Keeping it Real

I have read many blogs in my time and the majority of them are usually all about how wonderful things are.  I have only read a handful that have been brutally honest and candid about the writer's life.  When I decided to blog again, I knew that I wanted my blog to reflect how real I am.  I didn't want to sugar coat my life and interests to engage readers.  Anyone that knows me would say I am an open book.

With that said, I figured I would share my latest struggle, my struggle to get pregnant.  It's not just the "getting pregnant" part that is my only battle, it is also the steps to prepare myself and my body to get pregnant. 

Brief History
I have been living with Type 2 Diabetes for 9 years.  I have had many struggles with maintaining my blood sugars.  Three years ago I had mastered controlling my sugar levels and was taken off my medications, but my menstrual periods stopped.  After many tests with a specialist, I was told that I was not able to get pregnant without the help of In Vitro Fertalization (IVF).  I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovaries and had the amount of eggs of a 45 year old.  At that time, I had to get on a vigorous insulin and medication routine.  At the end of March 2011, I received the green light from my doctor to try to get pregnant.  My husband and I agreed that if I didn't get pregnant before August we would go the IVF route.  On May 8, 2011, Mother's Day, I found out I was pregnant with our son Jackson.

Today's Struggle
My husband and I are ready to see if it is in God's plan to have another child without the help of IVF.  Before we can start trying, two things need to happen:
  1. I want to lose 15-20 pounds.  During my last pregnancy, I only gained 17 pounds because I really watched what I ate and stayed active.  I gave birth to our son at 35 weeks and I remember that I was so uncomfortable with only gaining 17 pounds.  I am currently back at my pre-pregnancy weight.  I hope that losing 15-20 pounds before I get pregnant again will help me feel a little less like a whale at the end of the pregnancy.
  2. I NEED to get my A1C levels down to a 7 or below.  The A1C tests the average blood sugar levels over a 3 month period.  My perinatolgist wants it below a 7 in order to lower the chances of birth defects.  My current A1C is 8.6.  My blood sugars have dramatically dropped since that last test because my perinatologist made some major adjustments to my medications.  I also incorporated walking on the treadmill in the morning PLUS a Barre3 workout 3-4 times a week.  I have another appointment in the middle of February for him to check out my progress.
So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, now you know what I am currently dealing with.  You will probably notice that most of my posts will be about this subject for a while but hoping the it won't be for too long!


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