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Monday, April 16, 2012

30 Weeks

     Well, today marks 30 weeks. It's so hard to believe that in 10 weeks our little angel, Ava, will be here. Last time I posted I was almost 26 weeks. Let's see what all has been going on since then...At 28 weeks I had my 1 hour glucose test and failed, which I was bummed about but figured I had the 3 hour to pass so no biggie. Let's just say the 3 hour did not work out in my favor either. I got the official gestational diabetes diagnosis the day I was leaving for the beach. I did not handle the news very well, especially since diabetes does not run in my family, I have exercised throughout my whole pregnancy, overall I've watched what I've eaten and I've had little weight gain. My initial thought was...THIS IS NOT FAIR! I did a lot of crying, a lot of asking "why me?," a lot of researching, met with my dietician and since then I have accepted that I can not change this diagnosis so I will do my best to manage my gestational diabetes.

     I would be lying if I said that watching my carbs has been easy but I think after almost a week of carb counting and checking my sugars I am starting to get the hang of all this. The good news is my blood sugars have been within acceptable range 99.8% of the time so I am hoping and praying that with more diet and exercise I will be able to continue to mange my GD.  One perk of GD, is close monitoring of Ava, so we will start weekly unltrasounds next Monday! : ) I'm not going to complain about that!  Other than this bump in the road, I continue to LOVE everything about my pregnancy.

     Last week, we had our 3D ultrasound of little Ava and it was amazing! She looked so sweet. From what we can tell she has her mommy's nose, lips and chin. She opened her eyes several times during the 3D and she also stuck out her toungue a lot! She is still breech, with her head facing up directly under my belly button, her legs are still thrown over her head and her hands are curled up under her legs. The doctor is not worried about her being breech. She should turn, if not, I will have a c-section.

Ava is 2 lbs 15 oz, which places her in the 53%. Her heart rate was 147.

Ava is talented. That is her foot near her head!

Sweet hand near her face

Her little nose is smushed in this pic...he he!

We were very pleased with our 3D ultrasound pics!

Onto the growing bump! Up until 28 weeks, I had gained 16 pounds. Now that I am on a low carb diet, I have actually lost weight. I am up 14 pounds so far. If I had to guess, I think my weight gain from here until the end  of my pregnancy will be minimal! : ) Here are my 26-30 week bump pics.

26 weeks

27 weeks

28 weeks

29 weeks

30 weeks

30 weeks

I am starting to feel the effects of my growing belly. Ava and I tend to get in each other's way a lot these days. I feel like I have grown a ton just in the past 2-3 weeks. I am so thankful that I have made it to this point in my pregnancy with minimal aches and pains. I believe my hips are starting to spread and that Ava might have dropped because my lower back and hips have been bothering me at work. Hopefully this will go away! Since the beginning of my pregnancy I've always said I'd love to make it to 34 or 36 weeks before my body starts falling apart....I guess time will tell!

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