Friday, September 4, 2009

Eggplants, Schmegplants....7 months!!

The people that play this little fruit/veggie game are on my last nerve. Sophie is an eggplant AGAIN!

Baby's lungs are going through some major developments these days, which (combined with the opening of previously plugged nostrils) means he's now able to practice inhaling and exhaling. The lack of air in your womb means every "breath" is filled with amniotic fluid, but hey -- it's progress.

I passed the gestational diabetes test!!! I was most definately worried, since I've been craving sweets like there is no tomorrow. I do, however, have low iron, so Dr. S has put me on a iron supplment. No biggie. I'll take that over a diet anyday.

Hard to believe that yesterday was officially 7 months pregnant. Truly doesn't seem possibly. I *think* next week=third tri...which is EXTREMELY hard to believe.

All is going well...nothing particularly neurotic to mention today. I am debating the H1N1 vaccine. That's my new research obsession. I'm not one to do something just b/c my dr says. I need to research a bit and form my own opinion. I did ask Dr. S on Monday what her opinion was of the vaccine and she quickly said "the CDC is recommending it" and then changed the subject. If she has an opinion, she obviously didn't want to share. Dan had a dr appt on Wed. I asked his opinion as well. He gave me a bit more insight and we talked about the fact that they are conducting clinical trials on pregnant women now, although the results may or may not be ready by the time the vaccine is released. He did say that his wife (OB maybe), had a pregnant patient with H1N1 whose baby was delivered early and then didn't make it. That made my ears perk up, although I have no idea how far along she was when she gave birth. He did reiterate what I've heard, which is that pregnant women who contract the virus have a much harder time fighting it off. Food for thought...


Heidi said...

I can corroborate some of what you've heard about pregnant women and H1N1. We had several cases last spring, although all the cases I saw were, unlike the scenario you describe, maternal-lethal. They were usually fetal-lethal, too, but that frequently had to do with gestational age at the time of the mother's death. I believe there was at least one case where the baby was close to term and survived but the mother did not.

That said, I'm still talking about a HANDFUL of cases in a city of 8.5 million people. Also, I never see any cases where pregnant women contract it and recover fine (as the VAST majority do), since obviously they don't end up at the morgue.

As long as your docs feel it's safe and effective, I do think vaccination's probably a good idea. But I don't know much about the H1N1 vaccine, and of course the last time I got the flu vaccine I ended up getting knocked on my ass when I contracted a different influenza strain anyway. So I may not be the best source of vaccination advice. :)

Fran said...

Mmmhh...I don't know much about the H1N1 vaccine either so I can't really help. Like Heidi said it may be a good idea, here in Ireland it's also recommended for pregnant women.
Well done on the gestational diabetes! They say that when you are expecting a girl you do crave for sweets much more than with a boy.
Looking forward to seeing your next pics, Fran

Jacqueline said...

I am newly pregnant and have to admit that I love the fruit/vegetable comparisons! Please share your source. I am also concerned re the H1NI vaccine and am currently searching for a mercury free regular flu vaccine.