Hey guys! Happy Tuesday 🙂 .
I love Tuesdays, mostly because they are associated with tacos, and I certainly love tacos.
Today’s topic is health-related. I wanted to take a moment to explore my brief, yet scary bout of almost Gestational Diabetes.
First, let me back up and catch you up on my past week.
If you read my last blog post (here), then you already know that I was feeling a bit low last week. I’m happy to report that this week is much better!
Anyways, last Wednesday I had a day of major self-doubt and frustration. By Wednesday evening I was feeling better, and by Thursday morning I was feeling optimistic. I even said to Ava “today is going to be a great day”.
Then my doctor’s nurse called me to tell me that I had low iron and high glucose levels. Awesome.
What this meant is that I would need to be put on iron pills, and I would need to do another glucose test which would involve me fasting for 8 hours while sitting at the medical lab for 2 hours. Most moms know that sitting for 2 hours is near impossible when you have kids. Luckily, Ava had day home on the day that I was able to book an appointment. Still, it was supposed to be my relaxing morning where I could take care of myself and maybe drink a toasty warm coffee, not 75 grams of pure sugar. Yuck!
Needless to say, that 2-minute phone call is the straw that broke the camel’s back. I sat in my car and bawled. It wasn’t my finest moment. I’m not a super fan of pity parties.
Looking back now, only 5 days later, I feel that I overreacted. There was no need for me to cry and get worked up. But at the same time, my mind and body obviously needed it. You can only be tough for so long. C’est la vie.
Thinking that I had Gestational Diabetes, I spent the weekend re-evaluating my diet. I didn’t eat any sweets or refined carbohydrates, and I devoured more salads than I have in the past year (I’m also not a super fan of salad).
Fast forward to yesterday. I had my 29-week prenatal appointment with my obstetrician, where he proudly told me that my second glucose test came back perfect. In other words, my initial glucose test had produced a false-positive result. Hallelujah!
Ironically, the first thing I did after receiving the good news was to drive from my doctor’s office to the bakery to buy a maple donut . . . or four. Obviously, I shared with Hubby 🙂 .
It’s Funny How One Call can Change Your Mindset
Seriously though. I now know that I am not diabetic, but that quick phone call (the one that nearly sent me into a panic attack) did nothing short of zap my butt into gear.
See, I definitely over-indulged over the holidays. I will be the first to admit it. I have a very serious case of sweet-tooth. Actually, a better description would be sweet-teeth.
I don’t think that I turned down a single cookie, square, donut, tiramisu, or chocolate. Why would I?
I’ll tell you why, and it’s a very simple answer: mine and my baby’s health.
There it is. It’s soooo simple.
There is nothing that is more important at this point than keeping my baby safe, and in order to do that, I need to keep myself safe.
You may not know anything about Gestational Diabetes, and that’s okay. I didn’t know much until I thought I had it. At that point I became a crazed Googling machine.
According to Diabetes Canada, Gestational Diabetes can lead to:
a high birth weight for baby
a difficult delivery
an increased risk of baby developing Type 2 Diabetes in the future
an increased risk of obesity
Hold up. None of this sounds okay. So even though Gestational Diabetes typically goes away after birth, there are still possible ongoing risks. Nope, it’s definitely not okay.
So What am I Doing to Maintain my Good Health for the Remainder of My Pregnancy?
Basically, there are two main components, and they are the same components that are ALWAYS recommended by any health professional:
Eating right (ie. less sugar, less starch, less junk, more veggies, more whole grains, more lean protein)
That’s literally it.
Yes. I purchased some donuts right after being told I was not diabetic. I see how hypocritical that is. But I am only human, and it was after a few days of absolutely no sweets. Don’t judge me until you have had pregnancy cravings, people!
Overall, I have reduced the amount of sugar in my diet drastically, and I already feel better!
More recently I discovered a prenatal/postpartum app called Baby 2 Body, that has been helping me to stay in shape at home. The workouts are only 20-30 minutes so there are no excuses about not having time! I also love the format of the workouts because you follow along with a video showing you each move and how to do it correctly.
I also purchased some resistance bands from Amazon to help me with my workouts. They are great because like hand weights, there are different “strengths”, but they fold up neatly into a little bag. It’s such a space saver!
Of course, the pregnant lady who is leading the workout videos looks graceful as hell, while I look like a fumbling orangutang, but that is beside the point. There is no comparing one woman to another, ladies! We are all beautiful blossoms 🙂 .
The point of all of this is to show how quickly your health can be impacted by your dietary choices. I was lucky, but many women are not. And some women are health nuts, but STILL develop Gestational Diabetes during pregnancy. Regardless, the best thing to do is to be proactive. Indulge once in a while! But make sure that you are getting much-needed nutrients first. Baby will thank you, and so will your postpartum body 🙂 .