Baby McGahen: 34 Weeks

Baby McGahen: 34 Weeks

Endocrinologist Update - I went to get my robot out and to have the doctor look over my blood sugar levels. The appointment was honestly best case scenario. She told me my blood sugar levels looked great, and that there was no cause for concern for me or for the baby. Despite having gestational diabetes, my diet is healthy enough that it's not going to cause issues. I got the robot out and will not have to do finger pricks or insulin. They will continue to keep a close eye on him with extra OBGYN appointments, one more appointment with Obstetrics (to measure him), a dietician appointment, and one more Endo appointment.

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Childbirth Class Recap

Childbirth Class Recap

We spent basically our entire Saturday (9am-5pm) at our hospital taking the Childbirth Express class that they hosted. Normally, childbirth classes are 4 weeks long, each for 2 hours, but we didn't want to make that weekly commitment and chose to get it all at once. It was a LOT of information and a very long day, but I'm really happy that we chose to do it. 

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5 Things That Make Me Really Happy Right Now

5 Things That Make Me Really Happy Right Now

I feel like I'm in the grouchy stage of my third trimester these days. I don't like being super negative all the time, and I don't want to only ever talk about negative stuff. Thanks to the beauty of the internet, I discovered some new blogs to read this week. One of the blogs I found and immediately followed was A Lady Goes West who posted a blog recently titled Three Things That Are Totally Making Me Happy Right Now, which inspired this post. 

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You Can Be Otherwise Healthy and Still Get Gestational Diabetes

You Can Be Otherwise Healthy and Still Get Gestational Diabetes

I really debated posting about this because I didn't want to deal with mom shame/judgment from people. When I've told people that I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, most people have responded with things like, "Oh, do you eat a lot of sweets?" or "But you're so healthy!" Neither of which are mean comments, but I think they reinforce the fact that there is a stigma of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) that it only happens to overweight/unhealthy people. Implying that if you do have it, you did something wrong. And that's just not necessarily true.

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Baby McGahen: 32 Weeks

Baby McGahen: 32 Weeks

How I've felt in my workouts: Determined. With the recent diagnosis of GDM, I'm really trying to stick to my plan and not skip workouts. Though my workouts are a much lower intensity than I would do if I weren't 8 months pregnant, they still feel challenging for me now. I've officially decided to stop trying to run. It hurts too much -- my lower back (sciatic nerve issues), and my belly just can't take it.

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What You Should and Should Not Say to a Pregnant Lady

What You Should and Should Not Say to a Pregnant Lady
  • "How much do you weigh?" - This is never an appropriate question to ask any woman ever, but much less a pregnant woman who is already freaking out about the number she sees on the scale (whether high or low or right on track).
  • "Are you still pregnant?" - VERY dangerous question, even if asked as a joke. What if the answer was no?!
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Baby McGahen: 31 Weeks

Baby McGahen: 31 Weeks

Status: I am very tired of being pregnant. 40 weeks is an eternity. I feel like I've been pregnant for an entire year already. I'm at the point where tying my shoes feels like it should be an Olympic event and when I drop things on the ground, sometimes I just leave them there because it's not worth it to try to pick it back up. I also feel like I'm forgetting what my body normally looks like. 

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