Today I hit 27 weeks in my pregnancy with Sprout. I am only 3 weeks away from the time in my pregnancy with Nugget in which she made her appearance. Having had both gestational diabetes and preeclampsia with her, as well as a single artery umbilical card, she became stressed and delivery at 30 weeks was our only option.
The closer I get to 30 weeks this pregnancy the more anxious I get. I have been keeping a close eye on my blood sugars, since around 14 weeks of pregnancy. I failed the early 1 hour gloucose by 1 point and decided to opt out the 3 hour. My doctor told me I would probably pass it, but I was not comfortable leaving it like that.
So I requested strips and a meter to start checking my blood sugars 4 times a day. Boy am I glad I did. My blood sugar numbers had been all over the place, and at about 18 weeks I was put on a low dose of medication for gestational diabetes.
I was stressed and feeling guilty about having been diagnosed with gestational diabetes early on and having to go on medication. After talking with my doctor, and many other moms, I realized it’s nothing I was doing and stress was only going to make things worse. So, I got serious about what I have been eating and have been trying to staying healthier this pregnancy.
So far things feel a lot different this time around. I was miserable my last pregnancy. I didn’t enjoy it at all, but this go round I feel loads better, and I actually am enjoying the pregnancy. A big thanks for that goes to the fact that I have kept a more watchful eye on my blood sugar, my diet, and making myself be more physically active.
Even though medication has also helped with my pesky high numbers, I doesn’t not mean I can go crazy with what I eat. I still have to keep a close eye on what foods I am eating to keep my numbers in check.
So what do I eat to help keep my gestational diabetes in control?
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor a nutritionist. I am only sharing what I have found that is working for me at keeping my blood sugar numbers in check, while also keeping baby healthy. Please do your own research and definitely talk with your doctor and nutritionist before making any changes to your diet and physical activity level.
I Eat a high protein breakfast
Mornings and after breakfast has been the most difficult time for me with controlling my numbers. I have found that I really can not eat any carbs that early in the day. So my usually go to breakfast of a granola bar, banana, cereal, or bagel was out the window. I basically eat eggs every morning with a side of meat such as a sausage patty or a few bacon strips. I have found that I can eat a few strawberries with this and my numbers stay down.
Lunch is usually a sandwich or leftovers
Before I got pregnant my day usually consisted of snacking on whatever I could pull out the pantry or get my hands on that day. Now I have to make sure I stop and eat a proper lunch. Most days it will consist of leftovers from dinner, but if the Hubby takes those or there were not any left overs I will usually eat a sandwich.
For my sandwiches I choose 100% Whole Gain Bread and load it up with meat. I typically will eat a grilled ham and cheese, and love the convenience of buying a rotisserie chicken to eat in sandwiches or salads throughout the week.
Another favorite lunch is to mix up some tuna and mayo for an easy sandwich and pair it with a giant pickle, or some veggies and hummus, for a quick and filling lunch.
Dinner has the most variety for me
I keep the freezer stocked up with crockpot meals. Our favorites are southwest chicken or chicken fajitas. I can eat them on lettuce for a low/no carb option, while the hubby can eat his in a tortilla.
Since the hubby grew up with an Italian grandmother, pasta is a must for him. If I stick to 100% whole wheat pasta I can have a little at dinner without it sending my numbers over, but if you want to stay away for carbs I suggest giving zoodles (zucchini noodles) a try. We have both grown to love these with many of our favorite Italian dishes. I use this Spiral Vegetable Slicer (aff link) to make them and I LOVE it.
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Other nights we stick to a meat, such as meat loaf or marinated grilled chicken with a side of peas, green beans, or corn. You can also check out my previous post on How I Make My Guilt Free Pizza for another quick and easy dinner option.
For snacks I typically stick to fruit and cheese
I also love low fat high protein vanilla Greek yogurt with a spoonful of any type of nut butter. I love ice cream and this satisfies my craving for it, but will not cause my numbers to go through the roof.
For on the go I carry around a container of roasted peanuts or protein bars in my purse. This keeps me from stopping to pick up fast food, but gives me a pick me up I need until I can get home for lunch or dinner.
Now I am not saying I am good and perfect all the time. Cravings hit me and I can not avoid them all together. When that happens I try to limit how much of something I do have. I will also try to get more physically active afterwards. This could be as simple as just getting up off my butt to straightening things around the house with some sweeping and vacuuming, to putting on my walking shoes and getting on the treadmill.