Thursday, August 1, 2013

Depriving the Pregnant Woman of Ice Cream in the Summer

A few weeks ago, I went in for my glucose test. It's pretty common during pregnancy to have gestational diabetes, because the extra hormones block insulin. It's common enough that they test everyone. Still, when I failed the test, I was surprised. I thought I'd just had my glass of orange juice that morning too close to the test. When I went in for the 3 hour test, I thought it would be inconvenient, but I felt fine so I was convinced there would be nothing to it. Apparently I was wrong. 

So, as the doctor instructed, I met with a dietician and started checking my blood sugar four times a day. The dietician went over how to read food labels to stay under my carbs for each meal and snack (apparently sugar is a category under the carbohydrate umbrella, who knew?) and what foods I could eat, etc. 

Holding onto the fact that most of the time this condition goes away after the baby is born, I started eating like a diabetic, thinking I'd endure it for a few weeks and maybe pick up some good habits along the way. Now that I've been doing it for about a month, I haven't picked up healthy habits as much as start a running list of things I want to eat as soon as I'm able again. 

If you want to come see the baby after he's born, feel free to bring any of the following items with you. 

Soft cookies
a loaf of homemade bread
Ice cream
Fruit in the morning
a sweet potato with my steak
a baked potato with my steak
Sweet tea
A full glass of milk