Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes.

I will never forget THAT appointment.  It was my first pregnancy and my first gestational diabetes test.  I arrived early, drank my “juice” (which by the way really isn’t that bad) and waited.  After an hour they tested and my blood sugar level and it was high.  After two hours it was still high.  I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes.  Walking into this appointment I thought I would be good for sure, it wasn’t hereditary (that I knew of) and I was pretty healthy over all but boy was I wrong.  I was crushed.  I couldn’t believe that this was actually happening to me and I was disappointed, worried and in shock.

The “Diet”

After talking to the dietitian and doing some research I learned how to eat correctly and a few facts that I didn’t know (I knew a little from being in the nursing program).  I decided that if I had gestational diabetes I was going to do my best to avoid insulin at all costs (I was already getting poked enough).  I stuck my finger four times a day, logged everything that I ate in my excel worksheet that I created and rocked it like a champ.  I was maxed out on Glyburide BUT I didn’t need insulin.  I had an appointment every week where I and my growing baby were monitored (baby’s movement and heart rate within a certain amount of time) .  Checking and poking on my belly was a constant task to make sure she was still moving because I was terrified that something was going to go wrong.  I was induced a week early but was still able to have a natural birth.  I ended up only gaining 14 pounds and I grew an 8 pound baby in the end.

How to log your food

I used an excel worksheet.  I would add my food right after I ate and logged my blood sugar level on there as well.  Before each appointment I printed off my excel worksheet.  You can find my  here: blood glucose and meal log 

I stayed under 225 grams of carbs daily and recorded my blood sugar levels before breakfast and after each meal.  I colored each blood sugar level that was high with red so it stood out.

Conclusion

Gestational diabetes is scary.  Gestational diabetes is hard to deal with.  Your fingers will hurt.  You will be exhausted, sick of logging everything that you put in your body, worried, scared and maybe even confused.  Cravings will need to be ignored (unless they are healthy) for the sake of your growing baby and yourself.  You will be determined and although it is hard you can do it!  I luckily didn’t have gestational diabetes with my second..  If I can do it then so can you!

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