A Good Visit

Today was a much better visit to the doctor’s. 3 weeks ago we had a pretty bad appointment. That was when we found out Gabriel was too big. That was also when we found out that I’m now battling gestational diabetes. The doc seemed very concerned about the entire situation. Basically, it was a matter of getting the diabetes under control, before Gabriel got too big. Even then, there is still a valid concern of pre-term labor or the necessity to take Gabriel early. The problem is that even though the baby is big, the lungs are underdeveloped. So, while I’m ready to call this done 8 weeks early, Gabriel isn’t as ready. This is the same visit that the doc said I needed to cut back on my hours.

Then 2 weeks ago, we went back and after trying very hard to control the diabetes with diet, we realized it was out of our hands if I still intended to get the nutritional necessities for myself and Gabe. I’ve been giving myself insulin injections twice a day since then.

This visit was much better. I’ve got to do weekly visits now and they are a pain. Each visit requires the usual blood pressure/urine test. Then I have to be connected to a fetal monitor for 30 minutes. Then the ultrasound. My appointment was at 3:15 pm today and we got out about 5:36 pm. The results this week were better. My blood sugars are better, but still a little high, so we are upping the insulin a tad. Gabriel is now weighing in at 5 lbs 14 oz, which means that in 3 weeks, he hasn’t quite put on a pound. That is good news. He’ll probably start putting on a lb a week from here on out, which still means he’ll be a big boy. The doc thinks he’s probably in there for about 4 more weeks, so he might not be too big. Overall, the doc seemed pleased but still concerned. I’m feeling pretty good. Now, I just need to kick this cold and I’ll be much better!

Pregnancy and colds don’t mix!



  1. Firebrand said,

    February 11, 2005 at 3:09 am

    Yeah for 2 updates in 1 week! :clap: I’m glad to hear that you’re doing better (even if this cold is kickin’ your arse right now)…and, honestly, I can’t believe that he’s almost here (fingers crossed for at least 4 more weeks – gotta have mature lungs!). Has the doc said anything about potentially doing a steroid injection so that his lungs might mature a wee bit faster? Not that I’d advocate drugs, because you know I’m not about that… lol… I’m just wondering. Love you lots! 🙂

  2. Michele said,

    February 11, 2005 at 11:55 am

    😀 Great news Jen and Mike! I am happy that things are getting in control health wise and work wise. So happy to hear also the little man is doing well enough to stay put at least for another month. Please keep us posted on your visits. Love to your family, miss you.

  3. Keli said,

    February 16, 2005 at 10:42 am

    :clap: Hi Jeni— so glad to hear that everything looks good. I’m excited for you! After my first was born I lost every desire to go back to work— I couldn’t part myself from him !!! I was lucky— it worked out that I was able to stay home until my second child went to school— they do change you— life suddenly has new prioroties— Blessings on you and Mike— I can’t wait for the big day— I’ll keep praying for all of you!

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