Thursday, March 12, 2009

Living with GD

Last week, I went to the high-risk OB's office to see the nutritionist about my GD. She gave me a very strict low-carb diet that I am to follow and I have to test my blood sugar 4 times a day. I asked whether I needed insulin, she said the doctor will re-asses after she sees the results of my blood sugar tests in a couple of weeks. She kept reassuring me that the testing won't hurt much and it's just a small needle until she looked at my file and saw that I had done IVF at which point she admitted that this should be a walk in the park for me.

I also had a growth scan which showed that the little one is on schedule with her size in the 55 percentile. The doctor said that if I manage to keep my blood sugar in check, my pregnancy should progress as though I don't have GD at all. That was a relief!

It all went well, until I actually tried to follow the diet. The first few days were brutal! I was hungry all the time and had no energy whatsoever. I couldn't even think straight. My job performance suffered, I almost got into car accidents, it was horrible! Not wanting to be a nag I was determined to hold off until my next appointment which was today. Fortunately by Tuesday, I had started to feel better, I think my body was relearning how to make use of protein for energy instead of easily accessible sugars and carbs.

Anyway, at my appointment today, the nutritionist said since my sugar levels seem to be well under control, I can start experimenting with modification to my diet and add carbs back in to see how my body does. That's such a relief! Although I am still slave to the needle (gulcose testing needle) that is, I seem to have regained some control over the situation.


Peeveme said...

It sounds like so much to deal with but I am glad you are adjusting. It wont be forever.

Evil Stepmonster said...

Good for you. You sound like you have everything under control already. If anyone tried to take my carbs away from me at the moment I think I would kill them!

Jess said...

Sounds like you're doing great...nice job!! I'm really impressed!! Hang in there! :)

Evil Stepmonster said...

How are you going Joonie? Any news yet?

Paranoid said...

Hi Joonie,

Just checking in to see if you're ok. I think by now, you're a mom (I hope I hope). Anyway, hope all is well.

2roads said...

Can't help but worry. How are you???