For most of the pregnancy calendars I’ve looked at, this week ( number 27) marks the beginning of my third trimester… or either the last week of the second. I’m going with the first of the third because of simple math reasons (40/3=13.3, so TECHNICALLY 26w6d would be the shifting point). Either way, I’m now in what they call “the home stretch” and I’m very happy to be.
Don’t get me wrong, the ability to be pregnant and feel a little one moving around inside of you is pretty darn awesome. From her kicks and jabs to just simply rolling around, it all amazes me and makes me so excited to imagine what she looks like. But there have been a lot of differences with this one – mostly I’ve had a lot more pain throughout this pregnancy, and I’m ready for it to be over.
One thing that is not very different and knew would be coming on full force sometime soon was the lovely insulin resistance. It’s like I was telling a lady friend the other day who was talking about how she hates the monthly resistance that comes before the week of her period. Pregnancy is the same way, except it’s a cycle that lasts 9 months. The third trimester is like the third week of that month where insulin resistance hits and makes no sense but you have to roll with it – except it lasts for about 10 or so weeks and increases with vengeance. I think I made adjustments two or three times last week. And I’m already very close to being at twice the insulin intake that I was pre-pregnancy. I have to remind myself that I’m not doing anything wrong and that I’m not a bad or irresponsible diabetic – I just need more insulin. When I have to bolus and what would normally have been only 3 units, tops, is now close to 7, I have to mentally keep myself from feeling bad and just realize that it is what it is because of my current state of pregnancy.
Looking at the overall picture though, I’m doing very well with this pregnancy just as I did with my first, and that’s what I’m most thankful for. I’ve been bumped up to 2-week visits now and will start that lovely Fetal NST (non-stress testing) visits twice-weekly when I’m 30 weeks along. Yay. 🙂