Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The return of gestational diabetes

So I started this blog due to my history of gestational diabetes and then I got pregnant with our third child. In the first trimester I found the fatigue overwhelming and got lazy with my blog. My eating habits started up pretty well but old habits crept in. Frankly I crave carbohydrates when I'm tired and have been over-indulging. Two weeks ago I had my glucose tolerance test and the next day when I heard the nurse's voice on the phone I knew the results. GDM was baaaaack. Probably the kick in the pants that was needed. After a weekend of overcoming my denial that GDM in my second pregnancy was a fluke and coming to terms that I do have a genetic predisposition which means I will need to watch my diet for the rest of my life, I decided to look at this diagnosis as a blessing. No more denial, no more excuses, this is my time to make the permanent lifestyle changes required. Better now so I can enjoy good health rather than trying to dramatically alter my lifestyle when it may be more difficult and greater damage may have been done to my pancreas/liver requiring more intensive interventions.
We are all motivated differently in life. Some people only require one life event to alter their habits. I apparently need a university degree, a masters degree, and two kicks in the pants. Let's hope this will be enough.
Fortunately for me I have a supportive network of family and friends who want my success. Here's to our collective good health!