Sorry I'm late this week, I wasn't at work yesterday and had trouble getting a discussion started mobile.
1. How are your numbers this week?
2. Questions/Tips you have?
1. How are your numbers this week? Overall not bad. I hade one high number on Saturday night but we were out for dinner in Chicago and I'm sure I overdid it. It wasn't too bad and I know the cause. Otherwise, my numbers did pretty well this weekend so that was a good thing.
2. Questions/Tips you have? If you aren't logging your food but having some fluctuation in numbers it may help you identify trends or things that cause higher numbers.
3. Rants/Raves? Very proud of myself for not overdoing it this weekend. It would have been very easy to just say forget it and enjoy the weekend but I didn't and I watched what I was eating.
How are your numbers this week? not a clue. I get my glucometer Thursday. But I've been eating super great. Luckily my favorite veggie is in season and I've been able to do so much with it to cut carbs (squash/spaghetti squash).
2. Questions/Tips you have? nada. This is so new to me so I'm just getting started myself.
3. Rants/Raves? I'm just going to rant that i even have GD because people here will get it. I'm embaressed by it because of the stigma that goes along with diabetes. That stigma being you are overweight, don't take care of yourself etc. Um...that is the opposite with me. I went into my pregnancy at 125 and ate healthy. Sure i would indulge in ice cream or a cookie (or 2) but how many people do and don't get GD? When i told my mom she was like "you just need to eat healthier" i was so mad because i was eating healthy...how much healthier can squash soup with steamed broccoli i had for lunch get? So now having it all explained that there is nothing i did to get this makes me feel better but I'm still embaressed to say i have it for fear of what others think. My sister in law who is 9 years older than me and maybe obese? I don't know her weight but she is larger and ate like crud never got GD. She drinks my dew like crazy and did during her pregnancy and passed with flying colors. Whhhat the heck?? Oh well. I just need to deal with it now. Thanks for letting me rant.
@KarliQ88 I'm sorry you are joining us. I was diagnosed through an early test at 21 weeks so I've been at this fro 6+ weeks. When I found out about it, I cried the entire afternoon. I was upset and fearful of what it meant for the delivery I had planned. I was fairly confident I could control it with diet, I was familiar enough with diabetes (My dad has T2 and my nephew has T1) but know that finding doctors willing to wait it out and let things happen naturally is a little tougher and a bit more of a fight. I've pretty much come to terms with things and was told at my last appointment that so long as it's under control with diet, things don't change much until we get closer and even then probably won't change unless a growth scan shows baby is really big.
I agree that the finger poking is getting old but for the most part everything has been fairly easily managed. Getting enough carbs is a struggle at some meals which is a huge surprise to me. I will also add, I felt much better after I met with the dietician and kind of got a good feel for things.
One thing that I find interesting that your post reminded me of. About a week or so after I was diagnosed I was feeling really bad about it, tired of poking myself, tired of tracking food, just tired of it all, I had a realization that it's temporary and put some perspective around it for myself given that my nephew has Type 1 which is forever unless a cure is found. I decided to take advantage of my diagnosis and bring some more awareness to the different types of diabetes out there and posted something on Facebook. I was amazed how many of my facebook friends posted and shared that they had GD during their pregnancies and had never said anything about it. There are a lot more of us out there than we realize but because of the stigma around T2 I think people don't want to talk about it.
@TinaBelcher I haven't tried white rice yet. Just haven't had the opportunity. Good to know though. Did you have your rice chex cereal in the morning for breakfast? My dietician told me to test it out but to avoid cereal in the morning because for some reason it causes spikes regardless of the type of cereal. I thought that was so strange. I'm not a huge cereal in the morning fan but have definitely used it for a snack here and there
@karliQ88 I by no means meant to downplay what we are going through. Just wanted to tell my story about what helped me get through some bad days. This sucks, it's our reality and what we are going through (on top of all the other pregnancy symptoms and aches and pains). While I hate that we are here I'm glad we have some people to talk to about it.
My fasting numbers run between 80-92 most days with a goal of being under 95. I test 1 hour after meals and run anywhere from 95-130 depending on what I eat. My meal includes 2-3 carb choices (15g = 1 carb choice) for breakfast, 3-4 carb choices for Lunch and dinner, and then 2 carb choices for each of my 3 snacks a day with a goal of eating every 2.5-3 hours. ETA: My goal for 1 hour after meals is to be under 140.
@urbanorchidgirl are you checking ketones? I know my internist and nutritionist very much stressed making sure I am eating enough carbs (as well as a balance of veggies and protein). Also, making sure that I have a variety of carbs (grains, fruit, dairy). One of my challenges initially was making sure I had enough carbs and was still eating enough calories to support being pregnant.
@KarliQ88 That's a great idea, I hadn't thought about sugar free jello. I will have to check that out
I eat a lot of things. For lunch today I'm having southwest tortilla soup with some chips. The soup is about 1 carb choice and the chips are 2 (I was running very late this morning and didn't get my lunch put together at home so this is from the work cafeteria). Normally my lunch is something like a 8 in tortilla (1 of the carb balance ones because that is only 1 carb choice), some chicken salad with veggies wrapped up. A piece of fruit or 1/2 cup applesauce, and some crackers of some sort. For snacks, I will usually have some fruit with trail mix, or cereal, or greek yogurt. Breakfasts are my hardest because I don't eat eggs so protein at breakfast has always been tough. But I switch between a container of greek yogurt with 1/4 cup of granola or 2 slices of sara lee 45 calorie bread (2 slices is only 1 carb choice) with 1 tbsp. of peanut butter and a couple clementines or a small apple.
I eat a lot of fruit, and most snacks and meals include fruit as one of my carb choices. I will include corn, potataos, rice, or pasta at dinner with some sort of meat and then 1 cup of skim milk to make up 3 carbs. Beans are another good one.
I really pay attention to labels and look for how much of something is roughly 15g of carbs. For instance, 1/4cup of the Monster trail mix from target is one carb choice. If you really have a sweet tooth and enjoy ice cream, the small single serving blue bunnies are 30g of carbs so 2 choices and a perfect snack occasionally.
If I'm out and about, I've found I'm usually safe with a salad with breaded chicken or if it has grilled chicken I need to add some chips or bread or a piece of fruit with the salad. Chik-Fil-a's cool chicken wrap is 30g of carbs I do that and add one more carb choice (fruit, 15 chips, etc).
I do try to avoid cereal in the morning because my nutritionist said a lot of women have trouble with cereal in the morning for some reason and it causes spikes but I will add 1/2 cup of life as a carb choice for one of my snacks occasionally later in the day. I also try to have some source of protein at every meal/snack. That's why I like the greek yogurt. I also have cheese sticks and cottage cheese quite often. Cheese and crackers is another good snack with the crackers being 1-2 carb choices depending how many you have.
I hope this helps a little.
I did an experiment tonight and had 2 slices of pizza for dinner. I checked an hour after, and I was at 120. Expecting to be lower in another hour. How can this be diabetes? I'm excited to talk to my OB on Monday and try to get out of this situation. Lol.