Hi everyone - this is me at 16 weeks! (I will be 17 weeks tomorrow.)
I am well into the second trimester now and feeling much better. :) However, I recently found out that I have a glucose intolerance that could turn into gestational diabetes once I am further into the pregnancy. So now I have to check my blood sugar at home four times a day and count my carbs. What better way to count carbs than to use the nutrition tracker on SparkPeople?! So starting yesterday, I've been back to track my food. My carbohydrate goals (in grams) are:
Added up, the daily range is 165-255.
I've been doing pretty good with this so far, mostly falling in the right ranges, but it's a struggle. It's a different way of thinking about what's healthy than I'm used to. For example, oatmeal is no longer ideal for breakfast, because it tends to make blood sugar spike. I've been having eggs and whole wheat English muffins for breakfast the past couple of days, but I don't want eggs every single morning, so I'm going to have to come up with some other ideas.
School starts in a few days, so if I can have some meal plans figured out ahead of time I can start school off with a new lower-carb routine. I have to make sure I'm eating plenty - I still have to make sure I gain weight (I was told to gain about a half pound a week at this stage), and I have to find time one hour after each meal to check my blood sugar (which has so far fallen within the ideal range at every check! Yay!).
Although counting carbs and pricking my finger four times per day are no fun, I'm glad I found out about this before I had full-blown gestational diabetes. It's a good reminder that just because I'm pregnant, it doesn't mean I can eat whatever I want, in any quantity, whenever I want. In fact, nutrition is even more important now because I'm feeding my baby girl in addition to feeding myself. She and I will both benefit from this plan.
I also finally have my energy back (I was SO TIRED during the first trimester) so I am going for brisk walks most days now. The weather is just too gorgeous these days for me to exercise indoors, but soon I think I will add some strength training back in, too. (I'll probably start cautiously with just arms, shoulders, and maybe machines for quads/hamstrings).