I am now 30 weeks pregnant and I finally feel like I'm in the home stretch. This pregnancy has been very different than my pregnancy carrying Benaiah was. Could the fact that I'm having a girl this time make that big of a difference?
On Monday, we had an arctic blast of snow descend upon us! My normal 30 minute drive to see my doctor took an hour and a half. I was so close to just canceling, however; I was getting my blood drawn to check my vitamin D, overall blood counts, so I had to take the dreaded glucose tolerance test. I weighed in this month after gaining 3 1/2 pounds and my blood pressure has remained perfect! Everything seemed to be going smoothly this month and I made my appointment to come back in 4 more weeks.
Tuesday morning, bright and early, my phone rang and the nurse was calling to inform me that I failed my glucose tolerance test and that I am going to have to come back and take a 3 hour glucose screening. I was shocked to find this out. I was completely in disbelief!
The first thing I did was go straight to my "You: Having a Baby" iPhone application and began searching the Dr. Oz and Sharecare network for answers! Am I at risk? Is my baby at risk? How can I modify my diet in order to control this? Why did I develop this? And much more! I have to tell you all, that this iPhone application was so informative! I found pages and pages of questions with answers from experts! In fact, I hope that by the time I deliver this baby, they develop a "You: On a Diet" iPhone application to help me melt off my baby weight!
The most encouraging note I read in regard to the glucose tolerance test was that just because my blood sugar was elevated out of range during that first test, I may not have gestational diabetes! I continued on to read the Cleveland Clinic’s suggestions for diet modifications and their suggestions sounded like great advice for everyone to follow! Here they are:
- Eat 3 small meals and two or three snacks at regular times every day. Do not skip meals or snacks.
- Eat less carbohydrate at breakfast than at other meals because this is when insulin resistance is the greatest.
- Try to eat a consistent amount of carbohydrate during each meal and snack.
- If you have morning sickness, eat 1-2 servings of crackers, cereal or pretzels before getting out of bed. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day and avoid fatty, fried and greasy foods. If you take insulin and have morning sickness, make sure you know how to treat low blood sugar.
- Choose foods high in fiber such as whole-grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fruits, and vegetables.
- Eat foods with less sugar and fat.
- Drink at least 8 cups (or 64 ounces) of liquids per day.
- Make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals in your daily diet. Ask your doctor about taking a prenatal vitamin and mineral supplement to meet the nutritional needs of your pregnancy.
I am going to be diligent to eat very balanced and healthy before this next test, and I am praying that my blood-work shows no signs of diabetes! I'll keep you all posted! Stay tuned!