Monday, February 14, 2011

No. More. Food.

I'm pretty sure I'm hitting the phase in pregnancy where I start slowly becoming more and more insulin resistant.  At the same time, I've been "trying to gain weight" for the past few days and need to rule out the possibility that it's the higher fat in my food that's causing the change.  So today is a good, angelic food day.  A high fiber muffin and skim milk for breakfast, cheese for snacks (provided my blood sugar doesn't head downhill), and a salad (with chicken) and reduced fat cottage cheese for lunch.  Dinner might not be quite so angelic, but it's primarily late afternoon when my blood sugar gets higher than it used to.

Speaking of, I'm totally fed up with my own weight-gaining attempts.  My first thought was, "Gaining weight?  That means larger meals, more carbs, and more fat."  So I attempted this, and can I just say: "Puke!"  OK, no actual puking, but a strong desire to puke.  Let me also say "Holy freaking crap!" regarding how my blood glucose reacts to high fat these days!  It's always caused a rise at the 3 or 4 hour mark, but not like this!

So, I'm moving on to what I think is a better plan anyway:  More snacks that I already know work for me.  More cheese between meals at work (along with carrots), and more no-sugar-added ice cream in the evenings.  Or crackers and hummus (because, YUM!).

If this doesn't do the trick, I'll go to a dietitian at the diabetes center for a plan.  I don't want my next weight gain plan to include blood sugar battles like the first one.

More and more female friends are surprised my OB is at all worried about the lack of weight gain, particularly other women who were overweight going into pregnancy.  One friend only gained 3 pounds through her entire pregnancy, and her OB was just fine with it.  I probably need to gain more than she did, but still, I've decided not to stress about this.  I'm going to assume the baby is just fine until there's reason to believe otherwise.


  1. More cheese is always a fabulous idea. Good luck to you!

  2. I agree, cheese is YUMMY. And adding in extra snacks that are low carb like that doesn't seem to be hurting my blood sugar, so I think this is a better way to go than changing my normal meal habits.