Thursday, April 02, 2015

31 week appointment

Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

My BMI is "low" for my height. It always has been. Like, since day one of my life.

Because of this I was told to eat a lot and to "conserve energy" so that I can put on more than the 26 pounds I gained with each of the girls. They asked me to shoot for more like forty pounds.

I think this is dumb because my girls were both over 7 pounds at birth, so...just fine. Also this number sounded astronomically high to me considering my starting weight. Like, just put on 40% of your body weight in nine months. Easy, peasy.

Because I'm at risk for preterm labour I'm not supposed to do any "rigorous" exercise, nor am I supposed to lift anything over 20 pounds, including Benjamin.

I'm now diabetic so I've been put on a special diet. I have to eat x-number of carbs and x-number of proteins at any given meal or snack. I have to eat six times a day. I have to space my meals beautifully so that I can test my blood sugar correctly. I can't eat anything beyond what I eat with my meals/snacks. I have to exercise after each meal.

I lost weight with this last weigh in. Tsk, tsk.

But a few of my glucose numbers were a little high, so the doctor told me to increase the amount of exercise I was doing after each meal...but without increasing the amount of food I'm consuming.

Oh, and I'm supposed to gain weight for my next appointment.

Please tell me how that is supposed to work.

But, the baby seems healthy and I seem healthy. I have a "growth scan" scheduled in two weeks just to make sure the baby isn't the size of an elephant (which I doubt is the case).

Now I'm off to do my post-meal exercise...because all I do is eat, exercise, check my blood sugar, and eat again. I can do this for the next two months.

PS. Zoë, you can come next month. Not like, May 1. That's too soon. But you don't have to wait until June 2, that's all I'm saying.


  1. Oh, Nancy. I am so sorry, Sorry for your wonked up genetics, although my parents and grandparents will have to take some of the blame for that, too!

  2. Oh, that is an interesting conundrum! Bodies just do what they do, don't they? The sad thing is that mine gains 50% of my body weight during pregnancy no problem, no matter what. Sorry I can't give some of that ability to you. :)

  3. Are these all different people telling you to do these different things? I ask because how on earth could one person not realize that gaining weight while eating the same amount and exercising more is not likely to happen?? Ugh, I'm so sorry you're having to deal with that.

  4. Like Erin, I'm wondering what the doctors say when you point out this paradox to them.

  5. I'm a living, breathing paradox, that's all. They were aware of it from the get-go, saying that I was supposed to gain as much weight as I could in the beginning by cutting exercise and adding calories and then we'd reevaluate when I was hit with gestational diabetes.

    I just have to do my best with everything—good numbers AND weight gain AND resting AND exercising. It kind of makes my head want to explode but I'm starting to get used to it. There are only fifty days until my due date and even though it's complicated I can do it for fifty more days.