“HOMESTRETCH!” I yell at the top of my lungs after finally reaching the 9-month, full term stage of my pregnancy.
This pregnancy, number 3, has been the roughest. You would think I would have been an expert by now, but the words that describe my journey are… overwhelmed, jubilant, exhausted, invigorated, over-it, apprehension and eagerness. I fall within that 10% population of women who have gestational diabetes. Despite having multiple pregnancies with the same high-risk factor, each pregnancy have brought on its own new discoveries, challenges and adventures. I am fortunate enough not to have ever needed insulin. However, I still follow a strict controlled diet, test my sugar 4 times a day and urinate on a strip each morning.
I have to admit, with my extremely busy schedule I did not initially follow everything I was supposed to do consistently and religiously. It wasn’t until the third trimester that the threat of giving birth to a gigantic baby scared me into compliance. Other risks also include high blood pressure, preeclampsia and a greater chance of having a C-section. These are the 3 things that helped me during my multiple gestational diabetic pregnancies… read more at Reader's Legacy.
Originally published in Reader's Legacy