Just a quick recap…A few weeks ago, I < barely> failed my first glucose test. My OB-GYN and I assumed the high number was a fluke (and likely caused by the ton of fruit and some chocolate I had eaten right before the test). I found out last week that it wasn’t a fluke because I failed the 3-hr test (which requires fasting).
So what does this mean for me? I am now on a strict diet and starting today, will be checking my sugar levels 4x/day (when I first wake up and 2 hours after each meal) to ensure that I can keep the numbers in check. If I can do that, then I will not need any medication.
My primary OB-GYN (midwife) has shown some concern about the diet given my lack of weight gain recently. At my last appointment, I had put on a total of 16 pounds (about 6 pounds less than I had put on by this point in my first pregnancy). And I actually have lost a bit of weight the last few weeks. Note: I believe that the loss of weight is likely tied to my lack of exercise – six weeks of ZERO running has caused my muscle mass in my legs to decrease). However, my midwife is concerned because the diet I need to follow severely limits what my diet mostly consists of – fruit and carbohydrates. So I need to closely monitor my weight as well to ensure that it doesn’t start drastically dipping.
Finding out that I had GD was a MAJOR shock and a knock to my self-esteem. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had always thought that only unhealthy, inactive or overweight females developed GD (which I learned is totally NOT true). You are at a higher risk of developing GD if you:
- Have a family history of diabetes (only one that pertains to me -> my mom’s dad had diabetes)
- Gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds or had a birth defect
- Have high blood pressure
- Have too much amniotic fluid
- Have had an unexplained miscarriage or stillbirth
- Were overweight before your pregnancy
- Do not exercise
I met with a high-risk OB-GYN Tuesday for my initial consultation. After speaking to him, I learned a bit more about GD. First, while women who fall into one of the above categories are at a higher risk, it’s very common for a normal weight, active female to develop it.
Secondly, my OB-GYN believes that the reason I developed GD is likely connected to my inability to run or exercise for the last six weeks. I took BOTH tests during my hiatus from running. According to my doctor, my body is used to metabolizing food a certain way with the presence of exercise (given that I have been running 4-6x/week for the last 10 years). So when I completely stopped running (or exercising/walking/biking), my body got confused and all out of whack and didn’t know how to metabolize food the way it normally does. (Note: I didn’t change my diet in any way when I was inactive for those six weeks). The sudden lack of exercise coupled with pregnancy likely caused my case of GD.
Talk about a double whammy. So not only can I not run, but my lack of running is now affecting my health? Awesome.
But don’t worry – there is some good news in this post! Today is the second day that I have had a successful gym workout. Yesterday I biked for 30 minutes (6.5 miles) – pain free. Today, I biked for an hour (12 miles) and ran 1 mile – all pain-free.
I’m extremely hopeful that the diet and exercise will keep those numbers below the set amount. Fingers crossed!
Did you have / know anyone who had GD when you/they were pregnant?
Did the diet keep their numbers in check?