gestational diabetes happens to about 4% of pregnant women (i think that is roughly the stat). usually risk factors include being overweight, a family history of type 2 diabetes, and age. i have none of these things, so my diagnosis is one of those random chances that happens to those who aren't expecting it. BOO. I really felt like i failed my baby boy, but i was assured there was nothing that i have done or could do to prevent my condition. the condition also puts me at a higher risk of getting type two diabetes in the future.
two days ago i met with a dietitian and a nurse who explained to me what this whole situation entails. i have a diet plan that requires me to measure out primarily my carbs, but also proteins, and fats. it is time consuming and takes a lot of planning, but in the end, i pretty much eat the exact same things i was always eating... it actually feels like i have to eat more than what i would normally eat. i talk to the dietitian again next week and we may tweak the menu plan a little bit.
i also have to check my blood sugar levels 4 times a day now with a glucometer. once when i wake up, then two hours after each meal. the poker hurts a little, but the pain doesn't last, and so far i my blood sugar levels have been well within the recommended range.
here is my glucometer kit.
all in all it isn't so bad... but i know that when we go to Hawaii next week (the plan is that i am still going at this point) i will definitely run into some obstacles at restaurants. we'll see how that goes.
here is my 29 week picture. i know i have said this before, but how can my belly get any bigger???