Oh the dreaded Glucose Tolerance Test… Making any pregnant woman fast for more than 30 minutes should be outlawed and viewed as just plain abusive. The things we do for our sweet babies, right?! I could swear they make these bottles bigger than they used to.
All sarcasm aside, I was actually a bit nervous about this test. While I’ve never had Gestational Diabetes in the past, I have been spilling a lot of glucose into my urine, I’ve gained 15 more pounds at week 27 than I had by week 38 with my other pregnancies, and I know the medications I take can cause an increased risk of GT. Hours after my test was completed, and I was feeling thoroughly sick, I got a call from the OB nurse. Her exact words, “I’m afraid you’ve failed your test. Well, let’s just face the facts, you completely bombed it!!!” That’s never a good thing to hear, right?
March forward a few days and I was back to fasting again, but this time for a 3 hour study. (SOOOO HUNGRY!!!!). In my mind I was already panicking and plotting. Insulin, sugar free food, 17lb babies, a diet of celery and rice cakes for the remainder of my pregnancy all where whirling through my anxiety-ridden mind. Of course, all of that is maybe slightly melodramatic, but really the though of no Dunkin Donuts is what really had me going.
Thankfully, I was one of the lucky ones who passed my 3 hour GTT. I cried, of course, because that’s what I always do now. I was thankful that I would not have to endure trying to battle Gestational Diabetes on top of the complications I already have with my existing chronic condition. This did, however, make me think very long and hard about my diet and some changes I need to make. (Yes, I know I’m beating a dead horse here. We’ve already talked about nutrition…but here are some additional changes I am making to help with Baby Jax and Mommy)
Amping Up the Preggo Diet:
- WaterWaterWaterWaterWaterWater…. Yes, I already drink enough water to give competition to a camel but I’m adding more! (especially now that I’m having to take an extra iron tablet because I’ve developed anemia. Like I wasn’t constipated enough!)
- Portion Control! As much as I want to feel justified for taking extra helpings on, it’s time to face reality… Baby Jaxson doesn’t need two platefuls of pasta.
- I’ve traded my morning bowl of cereal for oatmeal. My midnight snack of whatever fancies me, I’ve traded for apples and peanut butter or a banana.
It’s still ok to have the occasional donut 😉