So far, my pregnancy has been relatively free of challenges. I had very little morning sickness, have not had a lot of headaches, pain, or any other irritations or complications. Last week I went for a standard Glucose Challenge Test, and my result came back one value above “normal”. This Monday, I am going for a 3-hour Glucose Tolerance Test, to see if I possibly have Gestational Diabetes – which is not necessarily a very bad thing for the pregnancy, but can be a predictor of my chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
WOW. This really kind of came at me out of left field. Here I am, a nutritionist, who learned all about these tests, and diets to manage blood glucose, but never imagined that I would be the one living it. I am hoping that my values come back normal on Monday, but at least I feel I am armed with my knowledge to make changes that I need to if I am predisposed. It truly goes to show that sometimes, you think you are doing (mostly) all the right things, but there can always be other factors at play. And also – no one is perfect, no one is completely immune to issues.
If nothing else, I felt a bit of a kick in the pants to take a bit of a closer look at my diet of recent days, hence the oatmeal breakfast pictured above. Oatmeal with apples and raisins and cinnamon – which is pretty good as far as glycemic index goes (foods with low-medium G.I. values are what people prone to high blood glucose issues need to focus on) – and the cinnamon has been shown to be helpful in managing blood glucose levels. And of course, it tastes great, and was relatively quick to make – what have I got to lose by taking those extra 10 minutes?