The fight for joy and contentment with GD
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
So, many moons have passed since I have written a blog. I am a bit anti blog as I think of them more as a way braggards express themselves to the world than as a legitimate forum for information sharing. I may have been tainted by Facebook. But as I struggle with the insane ups and downs and restrictions of Gestational Diabetes, I am beginning to discover the value that a blog can offer. I have recently been combing the internet for blogs and forums discussing people's experience with Gestational Diabetes.
When I was diagnosed about 4 weeks ago, I thought, "no problem! Diet and exercise should keep it in check and it is only for a short time that I need to sacrifice sugar for my baby". Then the flour sensitivity hit. Not just white flour, but any flour. And now any grain. That alone would not concern me, except that I am losing weight...about a pound a week. Grant it, I am 5'8" and was 184 when I became pregnant. But now, I am 194 at 7 months pregnant.
I am slightly concerned because I have read many articles about ketosis in pregnancy and how it can negatively affect my baby. Yet I cannot eat any carbs (I do drink milk still) and it is a good day if I can hit 1400 calories.
Then, yesterday, my doctor informed me that he induces GD pregnancies at 38 weeks. I may get to go to 39 weeks, but he is so set on 38 that my new due date is 7/11. My husband is actually excited.
I am a little less thrilled. What if her lungs are not developed? What if she is still small? My blood sugar has been kept under control with diet and exercise and she is growing on schedule so far. Do we really need to pull her out early?
It is a great lesson in having joy in any and all situations. And being content in all situations. And trusting in the One True God that His Will and Plan is perfect regardless of how I view it. Ugh, I hate learning valuable lessons through life experiences :-)
So just a blog for those struggling with GD. It is a struggle and a fight. The anxiety, the uncertainty, the lack of 'normal' food... it's type 2 diabetes on steroids. But, Lord willing, the fight will be over soon. And it is worth it for the health of the new life.