So far, everything is going well with our pregnancy. All of our ultrasounds are showing that the baby is growing well, and she’s being very active.
We had a bit of a concern in that our doctor made Amanda take the 100 gram glucose test to test for gestational diabetes (GDM). We weren’t sure how her body was going to react to that after being on paleo for so long and not consuming sugar.
The test was administered by not having her eat for 12 hours, and then drink 50 grams of a glucose, and then they would test her blood sugar an hour later. According to the nurse practitioner, she failed this test pretty badly. Her blood sugar had to be under 140 mg/dL, but hers was 179 mg/dL.
Based on that, they scheduled her for a more comprehensive three-hour test where they make he drink 100 grams of sugar and then test her blood sugar every hour for three hours. She passed this test.
Even so, they made her see the nurse practitioner to “discuss her diet.” The GDM diet is based on eating a lot of carbs with a lot of fiber. Oatmeal, whole grain bread, whole grain pasta, and the like. But because we are deciding to stick with our diet (carbs mostly from fruit and vegetables) they are making us go back in for another test where she has to bring her breakfast and have her blood sugar measured before and after she eats.
It seems pretty silly to us. It seems like we are being a bit singled out by the medical staff. Surely there are people who do much worse things during a pregnancy than eat natural foods, fruits and vegetables?
I’ve done some research, and it seems to be pretty common to fail the GDM glucose tests while on the paleo diet. I’m not sure how accurate those tests are, but it makes sense that if you aren’t commonly eating sugar, it might not be the best idea to drink 100 grams of it within 5 minutes and see how your body handles so much of this substance it isn’t used to dealing with.
Good news? We had our 3D ultrasound and she’s gorgeous.
How did you like this post? Please tell us about it in a comment.