15 Weeks

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.”

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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!

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3 Responses to 15 Weeks

  1. Sharon says:

    I’ve read that magnesium helps regulate blood sugar. I’ve always struggled with the same low blood sugar you mention… keeping magnesium gel rubbed into my hands and feet has made the glucose peaks and valleys less noticeable during pregnancy. Magnesium also helps regularity, dry skin, and prevents pre-eclampsia- some other prego problems.

  2. AussieGirl says:

    Yes, definitely. I’ve always not handled sugar very well (have the same ravenous, shaky feeling you describe when on a diet of carbs for a few hours) and pregnancy is no exception. I had my prenatal appointment today too and I found out I have to do the 2 hour GTT. :(

    Definitely stick to the protein and also the good fats (like coconut, beef fats etc). I have been repelled by meat and fat during this pregnancy which is not helping the cause! My only reliable (read: edible) sources of protein are milk and eggs.

    Hope you feel better soon and are able to eat more.

  3. Candi says:

    Have you tried those cocoa roasted almonds??? They are my favorite! Avocado would be good too since it’s high in good fats and oily…My favorite snack is turkey wrapped string cheese and an apple. Just remember, high protein could end up making you constipated so make sure you eat applesauce or apples during the day to help offset that horrible pain! Keep us updated! I’m so glad you felt the baby move. That’s so exciting!!!

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