Sunday Tittle Tattle: Ups and Downs

ruth crilly and baby

Well, this must have been one of the strangest weeks of my life, in terms of personal ups and downs*. Firstly, I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes (you can read my initial post on it here, though it needs updating with the latest findings) and this has thrown my life into disarray. I’m just about 38 weeks pregnant, so it’s really late to be diagnosed (and I wouldn’t have even been diagnosed had I not gone to see a private obstetrician and then hassled my hospital about the results) and I’ve been consumed with panic and worry about it.

I started the week with a massive energy surge, feeling on top of the world and getting loads of work done, but by Thursday (the day I was diagnosed) I just felt a bit beaten and empty. I’ve spent much of this pregnancy hungry, tired and constantly craving sugar, and I had put all of this down to the fact that I was running around after a toddler, which was depleting my resources, but then all of a sudden I have this medical condition which – thankfully – does pass when you give birth (hence “gestational”) but nevertheless needs quite serious attention.

So I’ve been catapulted into the complicated world of blood sugar levels, with no real training or detailed dietary advice – just the “cut out sugar, swap white bread for brown” sorts of basics – and the frustrating task of trying to control my diabetes but still eat the amount that a heavily pregnant woman needs to eat. It’s bloody hard to make such a quick transition, let me tell you – especially when you’ve been somewhat slack on the healthy eating front for the best part of nine months!

Anyway, I don’t want to moan, not at all. Or I do, but I won’t. This post was supposed to be a semi-lighthearted list of “ups and downs” to counteract the rather heavy feeling left by the various political events of the week, but has so far turned into a health update! How dull. Sorry. Here was the original ups-and-downs list…

Ups: Tom Hardy in the new TV series Taboo (oh my God, his leg tattoos. I don’t even like tattoos. But, my God. Even his own sister can’t resist him); discovering two Lindt chocolate Santas in the cupboard that we keep the juicer in; getting an amazing response to the new Colab dry shampoo launch; the start-of-week energy surge, in which I managed to edit four videos, schedule six posts and partially re-design this website (work in progress, bear with); finally finding a pair of knickers that fit my massive baby bump and don’t cut into my c-section scar. (Here.)

Downs: the whole diabetes debacle; discovering that I couldn’t actually eat the two Lindt chocolate Santas I had unearthed in the juicer cupboard; finishing a book called Eileen that left me feeling empty inside and slightly depressed; having to watch twenty-three episodes of Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom in a 24-hour period when Angelica had a cold and was grumpy and inconsolable (I now hear the theme tune to that cartoon in my dreams); answering the door to the postman in my dressing gown with just my comfy miracle pants beneath, then realising as I got back up the stairs that the dressing gown only actually closes fully over my boobs and the top part of my bump. The rest of the body gigantica  is – how shall I put this? – open to the elements. The poor, poor man. He won’t be knocking twice.

So that was my week. How was yours? Anecdotal material welcome, please add it to the comments section below for my amusement and/or sympathies.

*I know that there are monumental things happening on a global scale, I’m not blissfully ignorant by any means. I’m just rather caught up in my own bubble – necessarily, I suppose, because I’ve been preoccupied with the health of the new baby-to-be (and Angelica), and there’s very little energy left over at the moment. Give me a couple of months…

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  1. January 22, 2017 / 8:09 am

    So sorry to hear you have gestational diabetes. I don’t know anything about gestational diabetes, but my daughter has type 1 diabetes (not caused by eating too much sugar) so I know how hard it is to take over the job of your pancreas! I love following your blog (especially love your videos) and can’t wait to meet baby AMR (I’m suspecting sooner rather than later now)?

  2. Sarah
    January 22, 2017 / 8:11 am

    I’m just scared now. I’m 33 weeks with normal bump and urine but haven’t stopped eating all the sugar. My family scoff at me getting a private scan so I feel powerless to do anything
    Xx

    • Rhonda
      January 22, 2017 / 5:00 pm

      Why does it matter if your family scoffs at you getting a private scan? If you feel you need one, there is no shame or harm in getting one. It is your body and your baby. They don’t really have a say. Beside that, if it comes back normal, think of the peace you will feel. If it doesn’t, think of how wonderful it will feel to know in time to do something about it. Win-win.

    • Anja
      January 23, 2017 / 2:50 am

      Don’t worry, Sarah, almost no pregnant woman cuts out all the sugar! Most indulge a little and that is perfectly fine. If you’re carrying a normal baby and showing no other signs od GDM, then most likely everything will be ok! And if you want a private scan, then get it. Your body, your decision and let them scoff all they want!

    • Simona
      January 24, 2017 / 10:28 pm

      You should get a private scan, actually, if you can afford, you should get more private scans. Every civilized country (except UK) will have a monthly scan as part if the pregnancy monitoring, right up till the end. NHS does not offer them not because they are unnecessary, but because they are saving money on you!!!

  3. Rosie Pea
    January 22, 2017 / 8:18 am

    If it’s an consolation in regards to your postman seeing you in all your glory. When my first son was about 6 weeks old we had our roof replaced and when the scaffolding was going up, I had forgotten to put my boob back in after a feed and went and asked the incredibly attractive scaffolder if he wanted a cup of tea. Poor bloke had no idea where to look. It certainly wasn’t at my massive, veiny leaking boob!! xx

    • Lina
      January 22, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      hahaha, bless you Rosie, i laughed so hard sitting at work reading this!

  4. Katy B-B
    January 22, 2017 / 8:18 am

    Hi Ruth, sending lots of love and healthy vibes as you near the end of your pregnancy. Nows the time to just focus on you and your family. Can’t wait to hear of the new baby’s arrival! xx

  5. Melissa
    January 22, 2017 / 8:18 am

    I’m praying for you and your family. I know there’s no sense in wasting energy on being upset with the hospital, but I can’t get my head around how the could have been so negligent.

  6. Simone
    January 22, 2017 / 8:23 am

    Hi Ruth,
    PLEASE .. PLEASE .. PLEASE !! … listen to ” My dad wrote a porno ” on itunes .
    It is so hilarious you will be laughing for days … I know it’s right up your alley ( humour wise ) !!
    It now has a bit of a cult following !
    Thanks for reading my comment,
    Cheers,
    Simone

    • January 22, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      OK, thank you!! I’m off to download it now!

      • Juliet
        January 23, 2017 / 12:56 am

        It is hilarious. Be near a loo!!! I wasn’t pregnant whilst listening, and I was on a long drive. Had to find a rest area more than once due to pee-inducing laughter.

        • January 23, 2017 / 7:54 am

          Just realised I already have it downloaded! My only podcast! How utterly bizarre.

          • Kate
            January 23, 2017 / 4:46 pm

            I second this recommendation! Absolutely hilarious, make sure you listen from the beginning to get the full “story” hahaha. Hope you enjoy it and hope you are feeling better soon X

  7. Julie Scott-Wilds
    January 22, 2017 / 8:29 am

    Poor you & Angelica – hope Mr AMR is providing lots of TLC!
    We started the week with a trip to Paris and – ooh la la – what a fantastic city & I’m enjoying your book recommendation of “In a nutshell’ so big thank you for that

  8. Amanda
    January 22, 2017 / 8:39 am

    Can you not have a c section at 38 weeks in the U.K.?

    • January 22, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      No, they like to do it after 39. x

  9. Nancy Carnell
    January 22, 2017 / 8:55 am

    Oh Ruth! All my best wishes for the last couple of weeks of your pregnancy. Everything will be fine xxxxxx

  10. Francesca
    January 22, 2017 / 8:56 am

    LOVING the visual image of your beautiful ‘body gigantica’ flapping in the breeze :-) Love your updates. I read a great little article on The Pool today about getting yourself a mantra to live by and the writer said hers was “baby steps, baby steps.”

  11. Bana Ridley
    January 22, 2017 / 8:57 am

    You are totally entitled to feel deflated- you’re 38 weeks pregnant and gestational diabetes is mean to be diagnosed around week 24-28.
    Also – you may have had it in your first pregnancy seeing as Angelica was a bigger baby. They only test for it if you are at risk (BMI higher than it should be prior to pregnancy, family history, where you are from etc).
    I hope you get a little more rest this week and that this week is a little better than the last!

    • Virginia Villalobos
      January 22, 2017 / 9:42 pm

      Being age 35 or over is automatically a high risk pregnancy so it was probably tested earlier in the pregnancy but may have not developed until closer to term.

  12. Caroline
    January 22, 2017 / 9:05 am

    My ‘up’ is that as it’s the weekend, I get a cup of tea in bed and my cat comes for a cuddle! Don’t have time for this in the week. Then we’re off for a nice wintry walk and dinner at my parent’s house.

    I hope you have the gestastional diabetes under control and enjoy the last weeks of your pregnancy. xx

    • January 22, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      Doesn’t get better than tea at the weekend! : )

  13. Emma
    January 22, 2017 / 9:17 am

    Don’t be tough on yourself re the diabetes Ruth. Im not sure how you cope with a toddler plus work commitments and being heavily pregnant so not surprised youve had to reach for the sugar! I think focus on the positive – you organised your private scan which meant you were diagnosed and can now do something about it xxx

  14. Vicky
    January 22, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Drove for 3 days to get to Spain, arrived to first snow in this region for 30 years and since then torrential rain and 50mph winds. Am here to cycle. Instead have had plenty of time to keep up with political situation…which has not been uplifting.

    I reccomend a massive tub of almond butter from bulk powders for all your sugar free calorie needs. Just go at it with a spoon.

  15. Sarah
    January 22, 2017 / 9:44 am

    Awwww Ruth!!! What a week. I have no amusing anecdotes sadly but send love from an unexpectedly snowy Scotland. And also rather read about you any day than the depressing sh*te going on elsewhere! xx

  16. Alex
    January 22, 2017 / 9:50 am

    Sorry to hear about the GD. Don’t worry. I had the same and at 38 weeks. Just had to do the finger prick thingy and bizarrely cut out lots of fruit (Just one a day allowed!), white piece of baguette (1/3) is ok and no sugar and eat regularly with a snack at 4 and 10pm to stop blood sugars dipping.
    Can I ask where you bought Angelica’s wooden tea set from . I am in search of one minus plastic ! ;-) Xx

    • January 22, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      Thanks – exactly what I’m trying to do. It’s a minefield though!
      Tea set from Early Learning centre – pink and white one. Comes with forks, napkins, etc/ x

  17. Sandie
    January 22, 2017 / 9:50 am

    Oh my gosh Ruth, no wonder you are feeling up and down! What a week and at 38 weeks too! Wishing you a “stable” couple of weeks before your new arrival and plenty of rest and no more worries! (and hoping the postman returns soon…)

  18. Anette Lien Olsen
    January 22, 2017 / 10:16 am

    Dear Ruth! This sounds hard, and I hope you are being well looked after. Not long before you are done, and will be the proud mother of two. I had a c-section with my first and looots of complications with my second, but in the end it is all worth it. But I can really relate to your feelings right now. And remember that it is completely fine to feel upset and afraid, no need to put on a brave face! I am sure you will be fine, and wish you and your family all the best! :)

  19. Katharina
    January 22, 2017 / 11:19 am

    Oh no, you should be allowed two extra magnum to cope with that week……. at least…..

    I had a boost of energy at the beginning of the week as well, but it was over the moment my mom told me that she was going to book her holiday at the same place and the same time when we do ours! I was in shock! I mean I love my mom, but a week of holidays together would definitely change that to the opposite….. plus that husband and I work both full time (he with lots of travelling) and that week in spring we are totally ll the three of us (we have a daughter) looking forward to some exclusive family time. So I took all that incredible power and told her in a way that she could take it and now it is all fine – but my energy is totally gone. Need to check the boards for some left-over chocolates ;-)

    Have a better week next week, dear Ruth!

    Best wishes,

    Katharina

    • January 22, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      Nooooo – I agree. Too much! Though I am considering asking my parents to come on holiday in case they might babysit, HA! We have been on hols with them loads before, though, so I think would be OK.. x

  20. Beverley Thompson
    January 22, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Nothing anecdotal here sorry. I have however managed to throw the boiling potato pan water down my whole left thigh last night so feeling sorry for myself! Did make a super purchase or two of the paradise cola at superdrug this week – lovely!! Hope they get this love baby out next week then you can stop worrying. Take care Ruth x

  21. January 22, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear Ruth. My sister was also diagnozed Gestional diabetes in France last year (your blog was/is very helpful to her btw, we talk about you as ‘Ruth’ as if you were part of the family). But then they would say, oh, we’re not sure now you have it, and it went on like that for 6 months. SO it was never clear whether she had it or not because they were crap, but doing as she had it it for ‘what she ate’ purposes. SHe now has a very healthy 6 month baby, my nephew. But I’m really angry at how she was treated. Also, she was given really crap diet advice. In the anecdotes front, I’ll try one. This week, I went to a Property and Construction network event. I have a Language tuition busijess. It was cold and I had to get up really early to go into London for what was my last networking event with that Chamber of Commerce. I wore the flashiest pink fluffy jumper you can imagine. I’m sure some grey suits (or skirts) were not impressed, but I don’t care, at least I stood out, unlike all of them…I’m not sure I made new clients yet, but I certainly be remembered as the short French pink lady, ah ah!! Another anecdote, we met once, but it was in the loos somewhere in Central London around 2 years ago and just couldn’t say as you were coming out of the cublicle ‘Hi Ruth, I know you and love your blog!’ I just couldn’t, wrong place, ugh?

    • January 22, 2017 / 12:25 pm

      Haha, nothing wrong with standing out! And you should have said Hi! xx

  22. Virginia Villalobos
    January 22, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    It’s a credit to you, Ruth, that while experiencing a stressful and difficult week personally you can still make us laugh with your postman story. Sooooo….in an effort to get you to smile…..here is my story: I was getting out of my car on my way to my therapist’s office for an appointment. As I took two steps I suddenly found my skirt around my ankles, not having noticed that the tie had come undone and I was standing there in my underwear (knickers if you are English!) in front of an eight story building with multiple office windows that faced the parking lot. I rapidly pulled my skirt up, turned several shades of red, and managed to hurry in for my appointment…..but had a good laugh telling this story later and now you and all of your readers know it too!

  23. January 22, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    A little trick I learnt when I was diagnosed at 39 weeks with GD is cut stuff up small so it feels like you’re eating more than you are. E.g. – I liked to eat a slice of cheese on toast. I cut it in to soldiers and had it with lots of cut up cucumber and celery. The plate looked full and It took me ages to eat it and it didn’t dramatically affect my blood sugar. I’d follow it up with a piece of fruit (which during pregnancy was very much a naughty treat for me! I got way too much enjoying out of eating a Granny Smith apple!).

    Also, check out the iPhone App Store. There’s quite a few good apps for calorie/carb counting, which will help you work out your portion sizes.

  24. January 22, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    Anecdote wise? I spend two hours of my work day discussing the required room temperature in kingergardens according to law, or actually the fact that there IS no law regarding that. I was more than ready to bang my head to the desk after the first hour was over, and it left me amused by the fact what people actually spend their time fighting about.

  25. Susanamantha
    January 22, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    I was huge during my first pregnancy, so huge that by the 8th month, I had no maternity clothes that fit, just one ugly tent dress (circa 1968) that I was saving to wear whenever I left the house. The only shoes that fit my swollen feet were flip flops. I was naive and thought my doctor knew what was best. He wasn’t concerned that I had gained 45 lbs. I Probably should have been checked for GD but back then, no one knew about that, I guess. For clothes, I wore my husband’s Bermuda shorts, unzipped and unbuttoned. On top, one of his oxford cloth shirts unbuttoned on the bottom as far up as necessary. Drop in guests? Sure. A surprise visit from his parents on my worst day – hair straggly, house a mess, dressed like a bag lady. I wanted to dig a hole and fall into it. Fortunately, Our baby girl was born healthy at 9 lbs. 10 oz.
    Good luck to you, Ruth. All will be well.

  26. Siena
    January 22, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    Here is to hoping you will feel better very soon and all will get well. You are so positive about everything life throws at you! I have just bought a bottle of your new dry shampoo and I am so impressed that it’s actually vegan!! Love the scent too! Take good care of yourself now. Love x

  27. Sarah Wyatt
    January 22, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    Hi Ruth
    This must be hugely worrying at a time when you are low on energy anyway. I certainly was . However I’m sure everything will be fine. In terms of dietary advice Dr John Yudkin who was the pioneer for diabetic nutritional advice is still valid today
    http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/john-yudkin.html
    This is advice used by the NHS and diabetic clinics and is not fad advice. I hope that helps. I’m sure you are in good hands and already know all this.
    Take care

  28. SueM
    January 22, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Oh Ruth, I feel your pain. I had GD with both my pregnancies but the second was worse. I can say it was made much easier by following the eating guidelines. Truly. Once I was eating smaller amounts spaced out over the day I felt so much better and the cravings subsided. I made sure to always have a protein every time I ate, even if it was some almonds or peanut butter. Have Mr. AMR cook up some chicken breasts on a Sunday and have them in reserve. It’s also very important to check your blood sugar levels during the day (I’m assuming they gave you the kit). Please don’t despair and check the website diabetes.ca for many helpful tips. My heart goes out to you my dear, take care of yourself and I PROMISE you will feel better. ❤❤❤❤

    • January 23, 2017 / 8:00 am

      Yep, must try and space out and eat smaller meals. Haven’t been so good at this!

  29. Valentine
    January 22, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I am sending you lots of love and luck! Oh yes, I am living for Tom Hardy in Taboo right now.

  30. January 22, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    Hurray for the ups! Boo for the downs. I’m sure the post man has seen worse!

  31. Henriëtte
    January 22, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Look at it on the bright side; you have been able to eat everything you wanted all the time of your pregnancy and know that you’re allmost ‘done’ (1 week to go?) it must be a ‘piece of cake’ (eatwise).
    And I am sure that your bubble is far more important than the global monumental things that are of have been happening, pffff, it’s just to sad for words……I mean; you don’t miss a thing, really!
    I wish you all the luck of the world Ruth!

  32. Elaine Murray
    January 22, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about the GD Ruth, I can totally imagine the stress that would bring undiagnosed at 38 weeks but best thing you can do for you and baby is to relax (don’t kill me!). Am looking forward to hearing of baby’s healthy and safe arrival and am I the only one dying to hear the name?! Elaine x

    • January 23, 2017 / 7:59 am

      You and me both – seeing as though we don’t have a SINGLE name idea, it will be a surprise to us all! : )

  33. Beshlie
    January 22, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    I had gestational diabetes during both of my pregnancies. It was worse with my second son as I had to follow the diet from the minute I found out I was pregnant, not just from after the usual glucose test at 28 weeks (only if there’s a family history). Torture. My top food recommendations are plain porridge with cut up apple and cinnamon and Rachel’s Organic Coconut yoghurt. Literally the only yoghurt I found in Waitrose with less than 10% sugar! Good luck with it all. As soon as that beautiful new baby is in your arms, all this stress and hassle will be a distant memory x

  34. Anna
    January 22, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    This really moved me and I’ve been wanting to write to you all day. It is such a shock when you’re pregnant to find something isn’t quite right. For me my thyroid conked out and will never return, so I am pleased to hear that for you you have something that will absolutely return to normal. But as you say, to suddenly have to think very carefully about food after being relaxed about it and using it as a comfort and energy giver must be really really hard and a terrible shock. I also understand the need to say that you know there are worse things going on in the world, but like you say, in your world it is fairly monumental and upsetting. I can empathise with you completely. I can only say that you will adapt to this, you will be well and your baby will be magnificent. Sending you strength and the most positive vibrationsX

    • January 23, 2017 / 7:58 am

      Goodness, does that affect you badly now still? xx

      • Anna
        January 23, 2017 / 8:42 am

        No not badly,I have to take thyroxine daily and I feel a bit tired sometimes, but I have a feeling that three daughters has something to do with that too! I think the diagnosis was the biggest shock and getting my head around that. But once the thyroxine worked it was so nice to feel ‘normal’ again. I suppose we just adjust to whatever life throws at us hey? I hope the next days and weeks go well and I am looking forward to hearing about your dear baby. All the very best to youXxx

  35. Linda
    January 22, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Hi there! I was diagnosed with GD at about 24 weeks when pregant with my twins. It was a shock to say the least as I had a small bump for twins. Anyway without rabbiting on for ages, my issue was my blood sugar going to high. I didn’t find the NHS dietician much use at all. The trick for me was to eat some protein with every meal including breakfast. I somehow managed through trial and error to manage it only through diet. The rise I had after breakfast was the sharpest even after ‘healthy low GI’ carb breakfasts such as porridge. I had to eat for example, ham and cheese on brown toast, eggs, salmon and avocado etc. The protein seemed to slow the sugar rise. I then found after much experimentation that I could then eat some more carbs later in the morning after a short waddle around the field at the end of my road (which would have helped sugar levels). Then, throughout the day as long i stuck to including protein it seemed to be ok. So for example i would typically have quinoa with pesto, brocolli , tuna and cheese for lunch and that was fine. Also takeaway chicken balti with half a brown chapati in the eve also fine i found. Interestingly, kids yogurts such as the little yeos often have little sugar. Also get on board with nuts and cheese snacks! You don’t have long to go so just think of the chocs you can eat then. My Dad bought me a massive box of chocs after they were born and it was be best thing ever. Let me know if you want me info. I could go on and on haha x

    • January 23, 2017 / 7:57 am

      Mine is after evening meal, unless I have a very small portion of something, but naturally the evening meal is the one you want to enjoy! x

  36. Alanna
    January 22, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    Ooh, poor you, GD is a right pain. I had it too, I was told to look at total carbohydrates on food labels, rather than ‘sugar’.
    The advice I received from the dietician was: 30g carbs for breakfast (porridge, for example) 30g for lunch, and 40g for dinner, plus 2-3 snacks of 15g carbs each, spread throughout the day. I found stews etc with lentils to be really good (1/2 tin of green lentils is only 15g carbs). For snacks, Berries are relatively low carb for fruit (7 strawberries with full fat Greek yoghurt, or 12 raspberries, or 14 grapes frozen in little portion bags). Another good snack was an apple (15g) and a spoon of peanut butter (Tesco’s own brand was the lowest carb I found). For lunches, I had loads of meat and fish with salads, and avocado, and smallish portions of brown rice/ lentil stuff.
    I also found that just walking for 15/20 mins after a meal and before doing my fingerprick brought levels down (easier said than done with Angelica and work and everything, I know).
    Best of luck, hope this all passes quickly for you and the new baby is kind. Xxx

    • January 23, 2017 / 7:56 am

      Thank you – yeah going to try and get a bit more active, though is hard when my ligaments appear to have loosened beyond recognition and I need to wee every three mins! Ha xx

  37. Nancy
    January 22, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    I’m sending good thoughts for the last few weeks of your pregnancy Ruth. Do stay happy and well in your
    Bubble. I’m one of the many who enjoy your posts and videos so much. I have been able to find the lovely Colab dry shampoo here in Vancouver so that’s a bonus!

  38. Julia
    January 22, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    Oh Ruth, I feel for you. GD is so hard to deal with. Here are the guidelines I was given by the dietician I was referred to by my doc after diagnosis at 25 weeks. No diary or fruit before noon. Always combine carbs with a protein. The carb count limits I was given were (1 carb count equals 15 grams of carbs). 1-3 carb counts for breakfast. 2 carb counts for lunch and 3 for dinner. I ended up hunting down a sliced sprouted whole wheat bread that had 17 grams of carbs per slice but had 5 grams of fiber. You can subtract the fiber grams from the overall carb grams since the fiber will slow the absorbion of the sugars by the body. The whole experience sucked but there is nothing you can do when your hormones are to blame. Hope this helps and they will let you have a c section before too long. Good luck!

  39. Nicki
    January 22, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    Hi Ruth. I had gestational diabetes and was diagnosed at 28 weeks (was tested as type 2 diabetes runs in the family). It was bloody annoying as didn’t just mean no sweets etc but also no fruit, juice (or any drinks with the remotest amount of sugar in!) or more than 2 slices of toast. I survived on boiled eggs, jacket potatoes and a hell of a lot of nuts! Also slimline tonic and (pregnancy friendly dosage) gin. I was told I could eat anything in the weight watchers range which did have some nice stuff. The worst bit was no ice cream – I was eating mini magnums by the truckload before the diagnosis! I found some diet ice-cream from Ocado which made me feel a bit better and I’d pretend that my low sugar yogurts were really Gu pots in disguise (a very heavy disguise!). And then after all the scaremongering and fortnightly visits to the diabetes obstetrician my little one came in at a very reasonable 6’13”. You probably had it in your last pregnancy too and Angelica looks pretty healthy so don’t worry!!! Good luck with your last couple of weeks xx ps you didn’t hear it from me but one of the midwives gave me a tip that if you eat the chocolate straight after you’ve tested your glucose level nobody is any the wiser!

    • January 23, 2017 / 7:55 am

      Yeah, now I look at my symptoms this time, I do reckon I had it with her and it went undetected. Such a pain – and worrying! x

  40. Mim
    January 23, 2017 / 1:03 am

    Hi Ruth, I love your blog and your wonderful sense of humour. Had a facial with Sharon at MV recently and she raved about you ;) So sorry to hear about the gd conundrum. Every pregnancy always seems to have some surprises in store, doesn’t it!?

    I hope things go well in the next couple of weeks and for the birth. I was in a similar situation with my first baby being breech and ending up with a section. Went for a VBAC the second time around. It ended in 20 hours of labour, emergency c section and then a lacerated bladder due to the scarring from the first c section and too much edema from a drawn out labour. Nine days in ICU with a catheter. I should have booked in the section!

    • January 23, 2017 / 7:54 am

      Oh God – I am SO 100% demanding a section. I can’t believed I worried over it for so long!

  41. Anja
    January 23, 2017 / 3:03 am

    Oh no Ruth, I am sorry to read this and I had been so optimistic about it! It can’t be a severe GDM though when you are just supposed to watch your sugar intake. I just wish it would have been picked up before. Like some other commenter said, it is possible that you had it with Angelica too. However this baby seems to be doing ok or the scanner (is that what you call them?) would have mentioned something else. That is a huge relief and after all they know now so they can check/watch little baby no. 2 for any symptoms when he/she arrives. And really focus on the fact that you don’t have long to go now! Both of you will be fine!
    Unfortunately I don’t have an anecdote to tell since my baby brain kindly deleted them :D
    I’m sending you lots of love from Germany, you did great (being a Mum of a toddler, working full time and being pregnant)!

    • January 23, 2017 / 7:53 am

      Thank you Anja! Yes, I have been doing lots of research and it looks as though my blood readings are borderline, but the baby is humungous. But then maybe I have big babies ANYWAY. Who knows – what a stress! x

  42. January 23, 2017 / 5:37 am

    Hugs and stuff about the diabetes – you’ll get through this and it’s good that medically it’s been spotted -good for you for hassling them! Try to get some rest when you can …

    If it’s any comfort – we have an oven crisis – yesterday I opened the oven door to retrieve an apple crumble and it (the oven door, not the crumble!) fell off on my foot, LOL! Foot fine, oven slightly surprised. Many time for a new oven …

    NB Tom Hardy is mine – all mine! But I’m happy to share him with you at weekends :) :) Taboo fabulous!

  43. Noura Noel
    January 23, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Oh no thats not very good news but i am sure you will get better and you will be healthy all over again i hope this pregnancy will end positively with a healthy child and mother i love you and i wish you all the best and i know you are a strong women so stay strong kisses

  44. Sharon
    January 23, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Hello Ruth

    Think you’re great and your writing is very entertaining and honest! have had several children myself so so many of your posts are spot on (night rages etc) On the bright side the baby is well nourished and a big baby is not necessarily a bad thing as long as you have a c section. i learnt that when my last baby was born 9 weeks early by c section after placenta abruption with hardly a scrap of brown fat on him at 4lbs he was quite literally skin and bone. Hes doing fine now but agonising over his weight while he was in NICU for a month and longing for him to put on weight and trying to teach him to breastfeed was awful. I am sure your baby will be fine and healthy. babies are incredibly resilient and adaptive. All the best xx

  45. January 23, 2017 / 9:55 am

    When I was diagnosed with GD I thought my whole world had ended, I hated it, it made me feel so guilty that my body could be harming my baby and so I kept to the strictest diet I could. My baby wasn’t huge (6lbs 3oz) his sugars have been fine post birth and I even delivered before my due date.
    Here are some things I found during my research. Drink apple cider vinegar in the morning if you can stomach it. Some diabetics swear by it and it apparently also helps with heartburn and indigestion.
    Each meal should contain lots of protein, protein will bring your sugars down and only have one carb with a meal. For example if you’re having a burger, don’t have chips with it and make sure there’s lots of salad and meat.
    Lots of nuts, eggs, chicken, red meat, tuna, cheese. These are the things that helped me through my pregnancy and I was only diet controlled. Never needed medication..
    Fruit is very high in sugar but berries are your best bet, stay away from bananas, mangos, papaya, those sort of fruits. I would also have a bite of cheese or some nuts after having fruit just to help keep the sugars down.
    Reduce your portion sizes of carbs and make sure they are wholewheat. I found that warburtons danish bread didn’t affect my sugars at all so give that a try if you’re craving bread but remember everybody handles carbs and sugars differently so what works for me may not work for you and vice versa. I couldn’t handle potatoes at all! Was so hard when all I wanted was chips!
    As much as you hate the diagnosis take it as a good thing, you and your baby will now be very closely monitored, I hated the fact I couldn’t have chocolate around Christmas but it was worth it to have all the extra scans of baby, and to be seen by a professional every two weeks. Also they will probably not let you go past 40 weeks gestation so at the most you have another two weeks of keeping strict with diet and then you’ll have your baby.
    I hope this has been of some help, I wrote about my GD journey on my website too so if you wanted to have a read I’ll leave the link.

    Take care and hope all goes well for you and baby

  46. Sophie Morley
    January 23, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    That is not very helpful is it?! especially as when you’re told not to eat something that instantly means you’d rather sell your own soul than go a day without it haha.

    I hope the remainder of your pregnancy goes well.

    Love love love your blogs! It’s so refreshing to listen/read someone down to earth and relateable!

    Xxx

  47. Julie
    January 24, 2017 / 5:30 am

    I’ve had gestational diabetes in both my pregnancies and have managed to control it fine. The dietary advice I was given was pants as I already have a very healthy diet and everything they advise you to do I do anyway. The biggest thing I found helpful was exercise. After each meal I went for a short walk – even if it was just round the house in the evenin. This helped me hugely to bring the blood sugar levels down. Hope this is helpful.

  48. Ivi
    January 24, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Dear Ruth, I’m sure you made the Postman’s day! Thank you for your lovely writing, I look forward to your blogs. Try to remember that the hormones are playing Whack a Mole with your emotions as well as your sugar levels. We’re all sending good thoughts to the entire AMR family.

  49. Carla
    January 24, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    So sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I used to teach diabetes education and worked with the GD mama’s. They were all so overwhelmed;) I know with GD they like your blood sugar levels to be so tightly controlled, there is such a small margin of error. You are close to delivery, so that is very good. You have received some excellent advice from previous comments! My two cents worth is that a 20-30 minute walk, goes such a long way! Don’t forget to drink lots of water as well. Blah blah
    Hugs!!

    • Carla
      January 24, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      One more thing. Monk fruit sweetener, has no impact on sugar levels and is recommended fof diabetics here in the US. (for your tea;) Distributed by Lakanto.

  50. denise Barnatt
    January 24, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    Sorry to hear things are a bit all over the place for you right now with the diabetes issue. I will say though that the photo to go with the post is absolutely lovely. Gorgeous Angelica and you look fab! xxx

  51. sarah
    January 25, 2017 / 9:37 am

    Well done for getting the tests done. I had a second baby 6 months ago. My mum kept saying I was huge, Nurse said everything was normal. Baby ended up being 12lb1oz!! All completely fine as opted for c section, but afterwards all the Docs etc asked if I had gestational diabetes and all I could say were the tests were fine. So, who knows, but if I’m right you have a big bump too?!! All along I was told it’s difficult to know what is baby and what is fluid, placenta etc which I’m sure is true but I wish I had asked for a scan to measure. If we had tried harder for v birth it might not have gone so well. Now you know they will be keeping a closer eye on you and baby so well done for following your instincts. Best of luck with the rest of your pregnancy (and get that baby measured!!) xxx

    • sarah
      January 25, 2017 / 9:40 am

      Oh, and medical care was fab at hospital, baby is healthy, happy, and still huge.

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