Thursday, June 4, 2009

34 Weeks Update

I did it!  Made it safely to 34 weeks (where's my prize?).  At 34 weeks the babies' lungs are well developed, this is true even for singleton pregnancies.   Going into early labor at this point, while not ideal, would be okay because the babies have a good chance of survival outside of the womb.  

Things are getting a little crowded in the belly, lots of movement.  I have an appointment with the Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist tomorrow.  I'm not sure if they will do a growth scan.  These babies feel like they are 5 lbs. each, which would be good weights for this stage of the game.

The nursery is a slow work in progress.  Hopefully we can have it finished by the end of the weekend.  We just received two mattresses in the mail today!  I think we now have all the major items (a truly wonderful feeling for this ruffle-feathered mama).

Since being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I haven't gained any additional weight.  The diet is not difficult (just boring and annoying).  Imagine watching commercial after commercial for made-from-scratch biscuits (darn you McDonald's), or soup/salad and bread stick lunches for only $6.99 with your beautiful and perfectly teeth- whitened friends (thanks, Olive Garden); yet knowing you can't run off and enjoy these cravings.  

Rational Emily (does she still exists?) understands the pros of not gaining too much pregnancy weight . . . shedding the pounds post delivery should be easier.  She also understands this is temporary; once the babies come I can binge on high-fat ice cream, greasy pizza and artery clogging cheeseburgers.  However, highly-hormonal, sleep-deprived, chronically-fatigued, uncomfortably-pregnant Emily just wants to eat an entire chocolate cake without potentially damaging her babies (simple request, really).

Don't get me wrong, I can go out to eat.  In fact we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary on Monday (a very low key affair).  I wanted to go out for dinner, which can be challenging when trying to monitor your total carb in-take.  I picked Outback due to their very helpful online diabetic nutritional guide.  

The main goal was to fit dessert into the meal.  I enjoyed a salad, lean steak, green beans and HOT FUDGE SUNDAE (using no sugar added, low fat ice cream, of course)!  My glucose reading was 121 two hours post dinner, the goal is 120 or less (not bad in my opinion).  

As we get closer to 37 weeks (considered full term for twins), I'll try and update more frequently for those curious about the approaching 'Big Reveal'.  

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