If you are facing gestational diabetes, I feel your pain. I had it with both my pregnancies, and it was awful. I’m a carbs kind of girl, and limiting things like bread and pasta was tough, especially when you factor in pregnancy cravings. I was feeling pretty grumpy by the end of my pregnancy, and you should have seen my first post-pregnancy meal. It was a serious carb fest with all my favorites!
If you’re newly diagnosed, here’s what it will mean for you. You’ll have more frequent doctor’s appointments, usually with a specialist because you will now be considered a high risk pregnancy. You’ll have to prick yourself several times a day to check your blood sugar. You’ll have to modify your diet and possibly take insulin.
But there is one ace up your sleeve. Exercise will dramatically lower your blood glucose levels. I found I could occasionally eat a small portion of a “cheat” food if I went for a 30 minute brisk walk afterwards — that simple walk lowered my glucose level by 20 to 30 points without fail.
Exercise kept me from feeling like I was starving because it helped decrease my appetite a little and it meant I could eat a little more because the activity would mean my glucose levels didn’t skyrocket.
As for those finger pricks, I learned a trick from a medical professional during my first go-round with gestational diabetes. It’s perfectly fine to prick yourself on the back of your palm instead of your finger. It hurts so much less!
If you have any questions, let me know. I’m not a doctor, but I am a mom who made it through gestational diabetes without having to take insulin or having a 10-pound baby. It wasn’t easy, but it was so worth it. I’d love to use my experience to help other moms get through this difficult time.