A lot has been happening this week and in all honesty am feeling a bit down and stressed.
I have developed gestational diabetes already.
I went to see the diabetes team on Monday. They said my booking in blood test had been ‘wonderful’ (her exact words) but because I had developed GD later on in my first pregnancy, they wanted to start monitoring my blood sugar levels immediately. I was slightly annoyed because if my sugar levels were fine I saw no reason to have to prick myself 3 times a day to check my sugar levels in my blood – I have to do it 1 hour after each meal.
I am now glad they made me do it.
My sugar levels are very high.
One hour after a meal the maximum they should be is 7.8. I was hitting 8’s, 9’s and even 10’s. I tried varying my diet. In the morning I stopped eating white bread and went on to weetabix. I only had 2 weetabix and it was still high. Diabetes nurse suggested I just have one and I thought do you want to me to starve????
Even chapattis and curry make the levels shoot sky high. Apparently rice isn’t even good for you and I LOVE biryani and rice………WHAT DO I EAT??
If I have a simple fish piece and say some sweetcorn with it then sugar levels come to an acceptable level. I have started having a salad at work which keeps my levels normal – but I still feel hungry.
I told the nurse and she has now given me medication to take in the morning to see if that helps as my levels are highest in the morning. Going to start that tomorrow. She is going to refer me to the diabetes team at the hospital. I am hoping to see a dietitian as I am so stressed right now – I could just go and sit in a darkened room and cry. I don’t know what to eat and frankly I am scared of eating – I am just feeling hungry all the time as I am not having fulfilling meals as I am new to this and still learning what is ok to eat and what isn’t.
I just had a chapatti today and an omelette earlier on at my mums – that made my levels shoot up to the highest yet. Then I got too scared to eat anything afterwards and just had some crackers and cheese! (I am assuming cheese is ok).
So I am now spending a lot of time on the internet researching into GD and trying to work out what foods my body can cope with.
On the plus side, had another scan on Wednesday and all is good so far alhamdulillah. My official due date is 22 September inshAllah. Bubs was very chilled out during the scan, wasn’t in an ideal position for measurements, but was so comfortable wouldn’t shift into a better position. We eventually did get the measurements we needed!
PS Any advice re GD would be gratefully received!