This is kind of a strange NSV, but it's a huge one for me.
Two years ago when I was pregnant with my first daughter I had to take the typical glucose test all pregnant women have to take. It picks up anyone who is at risk for gestational diabetes. It came back positive and I had to take the 3 hour glucose test which determines if you have gestational diabetes. My blood glucose levels came back just high enough to qualify me as having gestational diabetes.
Because I was under the care of midwives this meant I had to get a referral to the doctors at the hospital to have a meeting with a nutritionalist and to be given a blood glucose monitor.
I had no problem keeping my glucose levels in the normal range by limiting the amount of sugar and simple carbs I ate, but I hated the whole experience.
It's what really prompted me to start seriously looking at my diet and health. It's what motivated me to google diet advice after I had finished nursing my baby. It's what lead me to 3fatchicks. In the end it was the reality of having voluntarily allowed myself to develop a potential health risk to my child and myself that lead me to losing weight.
In the past two years I have lost 20 lbs and more importantly (to me) maintained that loss. I am much more active now. In fact I am still at my pre-pregnancy weight at 24 weeks. I've been particularly aware of the affects refined sugars have on me and really watch how much I eat.
I was really hoping these changes had been enough to bring me out of the unhealthy zone of gestational diabetes. My midwives actually suggested that I skip the initial test and go straight to the 3 hour glucose test because when you have gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy it's almost guaranteed you'll develop it in later ones. I insisted on taking the initial test.
I got the call today from my midwife that the test came back negative, she was surprised her self and congratulated me. I'm so happy and proud!
And I have all you great people to thank. Especially those of you who regularly post. I have gained so much knowledge and motivation from the information and personal stories you share. HUGE thank-you to all of you!
Sorry for the long post!