Me too, just moved here so I thought I would say hi! Kinda weird huh! :D
RE: Thyroid issues & pregnancy, weight gain, gestational diabetes, and crazy flaky doctors......
I read your post and laughed at the end when you said you went to Chick-Fil-A. Amen sister! We have some things in common!
I too have no thyroid. Mine was removed because I was misdiagnosed with thyroid cancer two years ago. I was already big then (around 200lbs.) I take Cytomel and Synthroid now since having no thyroid and neither has allowed me to lose weight, however, my levels are where they are supposed to be and as anyone with a thyroid problem will tell you, just getting the right levels is such a relief.
I have had to deal with a flaky endocrinologist and a crazy OBGYN during my pregnancy. My flaky endocrinologist has canceled appts repeatedly over this whole year because she goes to conferences, overbooks, etc. I have not seen her since MARCH. I am due with my baby next month NOVEMBER. Her office seemed unconcerned and irritated when I would complain about not getting an appt in so long. They told me that it'd be nice if I could just relax and be flexible. SERIOUSLY.
I have tried to see three other endocrinologists in my area (Houston) and they are all like this. Flaky, overbooked, and don't really spend a whole lot of time with you AND at each new endo, it is a mandatory 2 HOUR wait after your appt time to see the dr. They all overbook. It is so frustrating that I just want to give up.
So when my OBGYN said she would monitor my thyroid issues, I happily accepted her offer. I know it meant that I will have to still get a new endo in Dec, but in the meantime, at least SOMEONE cared about my health.
Then the ball dropped. My OBGYN started becoming crazy. The first problem was she waited and told me in July (when I was 5 months pregnant-and finally showing)- that she too was pregnant and due 1 month before me! She only told me because she walked into the appt, very obviously pregnant with a belly. I was happy for her but frustrated again.. why didn't she tell me earlier?
She told me she also probably won't be delivering my baby and she hoped that I would be ok working with whichever associate in her office could see me in my last month. I said "sure" but now in my last month of pregnancy are dealing with overbooked associates of hers who won't/can't fit me in. ARGH!!!!! It's so scary not having an OBGYN to work with and knowing who will be delivering my daughter. I can't even get in for my weekly appts.. on Monday I am going to have to call their office and force someone to see me.
Next, two months ago, my OBGYN decided because I gained so much weight (I've gained 50 lbs now.. all in the last 5 months) and because I tested "borderline" on the glucose test for gestational diabetes that I needed to get a glucose monitor, the expensive test strips, and all the accessories (my insurance covered 0 of it) and that I need to test my blood sugar FOUR times a day.
I did this, grudgingly, and my blood sugar is NORMAL. There has only been three high readings in two months. I expected crazy OBGYN to admit she was wrong and tell me to stop.
Oh no, she just added INSULIN to my regimen. I have to inject insulin at 9:30 every night with a snack and SET MY ALARM to wake up at 2am for a FIFTH blood sugar test for the day. I am BEYOND pissed off. I cannot argue with her or not do it because I'm seen as "not caring about my baby" and should something go wrong, I don't want anyone saying I didn't do what I was supposed to. Of course now crazy OBGYN is on maternity leave and I'm stuck with no OBGYN. no endo, and UNREASONABLE gestational diabetes treatment. I just went to the insulin injection meeting at the hospital so I could learn how to inject and the nurses stressed again "watch what I eat, no fast food, no diet soda, etc." Just what I wanted... to be pregnant and on a DIET.
I left and picked up Sonic. Screw them. One Sonic meal isn't going to kill me or the baby. Thanks for letting me vent. :evil:
Oh and here are my pics. I am now at 35 weeks pregnant but these are the most recent pics I have from 7 1/2 months pregnant to 8 months pregnant.
Picture #1: Me on the left.
Picture #2: Once again, me on left.. (me at 7 mos preg, Janell at 9 months preg.)
Picture #4: Me and my husband at the co-ed baby shower. I was 8 months along here.
PS. I have gotten maternity clothes at Target and Motherhood Maternity, but my favorite maternity clothes (and most of what is pictured here) are from Ross, Marshalls and TJ Maxx... I fit their babydoll-ish tops in sizes 2X and 3X and not only are they cheap, they're different and stylish!
Aiemzee wrote: RE: Thyroid issues & pregnancy, weight gain, gestational diabetes, and crazy flaky doctors...... ... [snip!] ... I left and picked up Sonic. Screw them. One Sonic meal isn't going to kill me or the baby. Thanks for letting me vent. :evil:
Oh yes... Sonic will be my stop NEXT week. I will pick up exactly ONE large cheese tot and one large stawberry slush.
I have decided that from now on I'm only working with people that my primary doctor recommends. No more calling the Kaiser Permanete hotline and just letting them pick the person. You guys don't even want to know what happened with this woman on my first checkup...
I feel like if I want something good to eat, and its not in excess, then I can have it. I don't eat junk typically, but I am over this diet she has had me on of boiled chicken with no salt (I use lemon pepper though which tastes kinda like salt) or Grilled salmon and cottage cheese with a choice of broccoli, cauliflower or aspargus as a side. Now I love all of those things, but NOT ALL DAY EVERY DAY.
I'm movin on, and my weight can just move on with me :)
Aiemzee wrote: Oh and here are my pics. I am now at 35 weeks pregnant but these are the most recent pics I have from ... [snip!] ... and TJ Maxx... I fit their babydoll-ish tops in sizes 2X and 3X and not only are they cheap, they're different and stylish!
awe! TOO CUTE!
MommyMeri wrote: Thank you guys soooo much! I am really beginning to question this woman. I think she might be nuts. She ... [snip!] ... wrap kept it full and soothed and the fruit helped bring my sugar level to a far more acceptable 88.Thought you should know :)
With that, I hung up the phone, drove my a*s to Chic-Fil-A and got a wrap a small fruit cup and ONE REGULAR NON DIET COCA COLA
Good for you that is what I would have done too. LOL. She sounds crazy!!!!!
I LOVE YOU GUYS!!
Thank God for plus size women with attitude!!
My midwife has not mentioned a word about my weight, I think I would have to smack her. I am 7 months along and have gained 20 pounds so far. I don't think that is too bad personally.
I understand about not having an OB. My midwife is leaving this next month and I just have to start seeing whoever is available for each visit. So I have no idea who will be attending my birth. I don't like that idea at all. You would think that these doctors would understand how stressful the thought of birth is for us and then having them add the unknown of who will be our doctor/midwife adds even more stress. Well at least for me it does.
I wish there was a chic-fil-a here. I ate there like 3 times when I was visiting my mom in Houston. It is so yummy!! And Sonic, sigh, that is an hour drive from here. I am stuck with the usual burger joints, however I do love Taco Del Mar. Yummmmm!!
It has a lot of good relavent information. I know it put my mind at rest with the "Am I healthy enough for a pregnancy". There's also a list of size friendly providers which can be added to if you have a size friendly healthcare provider.
There's a cool thing that I am planning to print out and take with me to appointments (changing the text from just size friendly midwife to size friendly health professional)
I will hand it to any health professional who deems me unhealthy to be carrying a child at my size.
HAY! I'm also plus sized and pregnant! I weighed somewhere around 210 before I got pregnant, and I currently weigh 260 at 37 weeks tomorrow. Unfortunately, my midwife put me on a VERY strict diet, I'm not allowed to drink anything other than one cup of skim milk a day and the rest being plain water, and I'm only allowed chicken for meats and so on so forth, it's rediculous. Thankfully I consulted a doctor about it, and he told me not to go to that extreme, just to cut back on my sugar intake a little bit. I've got a few medical concerns, they think I might have Pregnancy Hypertension, and I'm borderline with gestational diabetes, but doing pretty good for that haha.
Anyways, it's so time for bed:)
Admittedly I'm only in the 11th week but so far this has been working, yeh some days it takes me over an hour to decide what I want for dinner but so what? Your body knows how to be pregnant, it knows what you need. You just need to listen closely to see what it needs.
I'm not little either think I worked out my weight to be around 280Lb at the start ofthe pregnancy, I'm not allowed to use the scales as it will "trigger negative body image and thinking". I also have a heap of increased risks that are realistic that my midwife has warned me of. My mum had Gest diabetes when she carried me, both parents had diabetes, I have asthma, several allergies as well as scores of other things. I think too many midwives and doctors use scare tactics on plus size women. Especially when they are pregnant and can be more vunerable at the time due to hormones.
Edit: And Pokkadots - make sure that they are using the right size cuff on your arm for your BP, too small can give an incorrectly high reading
Blackriven wrote: I got told by both my midwife and a naturopath that I should eat what I feel like eating. Now that's ... [snip!] ... - make sure that they are using the right size cuff on your arm for your BP, too small can give an incorrectly high reading
Black riven, I agree. I'm going to Olive Garden tonight for my anniversary and I can't wait for my big ol' plate o' pasta. :)
My blood pressure has always been very good. I'm super lucky in that. I got my grandmother's genes in that area.
:) So tomorrow I see my PCP and she and I will pick out a new OB together :)