I never expected to fail my glucose screening test. During both my previous pregnancies I ate like a frat boy. With my oldest, I did yoga throughout my pregnancy up until I was 8 months along, but I still had a pretty bad diet. With my youngest, I had no physical activity and sat in my office at work all day. And I still passed my glucose screening test with both! Granted I was almost 9 years younger than I am now when I was pregnant with my youngest. I am 34 years old now. So I assume age may have played a role in the outcome. That and perhaps all the years of bad eating have finally caught up with me.
I have tried very hard to maintain a healthy diet with this little one. I eat tons of fruit, try to exercise at least three times a week. But since I’ve entered my third trimester, it has become a little more difficult to workout. I am constantly tired and feel so uncomfortable. So I have dwindled down my workout routine a bit. I don’t know if this has anything to do with the results of my glucose screening test. To be honest, before getting pregnant, it had been a long time since I set foot inside a gym or a yoga studio. I just “never had the time” to work out. I was in school full time, working full time, and was a mom and wife full time. And my diet was not one that a 30+ year old with a familial history of diabetes should be consuming. Since becoming pregnant, I became a stay at home mom with healthier cravings (thanks to baby) and I made myself get up and do yoga or get up and go to Zumba class.
So what is there to do when you fail the 1 hour glucose screening test? You have to take the 3 hour test. And that one is rough! You have to fast for at least 12 hours which is tough when you are pregnant! The phlebotomists have to draw your blood 4 times during the entire process to test how your body processes glucose after a meal and whether or not your body processes glucose normally. Apparently, the largest risk factors are lifestyle, diet, and familial history of diabetes. And as it pertains to me, check check and check! My lifestyle, diet, and family history are all consistent with the risk factors of getting gestational diabetes. This is a total eye opener! My husband leads a very healthy lifestyle and is very disciplined when it comes to his eating habits. I, on the other hand, prior to pregnancy had no will power when it came to food and didn’t have the energy to workout on a regular basis. I have always been thin so I didn’t feel the “need” to workout or eat healthy. With the exception of pregnancy, my weight has never exceeded 120 lbs. Even though my blood work always suggested that I should be leading a healthier lifestyle, it never occurred to me that I should start NOW. Well, after this incident, I will continue my health journey for my wellbeing. I definitely want to be here for many years to come without having to rely on medication or having limitations.
My maternal grandmother had a variety of health issues all stemming from diabetes and heart disease. After suffering a heart attack at the age of 64, her health really started to decline. I remember her being on many medications and having to rely on round the clock care before she passed away. She was a very spunky woman and didn’t like doctors too much. I recon the reason for her doctor aversions was because they found something wrong with her at every visit. The truth is that diabetes runs in my family and unless I take preventive measures to ensure I lead a healthy lifestyle, chances are, I will be diagnosed with diabetes at some point in my life. The worst part is, my kids will too unless I teach them better eating habits and encourage physical activity.
This experience has been a real eye opener. I knew I had to take control of my health, I just didn’t expect to do it this early in my life. I keep forgetting that I’m not 25 anymore. In fact, I will be 35 years old this year. I need to take the reigns and lead a healthier lifestyle otherwise, I will not be here to see my grandchildren grow up. Also, children pick up habits at home so I will not only be doing this for myself, but my kiddos as well. They deserve to lead a healthy and happy life.