Missing Cakes. Learning more about gestational diabetes

I’ve now been official diabetic (of the gestational variety) for 3 weeks now and I’m really starting to miss cakes.  It doesn’t really help its Ramadan and coming from a massive family and friends circle of bakers we are being given desserts like the delicious looking cupcakes above, very bery regularly.

I’m not sure I ever realised the different challenges the different types of diabetes brings.  Having some people in the family with Type 2 I’ve always known the basics; glucose levels must be within a certain range and it can be controlled by diet, tablets or insulin.   Type 1 is a lot more difficult and has its own challenges, peaks and troughs and it’s a much longer journey to master. 

What I’ve learnt about gestational diabetes in the last few weeks is that the thresholds are slightly stricter as the baby is taking nutrients from you.  So blood test monitoring has to be done before food and an hour after food, first thing in the morning and last thing at night.  I have 5 daily ones to do and it’s fair to say its still very much trial and error.  What can work fine food wise one day doesn’t always the next and some days a “bad” breakfast can set up the whole day to be annoyingly high.

I’ve learnt keeping portions small and filling up with “good” snacks works much better than 3 big meals.  It does mean I am consuming pretty basic food and I feel a bit sorry for this baby getting mundane tastes as a result whilst Z was treated to gourmet feasts around the clock.   But then the alternative is to throw total caution to the wind and eat whatever the hell I like. Thats not an option when it’s likely to make the baby suffer so we go on with the boring good foods for a little while longer.   

The advice from other sufferers has been a bit of a lifeline.  Hearing about the journey of others and their tips has really helped shaped my new diet and whilst you really do have to remember that everyone is different, you sometimes discover something else you can add to your safe foods list. 

I’ve learnt most fruits are actually ok as long as you don’t go overboard.  I went overboard with watermelon this week. Must definitely not do that again.  Carbs can tip you over the edge, especially when you’re trying to guesstimate how much your shop bought lunch weighs just by looking at it.   I didn’t appreciate the strong connection of carbs with diabetes.   Surprisingly, chips, pasta and rice seem to be ok for me.  Bread is the killer. Which means toast is on ration. 

I’ve discovered over the last couple of weeks that my glucose tolerance is much better in the evening and I can even have ONE glorious bite of cake.   So I continue to plug the husband with treats and gratefully accept all the cupcakes that come through our door.  I’m also mentally making a list of all the foods that I’m going to consume once the baby has arrived and I’m tested postnatally.  I may possibly dive head first into a whole freezer of chocolate feast ice lollies.  

(Week 2 of Project 52)

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  1. Mud Cakes and Wine July 11, 2015 / 7:53 pm

    Your doing so well and have so much to learn in such a short time. Diabetes is such a complex creature and never seems to do what you think it will do. Keep up your hard work and look forward to cake :0) xxx

    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 9:58 pm

      Thanks so much for all your help, it’s really helping me tweak it all. I’m still not there yet but your advice has really helped.
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  2. Nikki Thomas July 11, 2015 / 10:24 pm

    I feel for you I really do because I know how much food I ate during all of my pregnancies and it must be hard being so careful. You are doing a brilliant job though by the sounds of things and yes I think you should seriously spoil your self once the baby has been born.
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 9:59 pm

      I should make a list shouldn’t I? 😉 I’ve found a little slot where I can have a bite of cake and my levels are ok. That one bite is amazing!
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  3. LauraCYMFT July 11, 2015 / 11:03 pm

    Oh gosh, I can’t imagine not being able to just eat whatever I fancied, especially when I was pregnant. Well done you though and yes, definitely a big treat when baby arrives.
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:00 pm

      I am thinking Eclairs in the hospital bed maybe ;). And a chocolate feast of course.
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  4. Tim July 12, 2015 / 12:17 am

    Glad to see you’re adjusting well now and learning what you can and can’t get away with. Things are so much tougher with GD but I think it’s important to allow yourself the occasional treat as long as you’re staying within safe limits. Complete denial doesn’t necessarily do anyone any favours. Keep going – you’re doing great!
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:01 pm

      Thanks Tim and thanks for all your advice. It’s really made things a bit easier for me. I really did not have a clue!
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  5. Sara | mumturnedmom July 12, 2015 / 1:09 am

    You’re doing so well, and it’s not for long, but it must be so hard to see all that cake! I do love that you’re able to have one bite of cake, I bet you savour that one!!
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:03 pm

      I really do! I feel a bit naughty but I do check my levels again after it and they’re still ok. That little window feels so good!
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  6. Sarah MumofThree World July 12, 2015 / 5:57 am

    I’m glad to hear you’re managing it well, but I know it must be really tough and frustrating not being able to eat what you want. Hang on in there, not many weeks left to go! x
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:03 pm

      Thanks Sarah! I think I’m still pretty bad at it but can see a slight improvement in understanding it all day after day.
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:04 pm

      Thank you, I think I do need to go looking down those diabetes aisles. Possibly jam! 🙂
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:05 pm

      I’m still a bit pants at it but not wanting to go onto strong tablets is what’s giving me the motivation. x
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  7. Carie July 12, 2015 / 8:49 am

    It’s not for too long, you can do it! Though it must be killer when you’re being plied with cupcakes – could you freeze some to eat after the baby arrives?
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:06 pm

      Ooh I never really thought of that but that’s a brilliant idea!
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  8. Iona@redpeffer July 12, 2015 / 9:45 am

    Absolute torture, but there’s a wonderful end in sight-and I totally agree with you-diving into a freezer full of feasts is an excellent idea!
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:06 pm

      Yes I am contemplating maybe lining up a whole bunch of desserts ready for me as soon as I’m home from the hospital!
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  9. laura wolf July 12, 2015 / 11:53 am

    Great Picture! Diabetes is a tough one. I would miss my cake too! Hang in there.
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:07 pm

      Thank you Laura. I technically have to wait for two months after the baby is born but I’ll feel less stricter on myself i think and hopefully my thresholds will be a bit more lenient.
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  10. Outside The Click July 12, 2015 / 11:55 am

    Avoiding cakes is something I would extremely difficult to do. Wishing you all the best through your pregnancy.
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:08 pm

      Thanks very much 🙂 I have no idea how others do it, particularly with Type 1. It seems a lot tougher.
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:09 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I am hoping it’s good news after the baby is born and I’m given the green light of being diabetes free!
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  11. Foz July 12, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    Glad you are managing the diabetes…

    Re toast, try wheatgerm bread, I could eat that. There was another one but the name fails me. If I remember will let you know
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:10 pm

      Thanks Foz, I am definitely going to look for that. I found one brown bread with a low carb content and another which was pretty much the same as white bread. Confusing!
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:10 pm

      I didn’t think I would miss cakes too much. One bite a day is wonderful though, for now 🙂
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  12. Emma T July 12, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Ooh yum, a Feast. I can understand that craving for post natal eating.

    Must be so hard having to restrict your food types. I’d never thought about the carb impact on diabetes – interesting to know. Guess it’s because of the hidden sugars? Hope you find some more variety and interest in the rest of your pregnancy.
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:11 pm

      Yeah I hadn’t realised carbs have so much hidden sugars in them. Feels like I’m still learning every day right now.
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  13. Ruth (geekmummy) July 12, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    I can imagine how hard it must be to resist all that lovely cake. I know a bit about this stuff because there’s a lot of Type 2 diabetes in my family, and I keep thinking I need to sort my eating out before it hits me. I can’t resist the cake though!
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:12 pm

      I am the same with lots of Type 2 in the family. Im learning just how much sugars I was consuming before, it’s a bit scary!
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  14. Jenny Paulin July 12, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    oh Tas I do feel for you being deprived of cake!! i would be gutted! it sounds like you are being very sensible about it all and taking the right steps. well done you xx
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:13 pm

      I am loving looking at all of yours right now and promising myself I will make them 🙂
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  15. Lec @ babystuff.tips July 13, 2015 / 11:04 am

    You poor thing! I was so worried when I was pregnant about getting gestational diabetes. Diabetes runs in my family and I also have a mega-massive sweet tooth. Hang in there xx
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:13 pm

      It’s a bit scary isn’t it? Thanks very much, I’m hoping it disappears magically as soon as the baby is born!
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  16. Jane - Our Little Escapades July 13, 2015 / 7:44 pm

    It must be so hard to get your head around something so new in such a short space of time. Gestational diabetes is very common and I’m glad talking about it has helped you on your journey. I really hope it gets easier for you as the weeks pass x
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:14 pm

      I hadn’t realised how common it was till the consultant told me. I seem to completely escape last time. Think age got me on this occasion.
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  17. Mummy of Two + 1 July 13, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    Oh poor you (and congratulations, I must have missed your announcement!). You really want to be able to eat whatever you fancy when you are pregnant don’t you. Glad you are managing to control it a bit more now and try not to dream about cake too much!
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 I am hoping it’s a very temporary thing and disappears once the baby comes along.
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  18. HonestMum July 13, 2015 / 11:50 pm

    Gosh it must be tough but you are doing so well and interesting that rice and pasta is OK for you but not bread, are you on a low Gi style way of eating. Not long until you can head dive into chocolate x
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:16 pm

      It’s strange isn’t it? Maybe id had lower portions m. Potatoes are a bit risky for me though!
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  19. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) July 14, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    Aww hang in there! Sending you hugs cuz I know that nothing I can say can make things better but hang in there =) mysundayphoto
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    • Notmyyearoff July 19, 2015 / 10:16 pm

      Thanks very much Merlinda. I feel a bit like I’m fasting all the time!
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