Well, I had another OB appointment this morning. He did some more extensive iron/blood tests to figure out exactly what we are dealing with and the best course of action. As I mentioned before, they want my iron to be between 35-155 and mine was <5. At least I know the cause of my extreme fatigue. The other day, I was playing hide and seek with Olivia and I fell asleep while counting to 10!! Next thing I know, Olivia is asking me why I didn’t come look for her. Wow, I really felt like a mommy failure at that moment. Right now I’m just on an oral iron supplement in addition to my prenatal vitamin. In two weeks, I start weekly biophysical profile ultrasounds. That will determine how well the baby is doing in the womb. Hopefully, she’ll get high scores and can stay in until 38 weeks. I worry about how she is doing, however, with my high blood sugars and low iron. My endocrinologist keeps raising my insulin doses, but comparatively my dosage is still pretty low. It seems once we get out of the extreme prematurity danger zone, a whole new set of concerns pop up. But, I’m still trying to take it day by day. At least my blood pressure has remained perfect. I sure don’t feel very perfect these days. . .
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
I thought you’d enjoy to see a few of my maternity pictures. They turned out really good. My friend, Julie, from high school took them and is starting her own photography business called Blue Eyed Photography.
Can you tell we were huddled for warmth? It was 48 degrees, windy and rainy that day. LOL!
Monday, October 8, 2012
Last Friday I became desperate and went to my family doctor for relief for my restless legs. They have become so bad in pregnancy that I could not sleep. And those that have suffered with this know that the more tired you get, the worse they become which prevents you from sleeping which causes you to get more tired, etc. And the vicious cycle continues. Anyway, so my doctor did a complete blood count and also checked my iron levels. I found out today that I’m extremely iron deficient. They want my levels to be at least 35 and mine were less than 5. Iron deficiency is not only linked to fatigue, but to restless legs as well. I started on an iron supplement, which hopefully will raise my levels. The frustrating thing is that I’ve been on a prescription prenatal vitamin with iron (and have never gone a day without it.) So, I can’t figure out why my iron is so low! But, hoping to find some relief soon!!
Olivia has been fighting some sort of virus the last few days. Less than a week after her stomach bug, she started complaining of a sore throat and running a low grade fever. Some days she is fine, other days she isn’t quite herself. For instance, on Sunday she took a nap and when she woke up, she found me in the living room, crawled into my lap and fell back asleep. Sooo not like Olivia!
And Ryan is finally getting over his illness. I’m just ready for everyone to start feeling better! It’s been a rough week!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Current size of baby: 2.5 - 3 lbs
How far along? 29 Weeks
Total weight gain 28 lbs
Inches Gained: 7 inches
Maternity clothes? Yes
Sleep: Not good. I had to go to the doctor this past week because my restless legs were literally keeping me from getting ANY sleep. I slept from 6 am – 8 am one night because of it. Also found out from my husband that when I am sleeping, I’m snoring. . .badly. Pregnancy is so glamorous. LOL!
How I'm feeling: At least I’ve stayed healthy. My daughter is on her second illness of the week (stomach flu and now congested, sore throat, fever) and my husband is just getting over his week long illness.
Best moment this week: Maternity/family pictures even though it was 48 degrees, windy and rainy. I’m excited to get them and share them with you!
Food cravings: Anything and everything, unfortunately.
Food aversions: None
Gender: Girl named Abigail
Labor Signs: NO
Belly Button in or out? out
What I miss: Being able to sit or lay in any position. And being able to get up from those positions.
What I am looking forward to: 30 weeks! That’s our first huge milestone. Next up, 34 weeks!