Gestational Diabetes:What it's All AboutWhen I was tested at 28 weeks for blood sugars and the results came back elevated I was devasted. I didn't know what to think. I was upset, confused, and in total shock. So what I've taken the liberty of doing is compling a bunch of important information to help you understand and deal with gestational diabetes.
Gestational Diabetes can affect any pregnant woman, it is not dependent on her having diabetes prior to pregnancy. The exact cause of it is unknown but it is believed that the placenta prevents insulin from doing it's job. Without enough insulin, glucose can't leave the blood and convert to energy. Glucose then builds up in the blood stream and blood sugars spike.
Baby's with mothers who have gestational diabetes don't tend to be born with birth defects. However, your baby can aquire high glucose levels, which in turn can give you a big baby. Babies can also suffer damage to their shoulders during birth, have very low blood glucose levels and are also at a high risk for breathing problems. They are also at risk for obesity and may become adults who are high risk for diabetes. Studies have not been conclusive to prove that diabetes could cause miscarriage or pre-term labor. Women with gestational Diabetes are considered high risk.
Mothers who have gestational diabetes are normally put on a diet to help regulate blood sugars. They also have to test blood to monitor glucose levels 4 times a day and in extreme cases mothers may have to inject themselves with insulin. Glucose levels of mothers with gestational diabetes should generally stay under 120.
So those were the facts here's what I found...
Walking does wonders, if you could walk 30 minutes each day you could help lower those blood sugars by burning up some energy. Beverages were a big deal for me. Although, I tried my best to stay away from sodas and generally did.Fruit juices were indeed my down fall. Crystal light, Carbonated flavored waters, and sugar free singles that you deposit in bottle waters saved my life. I craved margaritas from the very beginning of my pregnancy and crushed ice with the margarita flavored crystal light was amazing. Document what you eat that way you know what is messing you up and what spikes your sugar. The diet was difficult because I was constantly on the go. Carrying a lunch box was helpful but also being open about what I liked to eat and customizing it to my diet was challenging. Ordering fast food became easy. I would get a burger combo, take off one slice of bread order fruit or salad in place of the fries and get either a diet soda or an unsweetened tea and add splenda. For breakfast a piece of toast with P-nut butter, a boiled egg and a slice of bacon was great. Any variation of that is what I usually stuck with. I also ate whole grain waffles instead of the slice of bread. Milk and fruit were items that my diet advised me to stay away from for breakfast. For my morning snack, I would eat the cheese crackers (Nabs) or graham crackers and some turkey. For lunch I would eat salads with fruit. For afternoon snacks goldfish snacks, rice cakes, or laughing cow cheese with crackers. Dinner would normally be a serving of broccoli, bbq chicken, and maybe some whole grain rice. There's a ton of sugar free snacks and things out there, that could help you out. Keep lunch meat and crackers on hand. Cucumbers and ranch and celery. Those are the things that will save you or at least saved me and Oh yea crystal light is sent from heaven.