The Treatment Plan
Dr. Co told me he was going to be strict and aggressive about my care, especially in the first and last trimesters as the cases of death are higher during those periods. But, he also assured me that he’ll tell me everything I needed to do to have a smooth pregnancy despite my gestational diabetes.
First, I had be strict with my diet; he set my daily caloric limit to 1,900 and advised me not to have fruits during my first trimester. He also encouraged me to have small meals every 2 to 3 hours so I could continuously metabolize the sugar. Finally, he introduced me to a nutritionist who helped me make healthy meal plans.
Blood sugar monitoring
Dr. Co gave me further instructions to monitor my blood sugar thrice a day, 2 hours after meals, and to inject insulin 3 times daily. He also allowed me to do prenatal yoga and swimming, but I found swimming a little difficult, so I stopped.
For other medications, Dra. Pascua, my OB, also gave me aspirin, but I stopped taking them when I was about to give birth.
Another tool that helped me was a mobile application where I recorded all the important numbers: my blood glucose levels, caloric intake, weight, and blood pressure reading. Every 5 days, I’d send a screenshot of my numbers to Dr. Co, so he could assess if I was still on track.
Were there times when you didn’t meet your target glucose goals?
There were times when my glucose spiked, especially on occasions when I ate high-carb foods, like pizza and pasta. But since I strictly monitored everything, I knew immediately when to take a step back.
I still ate sweets; just small portions here and there, so that I wouldn’t feel deprived.
Ensuring a smooth pregnancy
My pregnancy was safe and smooth despite having gestational diabetes. I didn’t even experience morning sickness!
I also delivered my baby girl at 39 weeks, full-term and healthy. It was a scheduled C-section, so I didn’t go through labor, there was no pain whatsoever.
Besides a little infection, Mia’s postpartum recovery also went by well.
I had a little infection in the C-section wound site, but it was resolved pretty quickly.