Its been a long course but TODAY is my due date! 9months of pregnancy …. which actually ends up being more like 10months and a few days. I’ve had my ups and downs and food issues throughout the whole process but today I am proud to say my gestational diabetes is under control. My fasting levels are normal and have been for over a month, I’ve actually only had a few days that they were over 92 and only 2 days they were at 95! I was able to take my pricks down to twice a day, fasting and after my evening meals.
Now to get to the point, how did I do it?
First thing I had to do was really study, but I did that for you so just keep reading, I read everything they had online, scientific journals and articles and even books about gestational diabetes. My conclusion is that there really doesn’t seem to be any one reason that woman get gestational diabetes. There does however seem to be ways to prevent it. It seems to appear more often in woman that are older upon gestation and sorry I’m not talking 40s I’m talking late 20s early 30s and beyond. I also noticed trends with first pregnancies, maybe we just don’t know what we are doing? For whatever reason it is a really scary thing to find out you have. You don’t want to put yourself or your baby in harms way and you don’t want to come out of pregnancy with high sugar levels or having to take insulin. There are many risks, but thats not what this post is about. This post is about the positive how we can overcome odds and end up healthier then ever! Also at the end of my pregnancy I think I look better then I ever have! My body is on point and so is my skin. Yes I’ve gained weight and I love my curves and my little baby bump. I feel healthy and have a lot of energy. So I took this as a wake up call and also an excuse to cut the bad stuff out of my diet and focus on a healthy me!
My typical meals consist of eating 4/5 times a day. Thats fine with me since I love food and also it keeps me full throughout the day. This is also a way to stabilize your blood sugar so you don’t have any crazy crashes or high levels. I am making a whole meal plan/recipe book for my journey so I will post that ASAP! Typically I enjoy some sort of carb with fruit and dairy and a nut fat in the morning. I enjoy a fruit and veggie snack mid morning. For lunch I go big with carbs and protein. I usually treat myself around 1 or 2 with some dark chocolate. I found that if I enjoy 70% or higher my blood sugar isn’t affected YAY! 🙂 I will wind down my sugar intake around 5pm so I will try to have another carb and some more natural sugars, then at 7 I eat a healthy protein like chicken meatballs. If I’m starving between meals I will snack on a cutie/grapefruit or mozzarella cheese stick and I always have some salt free nuts on hand.
Pretty balanced and pretty easy right! I skipped out on all sugary beverages and opted for teas, milk, lots of water, and mineral water. That was hard and I will admit I have my days where I went for a soda with splenda (mostly stayed away from diet coke). My vice was the soda machine with 200flavors, I would go and mix soda water with sugar free flavor and maybe diet ginger ale or diet sprite. I couldn’t have frozen yogurt so this was my craving cure. I also would split up drinking this into a few days, it’s hard but it’s discipline! Honestly however, as long as I was eating throughout the day I was always satisfied, and I didn’t crave sugar.
Ill be honest the first 2weeks of no sugar were awful! YES TORTURE AWFUL! I was grumpy and mad and just in a bad mood the entire time. I stuck with it and went to the gym or on a hike and took myself away from my cravings. I was able to combat sugar with proteins and healthy fats and still enjoy dark chocolate(daily).
I also exercised 4/5 days a week and did yoga on my days off at least for 20minutes. YES YOU CAN DO THIS LADIES! YES YOU CAN! It sounds hard and painful and you say where am I going to get the time, wake up 20minutes early and stretch it out. Go for a walk for an hour in the evening with your hubby and kids or dog. Go for a walk at lunch and bring a friend along for a good healthy friend date. If your friends want to have a ladies night suggest going on a hike on a Saturday or Sunday. YOU CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN! Its all about doing it. I would go to the gym and go on hikes with my friends or go for a walk at the beach. I even started to walk to my doctor appointments. Give your self a break for health and you can accomplish anything. I would do yoga while I watched Jane the Virgin or just sitting in my room. I would do meal prep on Sundays and have food for the week so I could have more time to relax and enjoy my workouts. I studied prenatal health with AFAA and group fitness and I have taught yoga, spin and group fitness and trust me its all about just doing it. The days I felt best this pregnancy were the days I just went and did it even when I didn’t want to. SWIM, HIKE, SPIN, YOGA, WALK, DO THE STAIRS!
Just remember this is your health and your babies health and YOU CAN DO IT! 🙂 The days I worked out my sugar was lower the next day, and I could even push the limits a little. I just couldn’t eat major carbs after 8, but thats ok you WILL MAKE IT WORK!