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med_picI am extremely tired and exhausted. And it’s not from nesting. It’s from carrying my gigantic belly, keeping my glucose levels down, and from not sleeping. I’m SO done with this pregnancy that I can’t stand it. I don’t want to sleep because it’s uncomfortable, and I get carpal tunnel. I wake up with numb, painful fingers. Plus, I have to pee at least twice a night.

As for the gestational diabetes diet, I’m SO done with it! I don’t want to take my medication and wait an hour before eating. I don’t want to think about what I’m eating. I don’t want to schedule my eating and schedule everything around my eating. I’m tired of checking my glucose levels an hour after I eat. AND, I’m tired of going to the hospital twice a week for non-stress tests. I’m tired of seeing my nutritionist every couple of weeks to prove to her that I’m not cheating on my diet. I just want to live blissfully, eat heartily, and be happy. (Is that too much to ask? Give a pregnant woman a break!)

I have, at the most, two more weeks left and that doesn’t seem to be passing quickly enough. Ughh… I need to stop complaining. Most likely, I’ll be complaining about something new after the baby arrives. 🙂

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med_picIt’s been about six weeks since I last wrote about my gestational diabetes. That’s because things have been smooth sailing. Everything was under control with diet, exercise, and medication. However in the last couple of weeks, my glucose levels have been out of whack. (I was cautioned that it would get worse later in my pregnancy.) I would wake up in the morning and my glucose levels (fasting) would already be high! My nutritionist and perinatologist are both confused as to why. (They call me… “The Anomaly.”) I thought that, perhaps, because every night I would dream of eating a cupcake or a banana split, it would seem so real that my brain would send messages to my body that increased my sugar levels! Ha! If that were the case, then I think I should just eat a cupcake or a banana split so that the high glucose level in the morning would be worth it.

So it was suggested that I take a dose of my medication (Glyburide) the night before with my evening snack and see if that would bring down my fasting levels the next morning. Success! After a couple of days, though, I discovered that my glucose levels were high an hour after breakfast. So I started cutting down on my carbohydrate intake. No luck! I could eat two servings or one serving of bread, and would still get the same results… high glucose levels. So my nutritionist has suggested I take another dose when I wake up in the mornings, then eat breakfast an hour after. That worked for a couple of days, but then it stopped. More confusion! We even upped my medication to two doses, and still my glucose levels were high.
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Hmm... what should I eat?

Hmm... what should I eat?

I wake up, and I want a bowl of cereal with fruit. But nooooo(!), I can’t have any of those things for breakfast. So I have to muster all my willpower to eat eggs and a hotdog despite the fact that my mouth is really craving a deliciously cool, refreshing, invigorating, sweet glass of OJ to wash down all that protein.

Come snack time (with my hotdog breath – even though I brushed my teeth!), I feel a false sense of liberation – like I can eat ANYTHING (but not really)! It’s just that I can eat fruit or have a glass of milk if I so desire. So I grab a little tub of baby yogurt, but realize I also want a banana, but I can only have either dairy or fruit. So I stand in the kitchen contemplating what I REALLY want for a treat, and have to remember that I need to also follow it with a handful of nuts or a hard boiled egg (Mmm… not!). Can you picture this? I stand there almost walking around in circles… ARGHH. (more…)

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med_picI’ve been on my new nutritional plan for my gestational diabetes for five days now. And guess what? My glucose levels are still a bit high. The diet alone isn’t working, so my nutritionist and perinatologist want to see me NOW – as in, before Christmas – because they see this as an “urgent matter!” This doctor’s appointment is a total bummer and has added more stress to my already stressful holiday week (running around in circles, anyone?). (more…)

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cupcakesGoodbye, cupcakes! Goodbye, hot chocolate! Goodbye, sugar! I’ll miss you all and will hope to see you after I give birth… Hello, Gestational Diabetes! You weren’t invited. I wish you would go away.

After failing the 1-hour AND the 3-hour glucose tests, I must now face the reality that I have GD. I suppose it could be worse. I could have Type 2 Diabetes and would have to deal with this forever. But for now, it’s gestational diabetes and I need to focus on my diet.

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