Woo-wee, how has another week passed by so quickly? Here we go again with Kelly's 7QT:
Let's get the bad news out of the way first. I failed the Gestational Diabetes Test. I got off the phone with the doctor on Monday morning and bawled my eyes out to an unsuspecting coworker who happened to be walking by. Poor lady! I was so sad and angry to receive this diagnosis, mostly because it means a LOT of extra appointments and testing and ain't nobody got time for that.
After a couple hours, I calmed down and accepted it. I have gestational diabetes. That means it's only a temporary problem that should be fixed as soon as baby is born. It does increase my chances of having Type 2 diabetes at some point in my life, but hopefully through diet and exercise, I can avoid that. There are so many worse things in life, and so many terrible permanent medical situations, that this is really small potatoes. Make those sweet potatoes as they are healthier.
So what does it mean to get this diagnosis? Well, it's pretty common, 1 in 10 pregnant women have it. The biggest risk seems to be a big baby, so they will be doing a lot more ultrasounds to keep an eye on the baby's growth. I also have to go twice a week for non-stress tests, a 20 minute appointment where they hook the baby up to a monitor and make sure he's not in distress. I also had to meet with the endocrinologist and a nutritionist, and I have to prick my finger and test my blood sugar four times a day (once in morning, then an hour or two after each meal). If my numbers look good then I just keep on keeping on until they decided to induce, which is usually done at 39 weeks, latest. If I can't seem to get my blood sugar numbers in check with diet and exercise alone, then I'll need to add insulin.
So what's a healthy diet and exercise plan look like? Well I meet with the nutritionist later today, but from what I've been told by the endocrinologist and my research online, breakfast can have 15 grams of carbs, and lunch & dinner can have 30 grams of carbs. My snacks should be around 15 grams of carbs. I normally eat 30 grams of carbs for breakfast (protein shake with half a banana, peanut butter and spinach) and about 35 grams for lunch (half bagged salad mix and greek yogurt) so I have to adjust my protein shake ingredients (just leave out the half banana). My snacks are simple - small apple with string cheese, protein bar, cottage cheese. I need to be more cautious about dinner, as that is when I usually up my carbs because it's my big meal of the day, so I'm just relying on proteins and veggies with a small side of carbs. I never drink juice or soda, and I love water so that's been fine. I'm walking at least an hour a day, 6 times per week. I know eventually I'll crave a bowl of ice cream or handfuls of fritos and then it's gonna get tough.
I was talking with Phil last night when it dawned on me that I've been so nervous about having a quick labor again, and not having time for drugs again, that I have been praying to convince my doctor to induce me at 39 weeks. And then I go ahead and get this diagnosis which means I'll be induced around 39 weeks. Phil said "So you basically got exactly what you prayed for?" ummmm yeah, how can I complain anymore? God is good, focus on the positives!
The endocrinologist weighed me, and at 29 weeks, I had gained exactly 20 pounds. Great, thought I, I am right on track to gain 30 pounds like normal. But then do you know what he said? Do you? He said 20 pounds was the MAX amount of weight I should gain with gestational diabetes. What?
|Oh no you di-int!|
All in all, I am glad I actually took the test (as opposed to the last pregnancy where I refused it) because it looks like I do have issues with controlling my blood sugar no matter how healthy I think I am. I know a lot of times doctors get a bad rap, but sometimes they actually know what they're doing ;) If you have any good tips for me, success stories, blogs or Instagram accounts I should follow to get more advice, leave a comment. Knowledge is power!
Have a great sugar-free, low-carb kind of weekend everybody! Oh wait, that's just me...eat all the treats y'all!