I went into Monday and Tuesday’s appointments with the Diabetes Educator and dietician well prepared but very nervous. The internet is great for some things, but more often than not, medical information on the internet just makes me feel more anxious. And what I found, even among my own friends is that plenty of people had had GD and just never mentioned it until I brought up my own fears and concerns, which makes me wonder how much of that silence is shame that we’ve somehow done this to ourselves and our babies, even though both the educator & dietician reassured me that it had nothing to do with my previous diet, it was just how my body was reacting to the stress the pregnancy was placing on it.
Now on day three of testing my sugars, I’ve realized that my numbers tend to hang out in the lower side of normal. I haven’t even come close to hitting the GD two hour post meal max of 120 (it’s different than regular diabetes, for those who might be concerned), and my morning numbers hit right between 70 – 90 (again, GD specific goals). So having watched my body respond to the sugars I’m feeding it made me feel so much better about how things must have been going prior to my diagnosis since my diet really hasn’t changed that much.
I’m not saying it’s all easy. For the first day or two, I developed a real fear about my inability to control things, though we had dinner out last night, and my numbers were still fine afterwards, so I’m starting to trust the flexibility of the diet (and moments when I can’t track the exact number of carbs on My Fitness Pal). In addition to that, the dietician actually has me eating more regularly now than I was before (every 2 – 3 hours), and, if anything, I have been more full and satisfied than I was before the diagnosis.
The best part is that, so far – for me – nothing is off limits. I can have a cupcake (or half of one if it’s a monster), but it means limiting other carbs at that meal and not eating it as my bedtime snack. And dark chocolate is still totally on the table, especially at lunch where my salad eating habits have me struggling to meet the carb allotment I’ve been given. Honestly, buying two Green & Black bars to chop into smaller serving sizes was the highlight of my week!
So what has been helpful so far? I am loving My Fitness Pal, which I’ve always used in the past (pre-pregnancy) for diet management when I’m worried about my eating habits slipping a bit. I also ordered a kitchen scale from Amazon to help out with tough portions like fruit (when was the last time you tried to measure a 1/2 cup of raspberries?).
In addition to that, I treated myself to two ASOS maternity dresses that are on sale until tomorrow with a great 20% off coupon (HAPPYFOURTH as you’re checking out). Though I’ve never ordered from them before, the company offers free shipping, and since we’re planning a little getaway next weekend, I saved enough money to upgrade to free, expedited shipping.
So what’s coming in the mail?
This little black dress that I’m hoping will pair well with blazers and sweaters and some different accessories for back to school:
And this sweet little dress in navy, that I think will be a bit longer on my frame (I’m not the model’s 5’11’) and be great for running errands or teaching (pending length).
I’ll let you know how the sizing runs. Since I tend to sit between dress sizes, I ordered the larger size, just because I want them to last through the end of the third trimester (which started yesterday!), as once school starts again, I’m going to have to give up my uniform of athletic shorts and maternity tank tops.
Happy Fourth of July!