The best part about being diagnosed with gestational diabetes is that I am now eating the cleanest and healthiest I have ever eaten in my life. I can't complain about that. I hope & pray that in eight weeks we are blessed with a healthy baby. I know that in eight weeks, I'll be a healthy mama. I recognize a daily difference already. I am sleeping well. I am waking up alert and headache free. I have consistent energy and thankfully never suffer sugar crashes or periods of too low-blood sugar. My diet is low-carb, super low-sugar, lots of veggies, lots of berries, high protein and high good fat. I am consuming probably the same amount of calories each day, but they are nutrient packed calories.
In addition to diet, I have noticed a significant difference in my blood sugar levels when I keep stress low and work in daily moderate exercise. I started up Bar Method again. It's different of course; the pregnancy modifications help keep the class from being "oh man, I am dying!" difficult. But it's a great workout, strengthener and something I have really missed. I figure one to two classes a week will help me build up strength for labor. And at the very least, Bar Method is great practice for breathing through pain.
I have also worked back daily walks into my routine. These are my favorite. Usually short - just 15-20 minutes and normally after dinner, but sometimes after lunch too. I am getting to know my neighborhood and love seeing the daily changes that spring brings. (Every single day the plants on the side of the road are taller.) I continue to take photos of the walks and share them on Instagram, partly to hold myself accountable and partly because it's a fun challenge to capture something different each time I walk the same stretch of block.
Spring is wonderful. Fresh air is wonderful. Eight more weeks of mindful eating, walks and baby kicks? I am on board.