So I knew going into this pregnancy that there was a greater than normal risk my baby would be larger than the average. Genetics, hormones, etc.
I was fully expecting a 10lb baby. Preparing for it.
At my appointment the other day, at 28w+6d, my high risk ob tells me this child is 4.5 lbs already and if his growth doesn’t slow down a bit, we’ll be looking at an 11 lb baby. And of course I’m concerned about induction, although she didn’t mention that yet. (I have had that mama sense that he’ll arrive a bit earlier than planned however…) She also said I have a lot of fluid, but to drink more water (ehh, what?) but didn’t seem too concerned about that. Just to get my blood sugars down lower. Lady, I have a 5.2 a1c, I told her.
His heart & kidneys and everything have been checked and all is fine. My regular midwife is not concerned. My doula swears I need to lay off the dairy and he’ll quite gaining as much weight.
I live on dairy. I was actually eating MORE dairy last year when I was doing keto and starting to lose weight. Except ice cream. Ice cream does, for a fact, make me gain weight - the sugar and calories. So I know it can affect the baby differently than myself…but here’s my thought: my blood sugars are still running low, I drink a lot of juice boxes to help keep them up. My endo and I tweak my basal and bolus rates EVERY WEEK but I still have nights like last night where I can’t get above 60 until I’ve drunk a total of 3 juiceboxes at 25g each, and reduced my basal by 75% for a few hours. That is a LOT of juice! And a LOT LESS sleep with Dexcom going off every 15 minutes.
I feel like the extra calories and fructose in the juice are more of what’s contributing to his weight gain than the dairy I eat, but I don’t know how to fix that or test the theory. Glucose tabs have traditionally not worked as quickly for me, which is why I switched to juice boxes. I’ve tried to lower my dairy intake…but literally have no idea what to eat now.
My endo is more concerned with me being high still, and I know I can get better at bolusing 20 minutes before I eat. Still working on that. But it’s so hard to figure out when I’m already dropping LOW when I sit down to bolus for a meal.
I guess I’m just frustrated and wondering at other diabetic mamas thoughts on this whole thing.