I love eggs, and usually have them for breakfast most mornings. I sometimes have them otherwise when my chickens are laying good. I like them over easy with whole grain toast and fruit. I get anemic if I don't eat enough eggs.
My doctor says eggs are just fine, and to eat as many as I like.
It is the processed foods/ faux foods that are bad for our health. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and milk are the most wholesome foods.
Meats are 'used' protiens, and not as healthy as natural protiens. The animals used for food are fed all kinds of harmful foods, and abused cruelly. They are full of diseases.
Cardboard foods are not worth the room they take up, and are full of toxins. Sodas, and sugary pastries and junk foods are not healthy. Those are the things everyone should avoid, diabetic or not. [Sometimes it is hard to avoid them 100%, but if you even cut back majorly you are improving yourself.>
I don't know the answer to your question. However, I had undiagnosed gestational diabetes with all 3 of my babies back in the 1970s when all they had was pee in the cup once a month. They weighed 10 lbs, 9 lbs 15 oz, and 9 lbs 2 oz at birth. They were all just fine. And no C-section.
However, since you KNOW you are diabetic, and pregnant, please do what you can to control your blood sugars. Learn from others on here how to manage your sugars, and keep them as even as you can. You STILL have to eat sufficient for your Baby to grow well. Have you started prenatal care yet? That is very important to your health, and the health of your Baby. You will need prenatal vitamins too to be sure you get enough for Baby.
You do need to get your A1c down better, probably closer to 7, or a bit under. I am not sure what the OB/GYNs recommend nowadays for that.
Take a deep breath and relax, and come here often to learn how to take care of yourself.
I am mostly vegetarian and eat very little meat. So for me, things like whole grains, beans, and nuts are my main protiens. Plus I eat eggs and dairy. I am allergic to soy, so that is out. I hate leafy green stuff... and I cant chew it due to dental problems.
I do have some deserts, but not all the time. If I have them, I trade off something else.
Just remember, if/when you do have a too low sugar, to use REAL sugary something such as OJ, or jelly. I have even heard of icing being used, glucose tablets, or some such thing to bring it back up in a hurry. And have a serving of protien with it to stablize your blood sugar. Artificial sweetners are no good for a low episode.
I have a diabetic friend who is much younger than me [I am 60>. She has had several heart attacks, and strokes. She has been fighting for disability for many years, and medical coverage. She finally got her disability a couple of months ago, but they are dragging on her medical even though the judge ordered it. She is now blind in one eye, and losing her sight in the other. She is having major PAD symptoms in her good leg, and maybe the other one. She cannot get the care she needs to stabilize her diabetes without the medical coverage. If they had given her the disability early on, her diabetes would not have been so neglected and so advanced. I hope they get off their behinds and get her medical coverage before they kill her.
If you make a casserole, you could serve protien as a side dish. Have a serving of protien, and count the casserole as either 2 or 3 carbs depending on your portion size. Skip any bread and or desert if you like. I usually serve casseroles as a side dish. I do NOT do the math. It gives me a headache.
To me 1 peice of fruit such as apple, pear, banana = 1 carb. I have my own system because I really hate math. Nor am I going to waste a half banana. I WON'T eat the other half later because it will be brown and nasty.
I am not counting out 2 peices of dried fruit as a carb. A small or med handful = 1 carb for me.
1 potato = 1 carb. A dab of butter = 1 fat. No, I do not get stingy enough to weigh/measure the butter.
I do not sweeten cold cereal. BUT I will lightly sweeten tea or lemonade or hot cereal. Artificial sweetners make me sick, literally.
If I bake a desert, I decrease the sugar by approx. half.
If I have something extra that I want, I cut something else that I do not want. [Isnt that why they call them "exchanges" ?>
Personally, I love breads, potatoes and pasta. I hate rice, but will sometimes eat a little depending on how it is made.
Eat whole grain breads. If you like them, eat whole grain pastas. Or eat regular pasta, but in small amounts.
I hate "FAT FREE" junk. YUK. I will NOT eat it. I eat regular fats, but skimp on them instead. Remember that junk they used on potato chips a few years ago? That stuff was oral TNT and would cause all kinds of terrible problems. It ain't crossing my lips. I tasted it a time or two until I found out its nasty side affects...no thanks. I will not drink skim milk. My mother used to make that nasty powdered skim junk when we were kids. Some dumb doc told her it was "healthy". Not gonna do it. They found out later, that it is not good for kids.
Anyhow, experiment a bit. I cannot eat ramen noodles. They send my sugars into orbit. Who needs fried dough anyhow? Maybe they do not bother other people's sugars.
Glad to meet you. Sorry you are having troubles getting your sugars down.
Diabetes makes one thirsty for a good reason--you need more water to flush the extra sugar from your system. So drink more WATER. It helps! Other liquids do not work so well as plain water. ["Diet" drinks are the worst thing you can do.>
Another way to help is more exercise. I know when your sugars are so very high, about all you want to do is sleep it off. But going for a walk, or doing other exercises is more helpful at this point. Do light exercises to help lower your sugars.
I hope the post about less expensive insulins is helpful to you. Check into it.
I think you will learn more about diabetes and taking care of it here, than from most doctors.
I used to know a lot of them. The American Diabetes Association [site above> will send you a free information kit with lots of good info. If you look online, you can find a lot of helpful info too. You can also find a lot of JUNK. So be wary, and careful.
I have used Walmart brand syringes and prefer them over the B-D brand. However, my insurance will not cover the Walmart brand syringes and only pays for the B-D brand. Since disability is a very small income, I am stuck with the B-D brand syringes. One reason that I prefer the Reli-On syringes is that they are individually packaged, and easier for travel purposes than the bulky 10 packs other brands make. I think the sterility is safer also. Once you open your 10 pack, things can happen, and sterility can easily be compromised.
I tried discussing this with a B-D rep on the phone once, and got nowhere. I did tell her that I only use that brand because my insurance would not cover Walmart's, and I no longer worked or could afford the Walmart brand.
Even so, I much prefer using insulin over pills any day. If you can stick your finger to check your blood sugars, then you can give yourself insulin shots. It hurts much less than sticking your fingers.
Pills work with your pancreas and your liver, and insulin is something you NEED anyway. My A1c's stay between 6 and 7, usually closer to 6 with the insulin. With the pills, my A1cs were more like 8 or so.
NJ, one question-- are Novolin-R and Novolin-N insulins synthetic human insulins, or are they animal based. One reason, I would not want the animal based insulin, is I do NOT do anything pig for any reason because of my religious preferences. Once upon a time, insulin came from pigs and cattle. I am very happy with the Lantus and Humalog insulins. But if I had to change, that would be an important factor.
I know people who cannot gain an ounce to save their lives, and they eat like starved lumberjacks. My youngest has to eat 8 large meals a day, and can barely keep his weight UP to 140-ish. He is 6' 1" tall and extremely lean. He has a metabolism problem. He HAS been checked out for all kinds of things. I know plenty of others with figures like rake handles...
There is another factor to weight gain that many overlook besides eating too much and or not exercising: side effects of some medications. I was not overweight as a child or a teenager, though maybe as an infant until I started walking. I was not overwieght in the 70s when I had my children. I was not overweight in the 1980s. I was slightly overweight in the 1990s, but not much. And in 2003 when I was diagnosed, I was about 155 lbs [I am 5' 4" tall>, which was more than I weighed 10 months pregnant [I carried one almost that long>. I was loosing it, until they told me that I could not skip meals. In trying to adjust to eating 3 meals a day, and some snacks, and the medications NOT agreeing with me [Metformin, Gluctrol, and Actos>, I did gain some weight. I was working at a very active job and getting lots of exercise. [I will refrain from the ignorant PA and doctor that I was seeing> ... Most of my life, I have been UNDERWEIGHT.
In June 2006, I was a mere 150 lbs which is a tad much, but not terrible for my height and frame. My neuro put me on Lyrica and Cymbalta for the neuropathy in my legs that was [and still is without medication> excruciating. They sort of helped the pain. Another doctor added Lexapro for a different problem close to the same time. Within 3 months, they had added 50 POUNDS OF LARD to my body!!! And after a bit, another 20 POUNDS OF LARD!!!!! I have NEVER been so heavy in my life! I was steaming mad. And it took me a YEAR to track down the cause.
At the time, I had recently changed doctors and they all ASSUMED that I was that fat for a long time. GRRRRR. When I saw my neuro again, she did not even notice the weight gain until I pointed out to her that I had been only 150 lbs in June the previous year. She checked her records and found out that I was correct. I told her that I REFUSE to take those meds any further. She says, "you have to wean yourself off of them first". I told her that I was already "weaned" and did not want them further, that she should try something else. I have been on neurontin since.
NO offense against anyone with a weight problem here. I am not used to having a weight problem. So far, I have been able to loose about 20 lbs. Sometimes I can get down to about 190 lbs, but it comes right back. I want my girlish figure back!!! I keep at it. My Mother had some trouble with her weight in middle age, but she has her small figure back, so I am hopeful to regain mine too.
So, I am ornery a bit. But not all weight gain is due to overeating and or lack of exercise. Much of it is.
I once saw a medical chart in one of my doctor's offices back in the early 2000s that said DIABETES causes weight gain, especially around the middle. I have not been able to track it down, and I no longer see that doctor. It was not an old chart either.
Anyhoo, I am working on this weight problem. Speaking of which, I need to get outdoors and work in my garden and go for a walk...
BTW, BROWN rice has more nourshisment that plain old white rice. Whole grains are way healthier than stripped down versions of grains. If you need to get used to it, try mixing them together. There will be more flavor too. If I have rice, I like to mix it with veggies and seasonings. You can add meat if you eat meats. It does NOT have to be a mound of plain old white rice. YUK.View Thread