12 weeks, with GD... concerns and advice

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12 weeks, with GD... concerns and advice
Mon, 07-14-2014 - 1:50pm

3yrs and one miscarriage later, i'm just about 12 weeks pregnant with our first child. Went for a 3-hr glucose test because i was pre-diabetic. FAILED it. Now I'm worried about how that'll affect this pregnancy. I'm already having a hard time finding enough to eat-let alone healthy things to eat, with all of these other "this will harm the baby so don't eat it, or microwave it" food threats. I thought I was doing good with limiting the amount of sugars and breads, and increasing my fruits and veggies, but I guess not enough. Now I have to count my carbs AND I'm the pickiest eater there is.

Plus I'm overweight, so my body is accustomed to more food to fill me up. (Which may mean i'm actually just PLAIN diabetic now, not just GD) AND I HATE whole grains! And there are not too many veggies I like. Also, I've been eating fruit, but I guess that's not good to eat in the mornings. I'm at a loss as to what to eat now. How can I eat eggs every morning? And on whole wheat bread?! Forget it. Just the smell of whole wheat bread turns my stomach--even before i was pregnant. And I'm not into eating tofu, or hummus, or avocado, or sprouts, or whole grain pastas, or brown rice, any type of beans. All are gross. And now to have to limit potatoes and corn! Man, those are like the only two veggies i enjoy eating!

I barely eat enough calories as it is because I can't find enough things to eat. a handful of nuts is NOT going to fill me up either!

I've researched and read so many "diabetes diet meal plans" and they all contain the above-mentioned foods that i cannot stand eating. Why would I want plain oatmeal and plain yogurt for breakfast? Talk about eating cardboard. And it doesn't make it taste better if I add blueberries or strawberries because I can't stand fruit in/on things.

Avocado salad with mixed greens and light dressing for lunch... please! Even if I could somehow plug my nose and swallow that down, it would not fill me up at all.

I tried getting used to brown rice and would have tilapia, but now the sight of either of those makes my stomach turn.

I want a meal plan that tells me that it's 'okay' to eat a piece of regular rye toast, or original english muffin with an egg and cheese. I want a meal plan that tells me it's okay to eat ritz crackers as a snack. Or a meal plan that tells me I can make a chicken quesadilla for dinner on a regular flour tortilla and that'd be OK. That eating honey nut cheerios or frosted flakes would be OK to eat. That making chicken with brocolli in white rice is OK to eat. That the occassional hamburger is OK to eat. Because there is only so much HEALTHY that I can convince myself to get down without gagging. And how can anyone eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies. I barely convinced myself to get down TWO a day.

Who has time to prepare all of these "heatlhy" foods, anyway!? It takes a lot out of my day to now have to microwave my lunch meat before eating it. You think I have time to cut up veggies and fruit and make a salad? Or make a smoothy in the morning? I can barely make an egg before it's time to head to work. Not to mention it is REALLY hard for me to eat right when I wake up--even harder to eat something I'm not used to eating.

Anyone else feel the same way or am I in this boat alone? I got myself in this predicament, and I know I have to face the consequences of my actions, and I know the heatlh of my baby should trump any of my issues, but it's really hard being a picky eater. I can't just all of a sudden start liking healthy foods!

Thank you for letting me vent, and hope that some others might have some "normal" food suggestions--or tell me that I don't need to go full-health nut crazy to make this work.

(p.s. i know I need to add exercise -that's a huge hurdle for me, but I know it plays an important role and couldeven  be my main problem-and solution)

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 07-14-2014 - 3:43pm

Congratulations on your pregnancy. I suggest that you have some sessions with a nutritionist/dietician who can help formulate a meal plan that meets the demands of your pregnant body and the diabetes. As for being a picky eater and not liking most of the healthy foods that are suggested, maybe the nutritionist can give you some alternatives but the bottom line is that you're going to need to retrain your palate and expand your tastes. You'll do it for yourself now just like you'll be doing it later for your child, because as a mom you'll want to do the right thing for your child. Some of it is psychological, you can stop telling yourself how you hate this and that makes you gag, and instead tell yourself that you are going going to try a taste of something new everyday--just like you will when you baby is a toddler and you're teaching him to like different foods.

As for time, start practicing efficiency and planning. Use the weekend to cut up veggies, cook meals and freeze them, portion out your snack foods. These are things done by many moms who work full time. Once the baby arrives you'll know what "no time" really looks like!

Keep reminding yourself that all of this is for the sake of your baby. Your child deserves to have a healthy mom, deserves to grow up with a healthy weight, deserve the increased brainpower from good nutrition. You CAN do this. Good luck.

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Registered: 06-30-2014
Thu, 07-17-2014 - 4:39pm

I was diagnosed at 28 weeks, and  it was more difficult at first than it is now (I'm just over 39w and due ANY day now!) I was STARVING at first, but my body seems to have adjusted, and I've been able to slow down my weight gain, which I know I'll appreciate when I start trying to lose the baby weight!

I've found some foods that work well for me. One is 2 slices of light wheat toast with peanut butter for breakfast every morning. It might not give everyone good numbers, but it does for me, and I look forward to it.

I'm not a huge meat eater, so that's been hard for me. I've added in Atkins products, which don't taste too bad, give me added protein, and help me stay on track. I have one of the treats for my snacks, and the shakes are only 4g carbs and I think 15g protein! I've also been eating tons of peanut butter and cheese.

I am a CARBAHOLIC and I love me some pasta, so that's been hard. It's hard to stay on the diet, but my baby is healthier and so am I, and I keep that in my mind! Soon enough, I'll be able to eat more carbs again.

This is also a wake-up call for me to continue to work out and eat healthier post-pregnancy so I don't develop type II later. That thought also motivates me!

My dietician suggested going for a walk after meals which helps keep your numbers lower, especially if you have a little "cheat".

Try some Facebook support groups! One I am in is Gestational Diabetes Mamas, and the girls there always post different meal and snack ideas!