I’ve been keeping a secret now for 20 weeks. I have gestational diabetes. I kept this secret for many reasons, mostly because of the harassment I received during my last pregnancy from someone who doesn’t like me. When I got pregnant this time I refused to allow anyone to take this special time from me and I didn’t want to open myself up to public attack again while pregnant.
I’ve been living with gestational diabetes, it’s a preview of what could be life with Type 2 diabetes a very scary reality for so many Americans.Â I eat a healthy diet but must say I love dessert, and pasta. I thought I knew so much about nutrition and eating right and then I took some nutrition classes.
I was shocked to find out how to really actually read a food label. I thought I knew but I really learned about carbs and how your body processes sugar and just how much everything we eat has an over abundant amount of sugar in it. I learned that eating 5 cups of fruits and vegetables every day is so important to your overall health and just how hard it is to do every day.
Living with gestational diabetes has been such an eye opening experience, I’ve learned much more about food than I ever knew before. I know that after the baby is born it will disappear but I leave with better knowledge of how and what I should be eating. Since being diagnosed we eliminated all sugar cereal, did you know you’re only supposed to have 3/4 a cup of cereal? I was eating a large bowl and never actually measuring it out. I found that eliminating the cereal from our life has allowed us to explore other options for breakfast.
I also learned how those food affect your body. For Mother’s Day we got Chinese food, I honestly ate my 1/2 cup of rice and some veggie chow mien and an egg roll. My blood sugar spiked to 169 after my meal. I had never seen it that high and was honestly scared so we threw the food in the garbage and decided we’d never eat it again. I’ll make it myself and pack it full of veggies.
I am lucky I controlled my blood sugars with my diet but not everyone is that lucky. I test my blood sugar twice a day but when I first got started I was testing 8 times. I could not imagine going through my life having to test that many times a day. It’s scary, my life was consumed by testing and what I was eating. I was constantly reminded of what I was putting into my body and know I never want to live that way. Let alone having to do insulin every day like millions of others. I know I don’t want to live that way and now know how easily it can happen without you ever realizing it.
Because I stuck to my diet and made it a priority in my life I gained 20 pounds this pregnancy. A far cry from the 60 I gained during my last pregnancy. Plus I am having a healthy baby girl this week.
My gestational diabetes will go away this week and I will be able to enjoy a slice of pizza and cake again. I am however forever changed. I know what life could be like. I know that it’s not about moderation at all, that it’s about eliminating those foods completely and finding things that are healthy to enjoy. I am now dedicated to getting my 5 cups of fruits and veggies a day and making sure I read serving sizes and stick to them.
I want to live a healthy and full life and I want my children to be healthy. I got a peak at what having diabetes is all about and I don’t want to go back there.
Did you have gestational diabetes? How did you cope? What did you learn from having it?