One of the hardest things for me with this pregnancy is trying to wait every three hours to eat. Before I was pregnant, I would go 6 hours easily without eating but sometimes I would also snack every hour or two too. I didn’t really have a set schedule and while that probably wasn’t the best for my diabetes control, it seemed to work OK for me.
Once I got pregnant, my CDE told me that I really shouldn’t eat any sooner than three hours. The main reason for this was so that the insulin had time to act, so she could tell if I had the correct insulin to carb ratios but also so my blood sugars wouldn’t stay at an elevated level. I really struggled with this the first several weeks of pregnancy. I wanted to eat every two hours and it made no sense to me why it was so hard to do.
Now 21 weeks into the pregnancy, I think I’ve gotten it down to a nice science. My day of eating looks like the following:
Breakfast: 8AM –String cheese, yogurt, two pieces of toast and jelly or Kashi waffles or Kashi cereal plus prenatal vitamin (I can be bad about remembering the prenatal vitamin
Lunch: 11:30AM – Apples, protein (cooked ham, turkey burgers or tuna) carrots and peanut butter and a piece of chocolate
Snack: 3PM – My one “cheat” time…I’ll eat chips or cupcakes or some sort of snacky thing plus a string cheese
Dinner: 6:30PM – Varies, chili and garlic bread is a pretty common choice usually with a salad that has onions and cucumbers but no dressing
Snack: 10PM — Yogurt and grapes and sometimes a string cheese depending how hungry I am
A pregnancy class I took mentioned nutrition guidelines (which I mentioned in my post on guidelines) and of those guidelines, calcium is the thing of which I struggle to get enough. If I follow my schedule above, I’m pretty good at getting enough of everything (and not too much of other things like calories, carbs or sodium). Days when I don’t stick to this schedule, I really struggle to get enough calcium. I also struggle to get enough water everyday, which is probably the main reason my blood pressure continues to be too low. I also attribute the above schedule to why I have gained the proper weight so far. I think if I wasn’t worried about eating every three hours and eating less than 50 carbs at meals and 15 carbs at snacks, I would probably have gained more weight than I should have. I guess that’s one benefit to having diabetes while pregnant is that it is keeping my weight in check (also getting so see my baby on the ultrasound a LOT more than “normal” pregnant mommas).
- Meals less than 50 carbs, snacks less than 15 carbs
- 60 grams of Protein
- 1200 mg of Calcium
- 70 mg of Vitamin C
Here is where I fall in with the nutrients on a typical day…I’m still a little shy of my calcium requirements but I try to eat an extra yogurt or string cheese if I can. I’m also always good on my Vitamin C, which is why it isn’t included on here…