Hello, So I have my blood glucose test in a couple of weeks and I'm freaking out about it. I'm scared to death of becoming high risk and, though I refuse to have the midwife tell me my weight, I know, from her, that I have had 2 significant weight jumps in the past two months. I had asked other friends of mine when they gained most of their weight and most said in their second trimester, which is where I'm at, 22 weeks, so I'm not sure how bad the weight jumps really are. However, I know I need to watch what I'm eating better and be more active. This baby is a cookie monster mixed with a Florida farm girl. She love love loves cookies and oranges. Those have been my biggest cravings and I used to never eat cookies. Prior to getting pregnant I was a little overweight but have actually been very health conscious. I've been gluten free for 7 years due to health issues and I ate very well balanced clean meals mostly following Tosca Reno's diets. However, this pregnancy has brought out the worst in me diet wise. I eat one cookie at the least three at the most "almost" every single day. Since my last visit, I have definitely been more conscious of my intake, but pregnancy cravings are no joke. It isn't a want anymore it's an "I have to have that right now!" kind of a craving... Also, I've been under an insane amount of stress this entire pregnancy, due to circumstances completely out of my control and because of this my energy level has been pretty low leading to a lack of exercise and some pretty bad depressing days that just put me in such a lull. I have been doing prenatal yoga once a week and I do try to walk a couple nights but it's not been ideal. My goal is to take one or two zumba classes a week like I used to, get back into my Latin dance classes once or twice a week, keep up with the yoga and find other ways to be active.
All of this in mind, I'm still freaking out about the glucose test. Anyone know specific foods/herbs that can help regulate or lower blood sugar levels? I started to incorporate a veggie smoothie every morning in an effort to add more veggies. I used to eat lots of veggies but this pregnancy has made me hate them. Now I eat a lot more fruits. Mostly oranges, apples and the occasional mango/papaya. Any advice is greatly appreciated to put my mind at ease a bit, make me feel like I'm not the only one going through this, sharing any of your personal stories or experiences, or offering up any specific food/herbs/diet advice. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and respond.