Once again, I’m getting to this post a day after it was really due, but, you know, que sera. 27 weeks is either the first week of the 3rd trimester or the last week of the 2nd trimester, depending on what kind of pregnancy math you like to do. Either way, the end of this pregnancy is looming so close while still feeling so far away. My emotions have been going through peaks and valleys this week, which, let’s be honest, is normal even when you’re not pregnant, so I really can’t complain.

Babyface at 27 Weeks:

This was another week without an ultrasound, which was weird for me. Babyface is definitely still healthy in there. She likes to kick, especially when GS and I are playing video games, and last night she actually kicked so hard that it knocked my controller off my belly. Stubborn as she is, however, she still won’t kick for anyone else. GS has to be feather-light with his touch on my stomach, and crazy patient, to feel her move, and I tried to let mom get a feel at Sunday dinner but Babyface wouldn’t do squat for her. According to the interwebs, 27 weeks puts my baby right around 2 pounds and her brain is rapidly growing. That’s about all I’ve found—I feel like we’re at the stage where all the important stuff (eyes/nose/etc) exists and is where it’s supposed to be, so at this point we’re mostly just waiting for her to put some pounds on before the big day.

Momma at 27 Weeks:

 The biggest Momma update of the week is that I have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. I’m working to see this as a blessing—a way to force me to eat healthier for me and Babyface both. GS, in turn, put an alarm on his phone so that we remember to go for a walk each night. Other than the GD diagnosis, my symptoms are pretty much a litany of aches and pains: Cramps in my abdomen, back aches, leg cramps that wake me up in the middle of the night, etc. I’m tired, pretty much all the time. I’ve also developed a rash on my forearm that is driving me bonkers. We go to see the OB this week so I’m definitely going to ask about that.

Daddy at 27 Weeks:

 He’ll tell you he’s not, but GS has been a giant grump for days. I don’t blame him. This pregnancy has been hard on both of us, and I think he’s just getting to a point where he’s tired. We are both ready for Babyface to make an appearance, so the next couple of months are going to be soooo fun. And though he hasn’t said as much, I can tell GS has also started to stress himself out about our finances. I’m actually the one who pays the bills in our house, so I know we’re fine and feel good about them, but I think he’s starting to realize how much the price of baby gear adds up.

Nesting at 27 Weeks:

 GS and I beat two video games this weekend if that tells you how much we’ve been paying attention to the house. However, GS did get further with the nursery, and it’s almost completed (he thinks he’ll finish painting this weekend—we’ll see if he’s right!). Meanwhile, I created a preliminary birth plan and plowed my way through both On Becoming Baby Wise and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.

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6 Replies to “Pregnancy Update: 27 Weeks”

  1. Ooo…I had GD with my second. It’s hard…not to freak you out. I’m a stranger, but feel free to contact me if you need to vent about it. But, something that took me a LONG time to figure out. I hope it’s helpful to you. They say “diet controlled,” but that’s not really accurate. Surely you need to eat well or your levels can/will get crazy. BUT, even if you eat perfectly (which I pretty much was for the duration), your levels can STILL get crazy. For example, things like beans and hummus were worse than a potato or pasta (which were also bad for my system), which is nuts. So, just know that. Do the best you can, but understand you can’t really control it. Basically, you are superimposing diet and exercise…maybe insulin or whatever to offset what your placenta is doing. I didn’t realize that until the end, and it was making me MISERABLE. Also, know that you aren’t crazy for it feeling hard. It’s a lot when you won’t feel like putting in the effort. It isn’t like regular Diabetes, but everyone will offer advice to you as though it is. Finally, know it will end, and you will get through it. Seriously, if it starts to be a drag for you, contact me. A friend going through it for the second time while I experienced for the first kept me sane.

    1. I wrote about it on my blog a couple of times as I experienced it, and a GD piece was my first publication…if you are interested. You aren’t obligated or anything, but I had a terrible time finding helpful stuff about it. So on the off chance you want to read about someone having trouble with the news of GD, then my work is for you!

      1. Hey! I actually read that piece on GD the day that I found out that I had GD. I was 3/4 of the way through writing a reply and then realized that the post was really freaking old and that you probably didn’t care about “Solidarity, Sister!” anymore. But, like… yeah. It’s been crappy. I was telling a friend of mine that I feel guilty all the time, because of COURSE I’m so blessed to have Babyface on the way, so complaining about anything feels like a waste of energy. But I also was not expecting pregnancy to be sooo hard. The GD seems like a cherry on top of a sundae of pregnancy struggles I wasn’t ready for.

        The doctors are sending me for a consult, but the people they’re sending me to can’t get me in for 3 weeks-1 month. So in the meantime, I’m trying to “diet control” without any way to test my blood sugar or know what’s working vs what’s not working. So… that’s frustrating too.

        BUT. As you said. This will pass. I’ll have a beautiful, stubborn little baby girl at the end of all of this, and I’ll be stronger for it.

        Thanks for the words of encouragement, and happy posting 🙂

      2. That’s hilarious. I don’t really promote my stuff, so it’s funny when people come to it on their own.

        I can’t remember the week, but I think it’s like 30 or something when things suddenly start to get crazy with the levels. I think peak is around 35. So, until that time, I wouldn’t sweat things too much. There will be a point when you are doing everything right, and everything with your sugars…isn’t, and people don’t really get how taxing it is. It isn’t you. It’s quite hard, and the remaining part of the pregnancy just gets grueling. It doesn’t matter how blessed you are, pregnancy sucks. I tell people that pregnancy is a means to an end. You want a child, not a pregnancy; so it’s totally reasonable to complain about the process. I can’t stand pregnancy. It’s very uncomfortable and I mostly can’t breathe throughout…in addition to everything else, like GD. BUT, I love my children, so it’s worth it…eventually. 😉 And, as miserable as my pregnancies usually are, and as horrible as it’s been to keep losing pregnancies, I still want a third. So, I give you permission to complain and hate the experience. Certainly, there are cool bits, but growing a human is hard…very hard. And, spoiler alert, the first three months after your daughter is born is hard too…for everyone. I hope you fall in love immediately, but you might not. And, that’s normal too. I happened to fall in love immediately with both, and I STILL regretted having a baby at least once a day. 😉 It’s part of it. My unsolicited advice is start looking for as many new mom groups as you can now. After you deliver it will be hard to organize that kind of thing. Finding other moms going through what I was when I was made ALL the difference. I went to so many before I found a good several people with whom still talk me away from the proverbial ledge on a regular basis, and I do for them as well.

      3. I think you had commented on one of my other posts last week, so I clicked through to see who you were (because I’m so new to the blogging world I get impossibly excited when anyone sneezes at me).

        It’s good to hear that sucking at being pregnant doesn’t mean the rest of it is going to suck… I felt like I was “SO READY” to be a mom, and then this has been hard and I’m like “how much have I been deluding myself? Maybe I’ll be a terrible mom…” Which… I’m sure is part hormones, but I get into this loop where the more I hate the pregnancy the more I’m like, “and you’re going to get post-partum, and you’re going to be the world’s worst mom to this kid.”

        But… it’s a change. It’s a process.

        Good advice about the new moms’ groups, thanks. 🙂 I did join a forum online that’s all new moms in the area, and that’s already been a huge help–hearing other people with the same fears as me, etc.

      4. Online support is good…any support is good, but nothing takes the place of finding real people to interact with, but it can take a bit to find YOUR people. I’ve met some awesome people, but they weren’t MY people. It was especially helpful in those early days with my first when I wanted to rip my husband’s face off. Apparently, so did they… 😉

        You’ll be fine. And, even if you have postpartum issues, it doesn’t mean you are a terrible parent. It’s a legit medical issue that requires treatment, not a judgment on who you are as a person or parent. But, even when it’s great, it isn’t always…for anyone. Beware of the people who pretend that it is. For me I’ve learned my humanity from my kids, and I’m forever thankful for that.

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