Friday, September 1, 2017

All About Carbs

Thanks to those who commented on my last post!  It all seems pretty unreal right now, but I'm starting to get pretty impatient and excited!

I wanted to talk about one of everyone's favorite things -- yep, carbs.  In my last pregnancy, I was shocked that I ended up developing gestational diabetes.  After my son was born, I didn't exactly stay on top of watching my diet, and my yearly blood sugar tests kept inching toward pre-diabetes. 

Earlier this year, I decided to reign it in and go back on a similar diet I did during pregnancy -- basically, low carb.  I was eating a ton of fat, just trying to see what would happen.  Well, by the time my next scheduled blood sugar check came along, I was pregnant.  I had been tested early last pregnancy, and this time was no different.  The results showed that my average blood sugar level was the lowest it's been in years, and I passed my glucose test with flying colors.  (I also did a separate lipid panel, and all looks great there, so don't fear eating fat, people!!)

Now that I'm getting closer to the midway point of my pregnancy, I know I'm going to have to start spot-checking my blood sugar soon, as I don't know yet what this pregnancy is doing to me yet.  Normally, the gestational diabetes test is given around weeks 25-28, which is when I found out last time, but some crude research has convinced me that the condition may roll in as early as 20 weeks.  Thus, a have about a month left -- not to indulge in carbs, but you know what I mean.

I haven't exactly been the best eater this pregnancy so far.  My "morning" sickness has been significantly worse than last time.  Even now, at about 15 weeks, still feel nauseated, though mostly at night, and my aversions to smells and certain foods has lingered.  Thus, I've been pecking away at carbs more than I should, but I've at least been trying to moderate how many I have at a time.  As I am slowly, slowly starting to feel better, I have been trying to incorporate more fat and protein, but I still can't really stand chicken or avocado or some of my old low-carb staples.  At least there's cheese, though even that had been iffy for me for a time period.

Anyway, I will be HIGHLY surprised if I don't get diagnosed again this pregnancy, but I guess you never know.  I've seen stats like 57% chance of a repeat diagnosis, versus figures like 80%.  My activity level has been about the same so far -- I want to step it up, but from my last post, you'll remember I have some complicating factors, not to mention, it has been so, so, so hot around here (approaching 110 degrees), which makes it nearly impossible to function, let alone exercise.  Come on, September and Fall!

If this does happen again, hopefully I will already be eating appropriately by then, so I won't experience the utter disappointment and adjustment of last time.  The only thing, though, is that a diagnosis could affect whatever the birth plan I have.  There's really no point, since nothing with birth is planned, as I have learned. 

1 comment:

  1. Good luck with your test, maybe you won't develop it this time around. I don't know much about GD, but I thought it was interesting that my 1 hour test this time was 23 points lower than three years ago (when I failed it).