September 09, 2003

Oh Sugar, Sugar

We had a visit with a diabetic counselor today to discuss Jean-Marie's blood sugar levels and another ultrasound to double-check the polyhydramnios diagnosis from Friday. Overall I would classify this as a good visit for several reasons:

  • The amount of amniotic fluid went down
  • We learned that Kate grew since Friday to 6 lbs, 10 oz
  • Overall Kate looks healthy
  • Jean-Marie's blood sugar levels were normal for the visit
We really worked ourselves into a tizzy over the weekend because we didn't know much about polyhydramnios and all the research we found made us assume worst-case scenarios. For our own stress levels, it worked out for the best that we didn't know the original Amniotic Fluid Index (AFI) last Friday -- it was 29cm (high) -- whereas today it dropped to 20cm (borderline). It's great that it dropped, but being borderline requires that it be closely monitored with frequent ultrasounds.

The blood sugar news was also good, but the inconvenient part of this process requires Jean-Marie check her blood sugar levels 4x per day and adjust her diet to avoid excess carbohydrates and sugars until Kate gets here.

We have another doctors appoint tomorrow (Wednesday) so we'll see where we stand with a potential due date. If you haven't already, there's still time to make your final guesses on Kate's arrival date... hopefully she will arrive sooner than later, we are ready to go!
Posted by Ken at September 9, 2003 08:59 PM
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We are all concerned and are now more satisfied to hear that Mother and Baby are being closely monitored. Jean-Marie is getting into the last weeks before the arrival of Baby Kate. This period is not generally an easy one for even the most normal pregnancies. Hang in there, together with the help of family and friends, you will get through this time with memories and stories to tell Missy Kate in the future. Posted by: Nana Carol at September 12, 2003 10:00 AM
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