I had my six week check up yesterday with Doctor Risky. Oh, and in case you were wondering, I got this. Again. *Grumble Grumble* Anyway. I brought Annabel with me because I wanted Dr. Risky and her staff to see the little girl we all worked so hard for. And because I like to show her off because I think she’s kind of adorable. It was great to see them all coo over her. I hope Dr. Risky was proud of how healthy and gigantic Annie already is (up almost three pounds since birth, omg).
My exam went fine, Dr. Risky said I have healed well and she cleared me to resume normal activity. I’m actually kind of looking forward to exercising. Of course, ask me again in the morning when it’s time for me to go to the gym. I’ll be singing a verrrrry different tune. But before I go to the gym I am going back to physical therapy to get my hips and back in a bit better shape. I’m hoping my physical therapist can make some good and easy suggestions to help get me back into shape. Emphasis on easy. Hopefully something involving eating cookies.
Speaking of cookies, there is one thing that isn’t quite right. In the last six weeks, I’ve had to check my blood sugar a few times to see how my body is adjusting to no longer being pregnant. The good news is that my blood sugar after I eat is normal. The weird news is that my fasting blood sugar (my blood sugar when I wake up) is way too high. It should be 90 or below, and it has been 111, 110, 135, 100, and 140. Dr. Risky thought that it is a little weird but she was encouraged that my post-meal blood sugar is at a normal level. But, to be sure, I am going to mention it to Dr. Looove when I bring Annabel in for her two month appointment in a few weeks.
Has anyone else experienced this? I’m not snacking overnight or eating gobs of sugar before bed. I’m hoping this isn’t a precursor to type two diabetes.
I told Annie what was going on and she was like, “whaaaaa?”
I’m glad she’s sympathetic.
Well, she’s totally right, you know. What a good little girlfriend she’s turning out to be
OMG friggin adorable..
and maybe.. just maybe you’re sleep eating? Best reason I could come up with right now..
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Kate @ UpsideBackwards says:
If you figure out how to get back in shape by eating cookies, I hope you will let us in on that secret! Very glad to hear you’re doing so well. Love Annie’s expression – she’s a character!
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Annie made me laugh, and I so needed it this morning. Thanks
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catherine lucas says:
You might need some more time to get back to where you were before Annie… Six weeks seems a bit on the short side if you take in consideration how much medication you took to keep this pregnancy healthy… I would think it takes longer then six weeks before your body gets rid of all the extra’s…
Maybe a call back to the doc???? But then I guess that she knows you well enough and if something was really off, she would have said something… Annie is adorable…
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Marti from Michigan says:
I agree with Catherine – it takes roughly a YEAR to recover from surgery, and you’ve had 2 C-sections in the last 2 – 3 years. Plus all the meds you were on, the shots, etc, etc. Give your body time to recover.
As well, I have heard cinnamon is good for lowering blood sugars. All 4 of my siblings are type 2 diabetics, it hasn’t come to me, yet, and hopefully will not.
They all take cinnamon supplements and all are in good control of their sugars, especially the morning one. Might want to consider that – its in pill form, or you can just eat more cinnamon – only takes a small amount to regulate the sugar.
And yes, Annabel is adorable, love her reaction!
She is just too freakin’ adorable!
Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
Coincidentally, I just had my fasting blood sugar tested. I scored a 96… and the “normal” range on my paperwork suggested between 65 – 99, so you’re not that far off of 99. It’ll be interesting to hear what your other doctor has to say.
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moosh in Indy. says:
I say it’s because you spend all night with annies brand of sweetness. Hell, my blood sugar shoots up everytime I see her.
LOL! yeah, that =))))
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I agree with them
as for your hips I say Chiropractor (a good one of course) does the trick.
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I had gestational diabetes twice. This past time, I had to use insulin for it because I never got my fasting numbers under control by diet. My baby is almost 6 mos old, but my fasting numbers are still high, but like yours my post meal numbers are fine.
The fasting number is a strange beast because it’s a measurement of how your body is using/storing carbs while you’re not active (i.e. sleeping). For me it’s my nemisis.
My parents both have high fasting numbers, and my grandpa had (non-obesity related) diabetes. I think it just means you have to be extra careful about weight and diet so that you don’t develop type II diabetes. I’m trying like mad to get these last few pounds off becuase I don’t want to be insulin dependent ever again! Besides it being a pain in the ass, diabetes is hard on all your other organs, and shortens your life span. I don’t need that!
That face SLAYS me!
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Cute picture! Glad she sympathizes.
About the fasting sugars. Several people in my family have diabetes, some type 1, some type 2, and I’ve heard that your fasting sugars may be a little higher if you don’t eat a nighttime snack before heading to bed. The reasoning is that when your body stops having carbs to process, it generates its own, hence causing the sugar level in your body to increase.
I am not a medical doctor so take the ‘advice’ with a grain of salt, but it seems easy enough to test…
Annie does look exactly like she is saying whaaa? too funny.
She is so cute!!!!!!
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Thank you so much for writing every day. I wake up to Annie every morning and I feel like she’s growing up with me. She is a looker! She makes my day (it is depressing on the weekends…). So, thank you!
Sarah P says:
Oi. It’s so unfair to get it so soon after giving birth. I can sympathize.
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Annie’s saying, “aaaaahhhh, mommy; it’ll all turn out alright”!!! She is one gorgeous little sister!!!!
That’s the best Annie picture yet!
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She is so stinking cute! Sorry about your Blood Sugars in the AM. I have no suggestions or advice for that part.
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she is soooo sweet……hope that everything in the blood sugar area gets straightened out soon!
I love how you put her in bright pink – it looks so sweet with her dark hair. I have 2 little boys, so I always love to coo over sweet little girl clothes.
Take it easy on your body and don’t overdo it at the gym!
Mary Ann says:
She is sooooooooo adorable I just want to kiss those cheeks!
I was also gest diab, and even 18 mths after baby’s birth, I still check my morning fasting blood sugar just to be informed. My observation is that if I’m not getting enough sleep (even if I haven’t eaten in about 8 hours+) my blood sugar is a tad higher than if I had enough sleep. I’m still hovering around high 90, low 100. Though, I’m also battling 20+ lbs (ok, maybe even 30) that I just can’t justify. As that comes off, so do the # lower.
My internal med dr wants fasting # below 100, not necessarily below 90. I remember reading the standards for gest diab are different (more stringent) than diagnosing regular type 2 diab. He also tests my A1C levels to make sure I stay below 5.5. So if Dr Looove is concerned, maybe she can test A1C to really get an accurate reading on blood sugar in your system, which is not a daily fluctuating number like fasting blood sugar.
So I guess the moral of the story is at least for some years after pregnancy, as weight (and sleep, and eating habits) are on a crazy ride, so too might blood sugar. I figure it wouldn’t hurt me to help me stay on top of it. Good luck!
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My OB said it could take weeks for my sugars to get back to normal once I deliver this kiddo. Also just curious if you asked about the link between the progesterone only BC pill and type 2 diabetes after having GD.
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Ms. Moon says:
I hope your blood sugar is just figuring itself again and is not a portent of anything wrong. I really do. And I think that exercise (nothing crazy- be sane!) might help.
And maybe it’s just that your baby is so darn sweet that it’s infecting your blood. Your kissing her too much! You know, down here in the South, we call it “getting sugar” when we kiss our babies. Are you kissing her all night long?
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Easy PT for your back…..Sounds crazy, but my husband bought me those Skecher Shape Up shoes for Christmas because I had a back injury when I was pregnant. They claim to increase your back and core strength and WOW do they. Now if I don’t wear them, my back hurts and I can see such an improvement in my core strength. Hope that helps! She is adorable!!!! (I swear I don’t work for Skecher
My favorite Annie picture… It’s a face that we, in my family, use ALL THE TIME… LOVE. HER.
I’m glad all went well for you yesterday. I love the picture of Annie. She is so alert now….no long little newborn (WOW…that went wwwaaayyy too fast)!! She is such a beautiful little spirit….takes after her sister and her mom…(and Daddy of course)_
I can NOT get over those blue eyes of Miss Annabel’s!! Geez!!!! They are freaking amazing- like Elizabeth Taylor blue!!! WOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!
Sorry about your body not behaving- but after it giving you that healthy and gorgeous baby girl, it can do no wrong in my book. I’m crossing my fingers that your numbers get back to where they need to be asap! As for the *other* problem, that is just total BS!!! You deserved so many more months off!! Boo!!!!!!
Love and hugs to all of you!!!!
I too have problem with hips and back. Had back surgery 3 months after giving birth to my second baby. I am now doing vinyatsa yoga and its great i am so glad i have this in my life. Trust me i am not one to work out for sure. It’s heated yoga where the room is like 85 degrees it feels good on your muscles, skin and your soul.
Sorry – no help on the blood sugar thing. I’m just here to look at that adorable baby.
Andria Stanley says:
Lurve those baby cheeks!
I hope the sugar levels check out to be nothing major… ugh. You need smooth sailing from here on out!
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HA! I just want to eat her up! Hope you figure out that blood sugar thing. That is a little odd.
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i was told to eat a peanut butter english muffin before bed to help with my fasting blood sugar, and it really did help.
Love that picture of Annie, adorable.
As for the blood sugar. Weird, no ideas here. Hopefully Dr. Loooove will have some suggestions or it’ll just even out on its own.
Love and hugs.
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That baby of yours just gets cuter by the day. Good luck figuring out your blood sugar mystery.
Momma Uncensored says:
what a character!!
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Perfect quote for a priceless photo. Annie gets more adorable every day!
I. Could. Eat. Her. Up.
She is so freakin’ adorable I almost can’t stand it.
I, too, can’t offer any blood sugar advice – sorry. I’m just here to see the cutest baby ever! Good luck with everything, though!!
XOXO from GA,
Maybe your body is just telling you that you’re not eating enough pie. Judging from what you told us about how Dr. Risky was whenever something came up during pregnancy, I think if it were something to be really worried about she would have done something.
Annie is a totally perfect girlfriend.
Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] says:
Holy big girl! Her, not you.
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So freaking cute!!!
I did a little research, but all I found was a woman with a very similar problem and no answers or follow ups to her post. Lousy Dr. Google!
By the way, I would love to know more about this cookie diet of yours
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After I delivered my daughter, I never checked my blood sugar again. Sure, I did the post-prandial test around my 6 week appt which was fine, but I have no idea if I had issues with my sugar levels after delivery.
I did; however, have pregnancy induced hypertension and that took several months to resolve. My baseline is still a tad higher than what it was before pregnancy, but overall it is fine.
there’s something called the dawn phenomenon where your bodytries to give you a boost of glucose so that you can wake up, and this is typically due to not having enough sleep (your body knows you need the boost, basically). and actually NOT eating a snack before bed can increase your chances of a blood sugar spike, so try to eat some protein, like cheese or some slices of cold cuts
Every time I see a picture of Annie, my heart melts.
My little bro has diabetes and he experiences something called the “dawn phenomenon” sometimes, where his fasting blood sugar is high in the mornings. Apparently there’s something at work in our bodies (all the nighttime processes and hormones) that can cause blood sugar to rise in the morning. Normally insulin comes up with it, but I’m sure that after delivery and while nursing, hormones might be a bit confused of late.
So that’s one possible explanation!
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Karen Bennett says:
Try curves for a great not too difficult workout. They have a great joining deal going on right now and the workout is as hard as you make it. The only bad thing is that they don’t offer child care that I know of. Anyway look it up it is fun!
Her dark hair and blue eyes are so stunning!!
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Mary @ Holy Mackerel says:
I’m glad Annie is in your court. Imagine how difficult parenting her would be otherwise!
the blood sugar issue sounds like the dawn effect.
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Dawn effect is defined as an increase in the blood sugar in the morning and is typically invoked in the context of diabetes. It is different from Chronic Somogyi rebound in that dawn effect is not associated with nocturnal hypoglycemia.
It is possible that dawn effect is caused by the release of counterregulatory hormones such as cortisol, glucagon, epinephrine, all of which can signal the liver to release glucose. In most of the cases, there is no need to change insulin dosing of patients who encounter dawn effect.
Katie C. says:
I agree with the other Katie about “dawn effect”. My sister has Type 1 diabetes and experiences dawn effect, meaning when she wakes up in the morning, her blood sugars are higher than the norm. I would say that you don’t yet have Type 2 diabetes because your non-fasting blood sugars are normal, but then again, it is the best thing to check with the doctor. But if your blood sugars are in the normal range after you’ve eaten, I would say you are fine. Unless your fasting blood sugar shot up over 200, or something, I wouldn’t worry.
Andrea's Sweet Life says:
I wish *I* looked so cute when I said “Whaaaa?”. How do you get anything at all done, when you could just stare at her ALL day?
Odd about your fasting blood sugar. I hope Dr. Looove figures something out!
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I’m a little too lazy to read through all the comments, but I have direct experience with, what I’ve heard called, “The twilight effect.” I have diabetes and this morning spike used to p*ss me off because I had worked out and eaten healthy and it was like thanks a lot stupid blood sugar! But…a few things helped – doctor suggested! I would have like half a cheese stick and a small piece of fruit (one of the less sugary carby ones would be best) right before bed and it helped. counterintuitive, I know – but the idea was something scientific that I understood to be “your body is nervous that it won’t have enough sugar so it is going to have a preemptive strike overnight, but if you feed it a little then it will be happier.” See! I’m like a diabetes cartoon writer! Hope that made sense…
Hope everything is ok!!
She is so stinkin cute!!
Hey Heather! I got gestational diabetes in both of my pregnancies, too. And my fasting numbers are still above normal. It doesn’t seem to be effected by what I eat at night.
Unfortunately, in my case, I have some pre-diabetes going on. Which to me seems ridiculous. I mean, I’m 28. I’ve still got a good 15 lbs to lose from the babies but my BMI is still in the high normal range. But my doctor said it can happen after gestational diabetes. Boo.
Since my numbers aren’t crazy off, I’m not really doing anything about it right now. I hope that losing the rest of the baby weight will help. It’s something to keep a pretty close eye on, especially for when you get pregnant again.
Good luck, I hope your high numbers are just temporary and that all is well. Love the blog – I always love waking up to some great reading material.
Fasting numbers are often used to diagnose diabetes. If a solid eight hours have passed between the last meal and morning blood sugar test, the high number is due to insulin deficiency. Sorry – it’s probably not what you wanted to hear but you have a good chance of developing Type 2 diabetes in the near future.
Liv C. says:
I had the exact same thing, where my blood sugar would shoot up over night. It helped me if I ate a small snack before bed. I know that sounds backwards, but it worked for me.
Hope that helps!
I can’t believe it’s been 6 weeks already. That sucks Aunt Flo already came back for a visit! Ugh!
Hope the blood sugar levels get worked out.
If I had a delicious baby such as Annie to NOM on all day, my blood sugar would be a little out of whack too.
Though, hey, some extra blood sugar never hurts around here… If only there was a way to trade! I’ll give you a bit of my lows and you give me a bit of your highs. It’d totally work, no?
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My Hubs was diagnosed w/ type 2 diabetes awhile ago. It’s no fun. But then they gave him some meds, he followed the diet, and he’s lost 30 lbs. It’s almost back to normal now.
But no cookies. Unless you make mine with splenda, then those work…. (splenda is gross though)
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Seriously, what a beautiful baby!
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Aunt Becky says:
You’re just one sweet bitch.
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High fastings can be an indication of insulin resistance. However, it’s only been six weeks. I say give it a little more time and if you’re still having fastings over 125 consult a diabetes educator.
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That is really weird. I hope that its not a cursor for Type 2. Good Luck and as always your photos of Annie are Adorable!
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Heather, praying it’s not a cursor for type 2. Good luck and keep us posted! and Annie is gorgeous!
Oh, that face! She’s too cute.
Hoping that those sugar levels even out soon.
I use to be a paramedic and my hubby is diabetic so let me see if I can explain this. With people who are true diabetics (not GD), their fasting blood sugar is often too high because the body is overcompensating for you not having eaten. For example, in a normal person, when we go a long period of time without eating, our body releases energy (glucose) from stored resources.And, then, as we release the stored energy, our body also releases the insulin needed to deal with it. However, with a diabetic (or pre-diabetic) the body either isn’t releasing the necessary insulin or it isn’t using the insulin the way it should and that leads to higher than normal fasting blood sugars. Sigh, I might have botched that explanation but it is a documented phenomenon.
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have a snack, like a couple of graham crackers and a little skim or 1% milk before bed. the serving of carb & protein should help your body get through the night without your blood sugar bottoming out (this can actually lead to a spike in your morning blood sugar reading.) not that your fasting is extremely high, but controlling it now will help prevent type 2 later. i had gd with both of my pregnancies, and had the same postpartum experience as you. (even the whole crimson tide experience while breastfeeding, but that’s tmi!) anyway, this helped me get back to a lower fasting blood sugar. i love reading your posts and “meeting” annabel!!!
Shannon Kieta says:
I’m all for testing the A1C for an “accurate” result. It could be your going too long without eating and your body is overworking to create the insulin. And is creating too much! Talk it over with your doc. Don’t jump the gun especially if your post meal sugars are good. If they were high, then I would start to freak. BTW, that little bambina needs to be in pictures in a magazine somewhere! She is too freakin’ cute!
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I had gestational diabetes with my first pregnancy and when my son was 1 year old, I was diagnosed with type II diabetes…..that was over 6 years ago! The difference between you and I is that I am overweight.
I didn’t read all the replies, so this may have already been said. I often have high fastings, but normal the rest of the day. What my endo has told me is that sometimes your blood sugar can drop during the night and it will cause a high fasting. If you are up feeding Anabel around, say 3AM, check your sugar to see where it is at. You may find that your sugar is dropping at night. Your body may then overcompensate and release too much insulin. If you find it to be on the lower side in the night, have a snack. And….I should really take my own advice and set my alarm to check my sugar during the night.
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Natalie @ Hope Springs Eternal says:
Nellie is 7 weeks old today and I have yet to get my first PP period. Not that I’m complaining mind you. And I’m not breastfeeding so I was expecting it by now. Whatev, the longer I can go without the better. I effing hate AF and her stupid, red, crampiness.
Annie’s faces are PRICELESS.
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Seriously, you need to bring her out here because my arms ache to just hold your precious little wonder.
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Oh and I should add, when I was diagnosed with type 11, they checked my fasting blood sugar and it was high. As I said, it was over 6 years ago, so I don’t remember the number. I want to say it was 140 something. They had it checked again and again it was around 140 something. That was all it took to diagnose me with type II diabetes….no checking after my meals was needed. I just wanted to add that after reading a few comments saying not to worry if only your fasting is high. My A1c was checked, too, and I don’t remember the number…..a little over 6 if I remember correctly (under 6 is normal).
Here is a quote I found online about diagnosing type II: “The standard diagnosis of diabetes is made when two separate blood tests show that your fasting blood glucose level is greater than or equal to 126 mg/dL.”
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Lindsay from Florida says:
“Emphasis on easy. Hopefully something involving eating cookies.”
I have just started working out religiously over the last month, and even though I know it’s good for me, it’s rough. I would like to learn more about this cookie exercise regimen as well.
Sorry about the blood sugar levels, hope things even out soon.
And Annie? As scrumptious as ever.
Um! Adorable!!!! Love your conversations with each other!!!!
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She is so freaking cute I just want to smooch her chubby lil cheeks!
Delurking to say that I have experienced the same thing! I had gest. diabetes and although it “went away” after delivery – I have high blood sugar in the AM. I seem to be able to control it by not eating any refined sugar or fruit before 11 AM. Otherwise it spikes higher and then there is a crash
Vanessa Jordan says:
I am going to seriously tell you what they told me, I had gestation diabetes with Raina my oldest, after I had her the diabetes specialist they sent me too while pregnant, told me that women who have gestational diabetes, always get type 2 in 5 to 10 years after having the baby, I didn’t listen, after having Raina I never stuck myself again, I had it with 6 pokes a day. The strange thing was when I got pregnant with Jada they said I didn’t have gestational diabetes with her, I was so glad I didn’t have to bother with all of that stuff, and the 9 little meals a day. Right after I had Jada I had to go in the hospital for other reasons, the doctor came in and said you did know your diabetic didn’t you? I said no I did not! I was, and it was 5 years exactly! The sad part is if I had listened to my specialist, I would have put it off a lot longer, I might have even made it to the ten year mark. You can lengthen how long it takes you to get it, after having it in pregnancy, take care of yourself, exercise regular, eat right, eat healthy, and try to stay on the small meals diet, I know it sucks, but Heather let me tell you having type 2 diabetes is much harder, and much worse, please take this advice, I sure wish I would have, now my feet stays swollen, I can’t lose weight, it use to drop off, and some days its everything I have to function, I am so tired and feel like crap! You may even be able to not only control it with diet and exercise, you may be able to completely avoid it all together.
take care, and that Annie is adorable!!
Oooh, what a pretty outfit on Annie–and what beautiful blue eyes!
Good luck getting your blood sugar back to normal. Maybe it just takes a while to regulate post-pregnancy?
You might need to eat something later at night. You migt be burning too many calories during the night and have ketones in your urine. My friend was gestationally diabetic and my other friends daughter is diabetic and if they didn’t have snacks late and night the ketones were burned causing higher sugars I believe.
Annie is adorable btw
And I hope that your blood sugar in the morning soon goes down. I’ll be praying for you.
Annie is just too cute!
As for your blood sugar being a bit high in the morning, I call that the dawn effect. You may have not eaten anything pass 6 or 7 p yet you wake up with it a little high. It happens but I would be on it in case it leads to Type 2. If so, I shall welcome you into the club.
Yes you have to eat something small before bed…if you are waiting too long between meal then that can do it!
Love the pic!!
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Great photo!!! … Wow. You can’t catch a break with Aunt Flo. Bummer. … I know Dr. Risky probably is on top of this, but as far as your blood sugar goes, would any medication you are on possibly cause the morning highs? Not sure if you’d be able to do this since you’re nursing, but do you drink any kind of herbal teas or anything? Warm milk before bed? I’m just throwing out ideas. Not sure any of them would even cause what you’re going through. I hope you find the cause soon or it just stops. Glad everything else is going well!
P.S. as for exercising, go ahead and give yoga a try. You’ll love it!
I hope your blood gets back to where it should be.
Also, OMG SO CUTE!
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Julie from Michigan says:
No advice on the levels, but I do have to say…OMG its been 6 weeks already? Gosh time flies, she is adorable!
Sometimes your sugars will go up in the morning. It is your body’s way of saying – “get ready for the day, release the sugar!”. If is called the Dawn Phenomenon. Google it (I am sure you already are). Hopefully it will go away. But exercising will help your body regulate the sugars as well, so that will help too. Good job Mama!
i do diabetes research and i know up to 110 is considered ok (even though below 100 is ideal)…but i also have seen stress, lack of sleep, and hormone fluctuations can all increase your levels which i would assume with a baby six weeks ago all three of those are definitely a possibility!
so i wouldn’t worry TOO much yet especially if after meals is ok.
your little annie is precious- my sister is being induced on the 22nd I can’t wait to have my first nephew!
I had GD as well. I was well controlled after meals but had high fasting sugars. The solution for me was actually to eat a small snack before bed. Have something with protein (1 carb, 1 protein) like half a banana and peanut butter. Exercising before bed helps as well. So far, so good post pregnancy for me, but I have to go in every year now to watch.
Your numbers aren’t too high so you’ll probably be back to normal in no time!
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I too had gestational diabetes and found that by blood sugar would be high in the morning if I didn’t eat a snack the night before. Not sure why it does that but eating a little something before bed made all the difference and still does as I occasionally still check my sugar.
Annabel is just getting more beautiful every day. That picture reminds me of the E-trade commercials, especially the one they gave during the super bowl … “a milka-whaaa?”.
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There is actually a couple of reasons that your sugar can be high in the morning. My bodyfriend is diabetic and struggles with higher numbers from overnight also. Here is a link that explains the dawn phenomenon
When my fasting sugars were too high, per my doctor’s orders, I NEEDED to have a snack before bed. I would literally eat something and go to bed. I’ve checked my sugars randomly over the past few years, but hadn’t thought to check my fasting one! Oh my! Who knows what it could be… but I do annually get my bloodwork done to monitor my risk.
Dee Dee says:
I had GD with the twins. I was told the most important way to prevent turning into a true diabetic after I had the girls was to lose weight & NEVER let my BMI bet over 25 unless of course I was pregnant again! So…with that being said I would look at your BMI. If your BMI is greater than 25 work reallllyyyy hard to lose weight and get it down to 25 or less. And please don’t be mad at me if you are like super skinny IRL. I am a terrible judge of weight so I have no idea how much you weigh:)
Oh, she is adorable…but, anyway, on to your question:
what I found out after my last gestational diabetes pregnancy is that lack of sleep will keep your blood sugar readings elevated. People who don’t get at least 8 hrs don’t have enough time for their body to readjust it’s blood sugars from during the day. So, being up with Annabel, not getting a straight 8 hrs could elevate your blood sugar levels. It took my body a full year to recover from the gestational diabetes, I was only sleeping 5 hrs at a stretch at the most.
It’s all better now. Good to hear your after meal sugars are good.
Wow, she is gorgeous. I am thinking of you always xoxo
My sister is experiencing high fasting blood sugars. She is taking her blood sugar after each meal and it has been okay but her fastings are always above 100. She is going to her doc next week. I’ll keep you posted if there is helpful news
I had gestational diabetes with my child and I come from an extended family of 22+ diabetics. I think you are wise to get another opinion. My numbers stayed higher, so my doctor asked me to stay off sugars and white starches after I delivered my daughter. I was nursing, so I needed even more protein/calories. I noticed this helped, but my sugar level is higher than normal. My aunt also developed gestational diabetes and her doctor did not test her sugar after the birth (this was 25 years ago); she went into a diabetic coma when her daughter was five days old. We almost lost her due to the doctor’s inattention to her blood sugar. Be persistent with your health!
Thats the most gorgeous pic yet. Love it
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i had gestational diabetes with my son 2 years ago, and i now have type 2 diabetes. (I am overweight and that is the biggest reason why I converted). I believe a fasting morning glucose greater than 126 is considered a red flag. The best thting you can do is talk to your doctor and ask for some screening tests like a glucose tolerance (yuck!). Its a good thing youre taking care of this and keeping tabs on it. You dont want it to blossom into something more serious.
I chose insulin for therapy, coupled with the a proper eating plan and light excercise . I am pg and prepared that it may get trickier to manage as my pregnancy progresses. After delivery, i can step up the activity level.
I am sleep deprived that has a direct impact on that morning “fasting” number. I am fasting when I wake, but I generally get about 5 hrs a night, with a midday nap.
Im loosing weight, I have more energy and I feel good. If I had taken these steps beforehand, I might not have converted. I dont know. My goal is get to a healthy weight and fitness level, and if it goes away great! If not, I will still benefit from the diagnosis, because it will cause me to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Good luck mama!
“You’re sleep walking, Heather! It’s a little known parasomnial condition!”
I’m glad to hear that everything looks good. Your post reminded me a bit of this scene from a recent episode of 30 Rock:
That is a cute baby. My wife and I are expecting #2 soon and we are hoping for a cute baby like that as well. My wife is having trouble with high blood pressure so she has too take off from work and be under a NO STRESS rule. Having health issues when you are pregnant is no fun.
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Marilyn @ A Lot of Loves says:
I am a Type 2 diabetic. When I’m not on medication my fasting sugars are always higher than they are during the rest of the day. According to my endocrinologist (Diatebes Doc), this is because I’m going such a long time without eating any carbohydrate. My body reads that my blood sugar is going down a bit (because I haven’t eaten anything) and overcompensates for the lack of food carbohydrate by releasing excess stored sugar making my sugar levels extra high. During the day everything goes back to normal because I’m active and eating a slow steady stream of carbs throughout.
After the birth of my children I found that my sugars took about 6 months to stabilize back to a normal (for me) level.
I hope this doesn’t mean you’re pre-diabetic. It could just be your body getting back to normal. Having a baby really whacks a body out. (at least it did for me.)
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Awwww, what a darling face!
Maybe @zoeyjane’s banana-oatmeal cookies would help?