WHO ELSE feels like Mother Nature incarnate when they’re pregnant?!!! I know I do! And I wanted one last epic pregnancy costume (I was Juno with X) with this last pregnancy. I was looking forward to indulging in eating much of X’s “Trick-or-Treat” candy and scoring in the post-Halloween candy deals…but that’s not going to happen.
This pregnancy has been interesting…I did start off with a rather large BMI at 225lbs (I’m only 5’4) but unlike my pregnancy with Xavier where I was hungry all the time and craves nothing but crap this pregnancy I have been eating cleaner, lighter and mostly fruits and veggies. Unlike my first pregnancy where I gained 50lbs I have actually LOST 6 pounds this pregnancy. Also unlike my first pregnancy when I developed severe gall bladder issues, I got ride of the gall stones and the gall bladder itself in between pregnancies. I also since Xavier began walking walk with him at least once almost every day for 20 minutes or more each time.
So to recap:
- Eating cleaner
- More active
- Losing weight
- Gall bladderless
But guess what? After doing the two rounds of testing (drinking the McDonalds orange drink tasting syrupy juice and sitting in the lab while David watched X) I’ve been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes! I’ve gotta say, I didn’t think it would phase me but what I have learned about GD (other than the typical stuff you google) is that:
- Hospitals would now strongly suggest against a hospital birth
- The Civic Hospital in Ottawa insists on a anesthesiologist consultation
- Both myself and my baby are more likely to get diabetes later (and with David being a diabetic that doubles poor Felix’s risk)
- GD is caused by a defective placenta (the organ your body creates during pregnancy) which essentially does not process sugar properly and causes you and the baby create more insulin to make up
- Having GD statistically means having a larger, fatter baby (as does having your second+ baby) which then greatly increases the risk of needing to be induced or even needing a C-section as complications can arise with a big baby
I have to say that for weeks I was FREAKED. Luckily for me, following the GD diet as prescribed by the hospital (mostly making my meals smaller and more frequent and selecting the times I eat heavier/carb-i-er meals more carefully) the doctor says that my blood (which I have been testing twice daily) is not only good it’s AMAZING. Sooooo relieved!