One of the “pleasures” of pregnancy is the gestational diabetes test. Between week 24 and 29 you get to drink a glucose solution to see how your body reacts with insulin.
I passed, no problem when pregnant with Caitlyn.
I was surprised when I was pregnant with Sue when I failed the 1 hour glucose tolerance test and had to go for the three hour test. And after drinking that nasty concoction, I was subjected to several hours of blood draws so they could see how my body responded to the glucose. It turned out, one of the hours my body did not provide enough insulin to counteract the sugar in the appropriate time. I then had to meet with a nurse to learn how to test my sugar levels and follow a special diet for the remainder of my pregnancy.
I was heartbroken. I felt like my body had betrayed me and like I had let myself down. My only risk factor was the extra weight I carried. I was scared at what it meant for my baby and what it could mean for my future, as gestational sugar issues can be a precursor to type 2 diabetes.
I followed the diet, my baby was not large, I kept my sugar in check and all issues disappeared once Sue was born.
Between Sue and this baby, I started jogging, going to the gym and lost not only the baby weight, but also an additional 15 pounds before I got pregnant again. I still carried 10 extra pounds, but I had done my darndest.
And I have kept going to the gym and walking while pregnant.
Last week it was time to do the 1 hour sugar test for this baby. My midwife and I had talked about my risk of sugar issues being raised because of having them with Sue, but that my one hope was I had lost all my baby weight plus some extra. I wanted to hope I would not need to do the extra tests and diet, but I just wasn’t confident.
Today I e-mailed my midwife to see how it had turned out…and I passed the test!!!!! I passed!!!!! I do not have to do additional testing and that is a good sign for my future risk of diabetes…let me say it again, I PASSED!!!!!
All that hard work between babies and while pregnant has paid big dividends!!!!! I cried, I was so excited, and sooooo motivated to continue exercising and making decent eating choices while pregnant.
My wonderful midwife put it best…”Great Job. Keep up the exercise.”Survive til you Thrive!