Yesterday I had a prenatal appointment. As tempted as I was to inquire about medications to help with the nausea, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. What I did ask for was advice on handling low blood sugar. I feel as if I’m constantly either eating or looking for food. And when I do eat I often still feel a little woozy. I bet keeping my blood sugar on a more even keel would help with the fatigue too.
“Make nuts your friend.”
That was the response. Nuts, along with other “oily-proteiny” foods. Her recommendations:
- Eat a few nuts every hour.
- Make up a big batch of chicken salad or tuna salad with lots of mayo, keep it in the fridge and eat a few spoonfuls when you pass by it.
- Roast a chicken (if the smell doesn’t make you sick) and put it in the fridge. Pull off a few pieces of chicken and eat those when you think of it.
- Take a chromium supplement. (I checked, and my multivitamin has chromium. So I just need to get better about taking it. Guilty!)
I’ve had issues with low blood sugar off and on since I was a child, and I do much better on a higher protein diet. It makes sense that I would have it while pregnant and having so many demands on my body. I think I’m unconsciously under-eating for fear of gaining too much weight this time. Bad momma!
We were able to hear the heartbeat too, which made hubby happy. (He was worried and didn’t want to let on.) Incidentally I felt the baby move for the first time Monday. I had just drank a glass of juice and then I got in bed with Ruby to put her down for a nap. I guess the combo of lying still + sugar made me feel baby’s happy dance. Pretty cool.
Did you have issues with low blood sugar/hypoglycemia in pregnancy? How did you manage it?
It’s a little annoying to have to eat so often, especially when food still doesn’t taste good!