I'm over 37 weeks along now, and I had another appointment this morning. Everything looks just fine, and the doctor was very happy with my blood sugar numbers. She did surprise me, however, by saying that well-controlled gestational diabetes is the same as not having diabetes at all, so they aren't planning to induce me or anything before 40 weeks (my official due date is Nov. 28). This was a surprise, because with Faith, they did not want me to go past 40 weeks at all, even though everything was well-controlled then too.
It wouldn't really matter, except for a couple of things. First, I have big babies. I did not have GD with Caleb and Jonathan, and they were 9# 5oz and 9# 6oz respectively. So I am expecting at least a 9 pounder here. Anna and Grace were not GD babies, and they were 8# 11oz and 8#13 oz, and Faith, who was a GD baby, was 8# 10oz--right in line with the other girls' weights. Anyhow, all those numbers to say I am not interested in going much over 40 weeks!
Second, my due date is just terrible timing, really. You may not remember what I was posting about last year at the end of November/beginning of December, but I have personal reasons for not wanting to deliver Nov. 26-30. So in my mind, I have been thinking of my due date as more "right after Thanksgiving", and not that in last week of November. But really, with Thanksgiving there is no way to schedule anything except that last week of November, and I really don't want to go into December, for fear of having another big baby. Nine pounders are one thing, but Micah was 10# 8oz--and I definitely do not fancy pushing out another one his size again!!
I have another appointment next Friday. The doctor today said they would do an exam and see what things were looking like at that point, although I'm not seeing her next week, so really who knows what this next person will do, LOL. Then I am going to attempt to schedule another appointment like the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, although it is tricky to schedule one so soon, since I have to see a doctor, not a nurse-prationer or midwife, and appointments fill up quickly. If I could, though, that woul give me one more exam (and hopefully a membrane-stripping), and if I was dilated, then maybe Bob and I would go into L&D sometime Thanksgiving weekend, like we did with Micah, and if they weren't busy, they would probably give me a little bit of pit and put me into active labor. So we'll see how all that works out.
The thing is, I really don't have any hope of going into labor on my own, much less early. I did go into labor on my own with Faith 2 days before the scheduled induction at 40 weeks (and we barely made it to the hospital), but otherwise, the last person I went into labor with on my own was Caleb, #3. Jonathan, #4, was 2 weeks overdue before I was induced with him! There are no tricks that put me into labor, LOL. And my water NEVER breaks on its own!
So I am just continuing my routine and hoping for the best. I'm still exercising twice a day most days, which takes a huge chunk of time and makes me really tired. I do one of my pregnancy workout videos in the morning, and usually Bob and I take a 40 minute walk after dinner. All the exercise does keep my blood sugar numbers low, I've only gained a pound of weight in the last 8 weeks since I was diagnosed, and I sleep well and don't struggle with constipation, LOL. Silver lining . . . I have a chiropractic appointment scheduled for next Wednesday--I want to be well-aligned so the baby can be in a good position. I'm also taking my daily regimen of supplements. I'm up to 4 evening primrose oil capsules a day (promotes cervical softening and dilation), 6 raspberry leaf extract capsules (uterine toning and effective contractions), 4 alfalfa pills (prevents hemorrhaging), and the usual prenatal vitamin and fish oil pills. Hopefully the evening primrose oil in particular will be effective.
In general, I feel pretty good, although I am starting to feel these last few weeks of pregnancy. But to be honest, I'm so busy with co-op and everything else, that it's not like I have time to sit and stew in my discomfort, LOL. We have one more week of Rivendell before Thanksgiving break, so I just have to get through the classes on Tuesday, plus lab on Thursday, and then I'll be home free!! And this past weekend, we really picked up, in part because of the moms' meeting I hosted on Sunday, but also because Wednesday afternoon a lady from church, along with 2 helpers, thoroughly cleaned our house! It looks sooo good--they did such a fantastic job! Now I feel like I can really relax, since everything is so clean, although it will be a struggle to maintain it, with all these little (and big) messmakers around. I also got out the baby boy clothes. We're closer to being ready!