37 weeks… and GD

Carb CollageAt 9am today, my phone will text me to say that I am 37 weeks pregnant. I can’t believe it!

Overall, the pregnancy has been uneventful which (knock on wood) is good news. I’ve had no heartburn, been sleeping through the nights, and besides being tired during the first trimester, acne and some recent swelling in the feet; all is good. That being said, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 25 weeks. Although not terrible, this has been the biggest annoyance of the past 12 weeks. You can follow the link to read more about it, but basically at 25 weeks, you go to the clinic, drink a super sugary orange drink, sit for an hour and then have your blood tested. “Failing” this, you do everything over again, but have your blood tested at 1 hour, 2 hours, and then 3 hours. Since my sugars tested high, I was referred to the diabetes clinic at BC Women’s Hospital which I visit every 3 weeks with the doctor (measures stomach, checks blood pressure, talks about test numbers), dietician (sets up a meal plan, talks about carb intake), and the nurse (checks weight and ketones, teaches you how to inject insulin, test blood sugar). I was placed on a limited carbohydrate diet, told to test my blood 4x a day (once a week, I test 7x a day – before / after meals) and was then placed on insulin injections 4x a day (2x before breakfast / 2x before dinner). My typical day looks like this:

8:00am – Wake up / Test blood / Insulin injection x2
8:30am – Breakfast (have to wait 30 minutes after taking insulin) – 30g carbs
15-20 minute walk right after meal
11:00am – Snack – 30g carbs
1:30pm – Test blood / Lunch – 30g carbs
15-20 minute walk right after meal
3:30pm – Snack – 15g carbs
6:00pm – Test blood / Insulin injection x2
6:30pm – Dinner (have to wait 30 minutes after taking insulin) – 45g carbs
15-20 minute walk right after meal
9:30pm – Test blood / Snack – 30g carbs

Carbs (both sweet and salty – this means fruit too! – 100g of watermelon or strawberries = 8g of carbs) are limited, so I rely heavily on meat, tofu, eggs, peanut butter, and cheese. Eating out means sushi (with limited rice), salads and chicken strips from White Spot (2 strips, some fries and a salad). I find that I’m encouraged to eat more processed foods, especially if I’m feeling lazy or busy, as nutritional info is so much more readily available rather than a) guessing or b) calculating your own details based on the internet. I also eat weird food combos such as mushroom soup and taco shells with cheese and avocado on it (27g carbs if you are wondering) and sticking to items that I know have been ok for me such as yogurt pots, pepperoni sticks, dry cereal, and roasted seaweed. All in all, I’m sure I’ve been eating a lot better than if I didn’t have GD and I look forward to things like when mindlessly popping a breath mint isn’t a huge deal. At this point, baby may arrive anytime between now and in the next 4-5 weeks and I hope our first visitor brings a box filled with ALL THE CARBS!

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  1. Teresa R.

    Hey! Totally didn’t know you were expecting – congrats! Cantrav misses you :) I had GD too and it was soooo annoying but also kind of cool since it forced me to exercise everyday (walking and weights). I consumed so many Babybel cheeses as they were my go-to protein snacks. My first visitors did not bring food but someone ended up bringing me a White Spot cheeseburger and fries and I was sooooo happy.

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