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Pregnancy issues: Day 4 of monitoring

About two weeks back her OBGYN found out that This Girl was glucose tolerant and she was sent home to monitor her blood levels twice weekly for two weeks. As blogged before, Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 passed with little fanfare, if with a lil confusion over her generally low glucose levels.

Today was the fourth monitoring day.

Pre (before meals) reading should be between 4.4-5.5 mmo/L

Post (two hrs after meals) reading should be between 5.5-6.6 mmol/L

And here are her results and meals for the day:

Test #1: Pre breakfast test = 3.8 mmol/L

Test #2: Post breakfast test = 4.2 mmol/L

Test #3: Pre lunch test = 4.4 mmol/L

Lunch: Chinese “fat meat + chestnuts” with rice

Test #4: Post lunch test = 5.0 mmol/L

Snack: Yam cake + juice

Test #5: Pre dinner test = 4.3 mmol/L

Dinner: Went to Macs and packed away a McNuggets meal

Test #6: Post dinner test = 5.8 mmol/L

Snack: Chips, jelly + small pack noodles

Test #7: Four hrs after dinner = 5.6 mmol/L

1. Monitoring blood sugar levels SEVEN times a day gets better with each day

When This Girl was first told to monitor her glucose levels a whopping seven times a day she almost baulked. She was no cinderella but she didn’t particularly want to be sleeping beauty seven times a day. The Father did it years ago when he was first diagnosed with Type II diabetes, so she knew the ropes of how these things were done. The first day was exciting. The second day put her guard up even if the pricks itself weren’t particularly painful but getting the timing right took a little work. The third day she got better at wrapping the testing around her day as supposed to the other way around. This fourth day she simply took her kit with her.

2. Eating healthier is easier and yummier than she thought

So, she’s not really had jasmine rice much, or white bread save for the tiny slice at lunch via a garlic bread. She’s also not eaten an Oreo since, or a famous amos cookie since. And funny how it is, The Boy has also pretty much adopted her eating habits and has found himself feeling slimmer and healthier. Their stash of potato chips have been relegated to the back of their snack drawer, instead, they’ve renewed their love for yoghurt with fresh fruit. Something they’ve always loved but, well, unhealthy snacks always seem more appetizing.

3. She’s got more energy but needs to rest more

As the third trimester unfolds and she gets heavier, bigger and more fatigued, she quite grateful for the “slightly more energy” that this new healthier diet has given her. Her diet hasn’t really changed much but the lessened empty carbs and sugars and more fiber, fruit and liquids have done her some modicum of good.

pregnancy issues: Day 3 of monitoring

This girl has been told to monitor her glucose level twice weekly these two weeks. The first two days passed with little incident.

Day 1 was a little confusing with her levels generally being way lower than the normal boundaries. She didn’t know if it meant she was eating badly or needed more sugar in her diet.

Day 2 was a little better. Firstly she was a little less confused with her low readings. She’s had time to read up on glucose indexes and glucose levels. And yes, while her levels are lower than most (the normal range) its most likely because she’s kept a relatively sugar/empty carb diet since The Father’s diabetic and the whole family really doesn’t really use much sugar in her diet.

Today was the third of four days she needed to monitor and chart for her OBGYN.

Pre (before meals) reading should be between 4.4-5.5 mmo/L

Post (two hrs after meals) reading should be between 5.5-6.6 mmol/L

And here are her results and meals for the day:

Test #1: Pre breakfast test = 3.6 mmol/L (way low)

Test #2: Post breakfast test = 4.2 mmol/L (way low)

Test #3: Pre lunch test = 4.2 mmol/L (way low)

Lunch: Japanese omelette (fish cake + ham) + raspberries + kit kat

Test #4: Post lunch test = 5.0 mmol/L (low)

Snack: Fruits + biscuits + yoghurt

Test #5: Pre dinner test = 4.2 mmol/L (low but ok)

Test #6: Post dinner test = 5.8 mmol/L (low end acceptable)

Snack: Random small snacks from around the house- This Girl was hungry.

Test #7: Four hrs after dinner = 4.1 mmol/L (low-ish)

1. Feeling healthier through the pregnancy fatigue and insomnia

As this last trimester unfolds, This Girl, like many other expectant mothers, feel the fatigue of the weight, the growing size and the “longness” of being pregnant. This Girl is already on a countdown to becoming un-pregnant. The healthier, or perhaps, more accurately, more aware eating habits of slightly more dietary fiber, fruits and water has made This Girl feel a lot healthier. Of course, she’s also been making an extra effort to attend all her yoga classes and walking more (but not too much!) to up her exercise since its supposed to be good for her.

2. Not much diet change, just smarter grocery choices

The truth is, while being slightly more mindful and aware, This Girl has not really changed her diet much. The Kitchen now stocks:

  • Japanese rice instead of jasmine rice -convenient since their stash of jasmine rice was almost done anyway.
  • Wholemeal bread (with fruit and grain) instead of normal white bread
  • Less “empty sugar” snacks- The Boy now snacks on fruit instead (his colon says YAY!)
  • Less colas and soft drinks, more sugar-free and not from concentrate fruit juice (they usually have a stash anyway)
  • More salad and home roasted vegetables (expanded repertoire from the weekly batch they usually make)

3. Life of eating low sugar

The Father was diagnosed with Type II diabetes many years ago. When that happen, The Mother essentially switched ALL of them to a low sugar diet. Sure, the rest of them were more lax than The Father with snacking, sodas and other sweets; but mostly they pretty much cut sugar from their diet. They only bought sugar-free juice, always had a huge stash of fruit in the fridge, ate more meat, shied away from too much carb (albeit being Asian) and went for hot pot, boiled, un-fried alternatives if they could. Even when The Mother made Bird’s Nest, it was sugarfree or with very, very minimal sugar. Cooking at home, to say the least, was always sugar-free. They ate so little sugar, they never had a sugar container, just a box of sugar packets which would last them forever.

The fact that This Girl functions normally with such low sugar levels is from the years of “low sugar” eating. Most people with such low sugar levels would be hypoglycemic and half-fainting most of the time. She- and indeed, probably The Princess and The Prefect too- avoid it so simply because they’ve been used to such a diet. So, while being glucose intolerant, her normal diet already manages her risk very well; thankfully.

pregnancy issues: Day 2 of monitoring

For the first time in This Girl’s life she’s eating three square healthy meals. No real choice seeing how she’s got to find a system, no less to monitor and manage her gestational diabetes. All through the pregnancy she’s been eating, sometimes more often than others, relatively healthy and more regular than her non-pregnant days. But never this regular. And she’s surprised that she’s quite enjoying it. And she’s been feeling healthier actually.

Her diet hasn’t really changed much. She’s thrashed white bread for wholegrain ones (sunshine fruit and grain) and not touched a single Oreo cookie even as a few pieces sit and mock her in the fridge. The Boy will eat them, he says. She’s still been able to eat a few pieces of Kit Kat here and there so life is still good. And of course, she learnt Nutella is low GI so there’s always that.

She’s also given up potat o , mainly chips since she’s not so much for potato-potato. Its not been such a big deal, really, she’s also realized. Zweiback alerted This Girl to the knowledge that she could still eat Pretz which she loves as an alternative to her other big snack love, Pocky. So, thankfully, life is going to be ok.

Pre (before meals) reading should be between 4.4-5.5 mmo/L

Post (two hrs after meals) reading should be between 5.5-6.6 mmol/L

And here are her results and meals for the day:

Test #1: Pre breakfast test = 3.9 mmol/L (low)

Test #2: Post breakfast test = 4.6 mmol/L (way low)

Test #3: Pre lunch test = 4.5 mmol/L (low end acceptable)

Lunch: Teriyaki pork belly with tofu + ribena + bird’s nest

Test #4: Post lunch test = 3.4 mmol/L (way low)

Snack: Kit Kat + juice + blueberries

Test #5: Pre dinner test = 4.5 mmol/L (low end acceptable)

Dinner: Chilli Padi mee siam + Salmon curry + rich chocolate cake

Test #6: Post dinner test = 5.4 mmol/L (low)

Test #7: Four hrs after dinner = 3.9 mmol/L (low)

1. Being pregnant means adding some 400 more calories to one’s daily diet.

This Girl has usually added the “extra calories” via snacks, soups, fruits and biscuits. Since This Girl had taken Oreos out of her diet and been cutting down on jasmine rice, potatoes and other overtly high GI foods, she’s forgotten to “replace” the lost calories that had come from these high GI foods she used to eat.

2. Low GI snacks are yummy

Its funny how one discovers yummy things. This Girl has fallen in love with raspberries and blueberries all over again, these small “sweet lumps” are so easy to snack on. Also, she’s finding she really likes (wholegrain) bread with peanut butter and nutella. In fact, when she made them, The Boy promptly went on to eat half of her share.

3. Cutting down on grocery bills

Since This Girl and The Boy started being more mindful on the food they buy and consume, they’ve seen their grocery bill shrunk significantly. Sure, since they buy more japanese food (which is more expensive than local/general stuff) but it usually goes a long way.

contemplating food

Since they discovered this girl had gestational diabetes The Boy and This Girl has spent a fair bit of time scrutinizing their eating habits and grocery lists. They’ve also done a fair bit of research on food, their glycemic index and learnt to design a glucose healthy diet- that still allows her to eat chocolate.

The Glycemic Index or GI diet (Extracted from here)

GI stands for Glycemic Index and is a measure of the impact of food on your blood sugar. Foods with a high GI tend to quickly raise your body’s blood sugar levels, by contrast foods with a low GI will raise them more slowly and over a longer period.

Eating lots of high GI foods has two disadvantages: The rush of energy given by high GI foods does not last and is soon followed by an energy lull. So you get hungry and want to eat more. Also, after eating high GI foods you will have a lot of readily available energy in your blood. Your body will use this energy first rather then other stores of energy like body fat. This makes it harder to lose weight.

Then came a period of confusion over the many “food terms;” in particular, she got mild thrown off between measuring carbs, calories, fat and glycemic index (GI). In her head, chocolate- being fattening and sweet- should be bad for her. Turns out Nutella (her favourite) has a low GI rating of 33. Zweiback who knows far more about food than she does, managed to straighten her out somewhat.

GI measures how much one’s body needs to “work” to process the sugar in a particular food. Not all food have GI ratings.

Calories measures how much energy one’s body needs to breakdown a particular food. All food have calorie ratings. Some food, interestingly have negative calorie rating, meaning, the calories provided by a particular food is less than the energy the body exerts to process it.

To put things in context for you, food can be split into four groups:

No-low GI: food that has close to no glucose, like meats.

Low GI: food that causes little sugar level rise (less sugar to breakdown)

Mid GI: food that has moderate sugar levels (has some sugar to breakdown)

High GI food: food that has high sugar levels (a lot of sugar to breakdown)

Loads more can be learnt here and The official Glycemic Index page place even has a search engine here so you can check the GI ratings on various foods. The one page she did print out was this.

Edit: Finally found the draft and uploaded her 2009 year in review.

Third Trimester Pregnancy: When it does Start, symptoms, diet and Exercise

Every pregnant woman is excited to have a new born baby. However, pregnancy levels may sometimes be physically and emotionally challenging. The most thrilling part is the so-called third trimester pregnancy. Woman may also experience discomfort feeling, especially when they are suffering several third trimester symptoms. The third trimester pregnancy usually begins from 27 up to week 40. For better understanding, simply take the following as your guide.

The last trimester in pregnancy involves several changes, including physically transformation. A pregnant woman usually increases weight rapidly and always feels tired. They also experience sleeping trouble, hypertension, indigestion and other health issues. Once you experienced these symptoms of third trimester pregnancy, you have to consult your doctor as soon as possible and follow a healthy diet plan. Your doctor will provide you an immediate diagnosis and recommend some medications and tips.

To ensure that your baby is in good hands, taking third trimester scan is also advisable. There you can identify if your baby grows normally or with growth issues. Doctors, however, may also recommend additional scans, depending on your baby’s condition. You are also obliged to undergo another scan if your baby is not moving or in the breech position and if you are carrying twins or more babies. Mostly, scan is advisable to all women who have a complicated pregnancy condition, especially during third trimester pregnancy.

Third Trimester Pregnancy Diet Plan and Exercise

What will you do if you are on the stage of third trimester pregnancy? To have a nutritious baby and body condition, regular exercise and healthy diet is completely required. During your third trimester pregnancy , constant exercise will assists you to maintain in shape for labor. If your size keeps on increasing, you might find it hard to move freely. The typical examples of healthy exercises include water aerobics, swimming and walking. When it comes to pregnancy care third trimester, eating a balanced and nutritious meal is also needed. This will make you and your baby physically and mentally fit.

During your 37 th week of pregnancy, adequate rest is also advisable. Your baby may bump or kick, making it harder to find a relaxed resting position. The third trimester pregnancy, on the other hand, also requires a complete careful movement. You have to become more conscious on your daily activity to prevent any unexpected issues. With these third trimester pregnancy tips, you are assured that you will never experience any problems during your labor. For better results, you can also take some medicines and other supplements with pregnancy diet.

Furthermore, taking medicines during 7 th month of pregnancy is quite risky, especially when it is not prescribed by doctors. To prevent any issues during third trimester pregnancy, you have to follow all the recommendations provided by specialists. To survive the third trimester pregnancy, it is recommended to take pre-natal classes at any hospitals. You also need to enjoy the last few days of life without a baby. Once your baby arrives, it will never be so much easy to go to a movie theater or hand-out with your friends. You have to spend too much with your baby to ensure its healthy condition.

Pregnancy Diet Plan Relates to First to Last Trimester

Diet plan is essential for any type of health issue, so it is very sensitive and hot issue that how to plan the diet of a pregnant women. So pregnancy food plan is essential for every women that to be fit and make herself batter in these days of pregnancy mean that in giving the birth to new born baby it is essential to make a batter diet that coming baby grow or be healthy.

Here we have some plans of health for the women are going through this period:

Here are three stages of the diet plan that a women should carry in her different stages. First stage is known as first term plan.

First trimester pregnancy diet plan:

First trimester diet plan is usually carry in the early days of pregnancy that is when you just know that there is something disorder in your periods so as u come to know that you are going to birth a baby u should start the first trimester plan. First term diet plan consist of dishes which are rich and contain high amount of fluorite. Fluorite is helpful for the nerves system of the baby so it is essential to take food rich of floaters, it also contain that the food choice should contain vitamin B6 which is very helpful in the case of nausea or feeling of vomit. There is also an essential in first term diet is iron that keep u well as your body weight is increasing so it keep you maintained.

Second trimester diet plan:

In second term pregnancy food plan we have a change in diet, second term diet starts at the edge of first month that is as the first month complete the diet transfer to the second term. In this term the lady have to take the dishes that are rich in vitamin D and women need rich amount of calcium because at this stage the start to hatch his bones so calcium is essential for the baby. Calcium is also good for the teeth formation and development of baby. Dishes contain omega 3 fatty acid is also necessary for the second stage pregnancy which is important for the brain development of the baby. The foods contain vitamin A are also need to make u safer and healthy.

In third trimester pregnancy diet plan women could have mood swings or other type of physiological issues because in this trimester the baby is grown up a bit more and make his final stages for the birth so In this staged we suggest that the food must contain the high amount of energy and a booster food that fulfill the energy requirement as needed.

There are also foods that contain vitamin K that is helpful for the blood to clot. Vitamin k is also helpful for the birth breast feeding.

Pregnancy 3rd trimester diet

You may desire to begin spending time talking to your infant and strategy ahead for the due date. Divert your ideas into the planning process of choosing a health care service provider for your infant and a healthcare facility for your child’s birth. The 3rd trimester is as soon as again a small amount challenging for the expecting mommy. It benefits you and the growth of your child.

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You may not have the ability to consume a full meal at a time because your belly is being pushed by the enlarged uterus, so you can divide it into smaller sized meals. You have to consume food that will certainly enhance your energy and provide a minimum of 1,000 milligrams of Calcium every day. Energy increasing food can be fruits, cheese, baked beans, peanut butter, etc. Vitamin K is very important for the birthing of your youngster and breastfeeding. It assists the blood to clot. Examples of Vitamin K rich foods are watercress, melon, wholemeal bread, green beans, wholegrain and broccoli.

Given that, you will certainly be able to walk around less, you will certainly be more vulnerable to acid indigestion. For that reason, cut down on coffee and spicy food. Snacking can help as you will certainly require an extra 200 calories every day during this trimester. You require even more energy in the 3rd trimester to stay up to date with your body. The child growing within you needs a lot of nutrition too. It may become hard to digest three entire meals in a day, which is why healthy snacking in between meals is advised. Right here are meal plans to obtain you through the last trimester of your maternity.

Sources of information:

Pregnancy Diet Plan Relates to First to Last Trimester

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