are Padsicles you ask? They are an amazing popsicle for that special area after giving birth. The lady that wrote about them said she made 20 at first, then ended up making 50 more because they were so helpful. To make them, you take a heavy duty pad and apply aloe vera gel and 100% witch hazel. Then you stick them in the freezer. This wonderful combination provides relief and comfort after your delivery. I made 20 up today and they are currently freezing. I know it’s a ridiculous idea; few mothers have heard about this, but I am excited to try them.
Summer Time is Here
Other than the lovely Padsicles and extra insulin, I am coasting through the summer. Hopefully good weather has been hitting your area. In Oregon, the warmer spring has given way to delicious veggies and fruit much earlier than last year. Blueberry picking with my mom is right around the corner! Until next time!