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In January of 2013, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is when you have out of control blood sugars only during the pregnancy. Since I have a HUGE history of diabetes in the family and I am over the age of 30, the chances of me having it were very high.
My first reaction to it was pretty upsetting. One of the symptoms that gave me a glimpse as to why I needed to control it was a sudden weight gain. Also, waking up in the middle of the night in a complete thirst was another sign.
During your 28th week of pregnancy, they make you take a glucose tolerance test where you drink a sugary substance and then test your blood sugar levels. After an hour, they test your level and then after two hours, they will check you again. I actually was fine the first test, but the second test resulted in my blood sugar levels still being too high.
A couple of weeks later, I met with a dietician at the local health department. It really helped to talk to someone about the diet you should have to control your diabetes. I also received a blood glucose monitor that I use four times a day to check the levels I am at. In the morning, I should be under 95 on the monitor. During the day (two hours after each meal), I am supposed to stay under 120. I keep a log sheet of my levels and then turn them in each doctor’s visit.
Even though my first reaction was to be upset at the fact that I had diabetes, I plan on using the same diet and monitoring after the baby is born. Pairing carbohydrates with a protein is very important in a gestational diabetes diet. My goal is to provide ideas for meals and activities for people with diabetes on my blog. By the way, once you have a baby, the gestational diabetes goes away. It does not affect the baby at all. The only risk is that if you don’t keep a well-balanced diet and exercise regimen, there is a high chance of developing Type II Diabetes within five to ten years.
Staying active is a key role and I plan on fighting off this disease!