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Glucose Intolerance

Sunday, August 25, 2013

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:
Breakfast: 30-45
Snack: 15-30
Lunch: 45-60
Snack: 15-30
Dinner: 45-60
Snack: 15-30
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).
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    Kudos for taking such good care of yourself - and the baby!! You are super cute, by the way!!
    1751 days ago
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    So happy for you! emoticon
    1754 days ago
    Ahh you look so cute!! Good for you for getting on the carb counting now rather than waiting. It'll be easier now while you're feeling good vs. closer to the 3rd tri when you end up tired AGAIN. Enjoy that 2nd trimester energy - it's such a fun time!!
    1754 days ago
    Love the bump! Thanks for sharing! Sounds like you're doing great with the carb counting. I hope you have a good school year!
    1755 days ago
    I'm a little late, but congrats on becoming pregnant! You look fantastic!
    1756 days ago
    You look awesome, Susan! Good Luck with the counting carbs! Sounds like you are in control, and that is amazing!!! When school starts you will have to be even more diligent! You CAN DO IT!!!
    1757 days ago
    Aww, look at that bump! I would die if I had to cut carbs! Literally... that is ALL I eat! Glad to hear you are on top of things though!
    1757 days ago
    You look adorable! Good for you for taking care of yourself and hopefully you don't get GD. I was very active with my first pregnancy and I felt great, not so much in the second and third because I was bigger during the holidays and cold months.
    1757 days ago
    I was going to suggest Greek yogurt, or a smoothie made with it and frozen berries and spinach (I use diet cranberry juice for the liquid and pasteurized egg whites for even more protein) but someone beat me to it.
    Love yr baby bump and that you are taking such excellent care of yourself.
    1757 days ago
    You look adorable. I ate a lot of plain Greek yogurt with chopped up fruit and nuts in it for breakfast, or green smoothies, or leftovers. I also loved Joseph's flax wraps for making sandwiches with and they are low carb too. Good luck!
    1757 days ago
    Ahhh you look great! I LOVE the bump!! Thanks for the pic.

    As weird as this sounds, finding out about possible glucose intolerance, which in turn affects how you eat, is probably a GREAT thing! I tried to stick to a lower carb diet during my second pregnancy, and felt a MILLION times better than during my first pregnancy. I also gained overall less weight though my baby was one pound larger than my first, and had an awesome natural delivery. I seriously think that my diet and lots of walking are the reasons why. So, keep it up! I ended up getting a lot of recipes from paleo diet type websites. I had a smoothie with greek yogurt, spinach, berries, etc for breakfast almost every day, a high fiber veggie for a snack, and a bowl of veggies with cheese plus some chicken for lunch. It was a super boring diet but boy did I feel good eating that way. So anyway, good for you and keep it up.

    Love seeing how upbeat you are! Your happiness just shines through. Keep us updated!! Liz
    1758 days ago
    emoticon and good luck!
    1758 days ago
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