Monday, January 20, 2014

A day in the life of a Gestational Diabetic

Well I haven't been in the blogging world much over the past several months, I guess I've just become so busy with doctor's appointments and then school assignments and getting ready for these twins to come. But I realized that I haven't updated the blog to tell what the twins will be.... they are going to be sweet little girls! (Well we think they'll be sweet, they are quite the very active pair beating up on mommy's insides and making her very uncomfortable.)

The week of Christmas I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and it was really a suprise as when they did the initial testing my fasting number that morning was 67 and the ending number was 126 so I thought I passed with flying colors, however, my two middle numbers, for it was the 3 hour glucose test were too high so that labeled me as a gestational diabetic. I really struggled with that diagnoses and was quite grumpy as I had just made a batch of sugar cookies that weekend and it was the week of Christmas and I planned to make sweet potato pie for our Christmas meal. But once I got through those first couple weeks, I've been doing some better. I met with my doctor today, and he was extremely happy with my sugar readings, to me they've all been really low, but evidently just watching my diet is working for now. However due to this diagnoses, I am now required to be at the hospital twice a week for NSTs on the babies which are Non-Stress Tests where they hook me up to monitors that monitor their heartbeats and check to make sure that when they get active their heartbeats go up and they are not under any stress and it also monitors me for contractions. So far I've had two of these tests and both times the babies have done very well, so that is very encouraging, plus it's soothing to me to go in twice a week and be able to hear their movements and know that they're okay. I plan to somewhat stick with my diet even after our girls are born to try and help me lose some weight and maybe possibly keep the likelihood of me developing Type 2 diabetes down. For those of who are wondering what a gestational diabetic mom goes through here's a peek at my day and week:
Monday, January 20, 2014
    7:30 AM Woke up starving of course!

    8:00 AM Time for my morning finger prick to check my fasting blood sugar level- O GOOD it was 87 perfect it was under the 95 that the doctor wants it to be!

    8:15-8:30 AM prepare breakfast of 2 scrambled eggs, 1 Turkey Sausage Patty, and Cream of Wheat with Cocoa Powder, 3 packets of Stevia (sweetner), and a little vanilla extract and tiny bit of milk, and decaf hot tea (as my blood pressure has been up and down so I'm trying to keep that low)

   8:30 AM- Finally get to eat breakfast after waking an hour ago starving! :)

 10:30 AM- Uh Oh time for another finger prick to check my sugar level. O Lovely it's 87 it didn't change with my breakfast and it's under the 125 that the doctor wants it at! :) But I'm hungry again so I grab some peanuts and sometimes a cheesestick and try to hold out till lunch time.

 11:30 AM- Time to fix my lunch: Today I had 6 meatballs with 2 slices of pepper jack cheese, a heap of broccoli with ranch dressing to dip it in and a pretty good size orange along with a cup of hot orange and spice tea.

  12:30PM-- It's off to the doctor's office for my weekly visit.

  1:45 PM--- It's time for my after lunch finger prick and my sugar level is 71!! WHOA I don't think I had enough carbs for my lunch.

  2:30PM-- It's off to the hospital for my Non-Stress Test and the only thing they allow me while doing this test is ice chips, but I'm grateful for those because I'm very thirsty!

 5:30PM-- Hubby fixed skyline chili for supper and I had snacked shortly before on one slice of Whole Wheat bread with a tiny bit of peanut butter on it and a cup of hot chocolate made with Stevia and a tiny bit of vanilla extract and a dash of milk.

7:30PM --- Blood Sugar check, great it's 85! Today I've managed to keep all my numbers under what the doctor wanted them to be. Later hubby gives me a bite of his cream filled donut (which is my favorite of course!)

9:30PM (usually 8:30PM but running a little later tonight)-- It's time for my bed time snack of Plain Greek Yogurt with 2 packets of Stevia in it. That has to hold me till I get up in the morning and fix my breakfast!

My diet is controlled by the amount of Carbs and Protein I eat not necessarily the sugar although I have cut out regular sugar and have been sweetening everything with Stevia.

  For breakfast I'm allowed 30grams of Carbohydrates (no fruit); and 21 grams of Protein
  For snacks I'm allowed 15-20grams of Carbohydrates and 14grams of Protein
  For Lunch and Dinner I'm allowed 45-50 grams of Carbohydrates and 21 Grams of Protein

I'm not allowed fruits in the morning because that's when insulin resistance is at it's highest. But I love having fresh fruit with my lunch and even sometimes an afternoon snack.

I may start sharing some recipes and meals on here that are good for Gestational Diabetes as I know for some it's a real struggle. For me it has been a struggle with my diet and cravings because with carrying twins I can hardly move around anymore so the exercise part is extremely difficult for me to do.

Anyways I only have another 5 or so weeks to go before our girlies are born via c section. We're very excited but very nervous at the same time!