Friday, May 25, 2012

Gestational Dia...What!?


For the last few weeks, I have been struggling to make healthy food choices. Things in my personal life have been challenging and I have been turning toward food to comfort me. This week I decided that I want to get back on track and begin to make better food choices throughout the remainder of my pregnancy.

Even though this is something I decided, it is still hard to put it into action! Making healthy food choices is not easy, especially when you lack the motivation to do it.

Two days ago, I received the motivational kick in the pants that I needed. On Wednesday, May 23rd, I had my glucose test. The results came back showing that I did not pass. What!? How could I not pass? My score was supposed to be 130 or under and I was 133.

Initially, this news was very upsetting to me, because I wanted to pass my test and not have to worry about this anymore. However, if I had passed my test, I would have missed out on this opportunity to renew my motivation and determination to make healthy food choices throughout my pregnancy.

Thankfully, my doctor is not going to make me take the 3 hour glucose test! I just barely missed the mark and he does not think I have gestational diabetes. However, just to be sure I need to track my blood sugar levels three times over the next three weeks. In three weeks I will go back to see my doctor. At that time he will review the levels I've recorded and see where we should go from here.

I'm not going to wait three weeks to get this issue under control. I've been looking up "gestational diabetes" on What to Expect When You're Expecting and Baby Center. These websites have great articles that explained gestational diabetes to me and how I can prevent it. My plan is to just live like I do have gestational diabetes until I am told otherwise.

In order to prevent or control gestational diabetes, you need to watch what you eat and exercise. These are both things that I can do! I am going to do my best to avoid sweets as much as I can and focus on making healthier food choices. This isn't going to be easy, but I want to have a healthy baby!

A healthy lifestyle isn't just about the physical side of things. I've spent some time praying and asking God to forgive me for my emotional eating. I know that in order to make these healthy choices I need a strength that is far greater than my own. I am praying that God will give me His strength to do this for the next 14 weeks and beyond!

If you are struggling to find motivation I would just encourage to spend time with the Lord and talk to Him about your situation. It was my plan to pass my test, but God had other things in mind. I am so thankful that even though I failed, God is using this situation for good!!

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."  - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)


Cotton Blossom said...

Love your attitude, that will go a long way in helping you to not get gest..... I too will pray that you overcome this hurdle. Phillipians 4:13, I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me....

Ang said...

Lucky you for not having to do the 3 hour test. I had to do it and it was awful. Luckily I didn't have diabetes but it did give me the kick I needed to eat better. Best of luck to you! I love your blog it is very inspirational.

Cindy Charlton-Matejka said...

I failed my first gestational test too. I passed the three hour one (yuck). Bring LOTS to read. If you have any questions, know you can email me.

Anonymous said...

Good for you taking charge of your health for you and your baby. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving the encouraging comment.

Ann said...

i found your blog and have been reading on and off for awhile...i wanted you to know that i had gestational diabetes with my 2nd and third child. they did not know with my second (9 lb baby!), but did with my third (6 lb baby!), so i am thankful for you that they know and are watching. as i started my third pregnancy, i ate as if i DID have gestational diabetes, and it made ALL the difference, especially when i did fail the test, b/c i was already making good choices. my 2nd baby was a csec b/c of size, but b/c of my good choices with my 3rd, i had a vbac and a much healthier weight gain on my part (and the baby's!). it's been awhile since i had my three children, but if i can help in anyway, let me know! all the best!

Carla's Inspirations said...

Thank you for this post. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for over a year and my doctor has told me I need to lose weight if I want that to happen. God can give me the strength to eat right and exercise. I attend weight watcher's but I haven't been tracking my eating like I should. Need to get back to that.


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