When I was pregnant with Baba I put on nearly five stone, he was a diddy 5lbs 12ozs so it wasn’t him at all really! By the end of the pregnancy they thought that I had pre-eclampsia and I was rushed in to be induced five days early, as my blood pressure got higher and they thought I had protein in my system. After some anxious times before and after the labour and actually being really scared by a midwife who told me I wasn’t allowed to leave the hospital as I could have a fatal stroke as I had pre-eclampsia, I finally saw the consultant who told me I was fine and that I had never had it in the first place, and that I could go straight home.
So I knew the moment that we found out that I was expecting this baby that it was going to be brought up and mentioned. I have lost some weight since having Baba but not a huge amount, to be fair I am still carrying a lot of the weight that I put on with him. So when I went for my first appointment for this pregnancy I knew that something would be said. Straight away I was told that as I have a high BMI this time, I will need to have a glucose test, and a scan at 28 and 32 weeks along with the other scans. I was a little bit gutted to be honest, but I was fine with that I knew that something would happen. Although I haven’t been so fine with the recent post that I received in the past month, I have to go for a two-hour talk about the care for my pregnancy on the 1st of March. I will be honest I have a midwives appointment next week and I will be asking if this is really necessary. I already feel pretty patronised by the letter so I know how I will feel in this two-hour talk.
I know I have excess weight thanks for that, but I also know already that I am eating better than I was with Baba’s pregnancy. When I was pregnant with Baba all I could literally stomach was chocolate, Salt and Vinegar Crisps, a bit of bread and Cherry Coke. This pregnancy yes I have felt sick in but I have managed to carry on eating. I am very into cheese! Cheese and crackers seem to be my craving, but other than that I am doing well at eating proper meals. I am loving couscous for lunch full of vegetables and am liking stews, rice, stir fries and a good hearty roast dinner. I am trying really hard to eat different variety of food. I did have a thing for fruit at the beginning but that has disappeared although I am eating a lot of vegetables, and am trying to get at least five veg in every dinner that I make.
But it is always at the forefront of my mind, I don’t want to get gestational diabetes, it is something that scares me a lot, much more than I would like to admit to be honest. My dad has diabetes and I really don’t want to increase my chances of it, but at the same time I really don’t want another scare with pre-eclampsia. I am really concerned about it and am already stressing about this meeting on the 1st of March last night Mr L and I had a bit of chat about it, and I am debating whether to do some cooking out of my old slimming world books, as I know this is healthy food, and Mr L wants to lose some weight himself so it wouldn’t be a bad thing. But I want to do what is best for the baby.
So I am looking for some advice really as I really want to stay healthy this pregnancy, I need to get doing some exercising as well that is also at the forefront. I want to be walking the dog more, not that he is that impressed in this weather anyway! Try to get him out for a walk and he just looks at you to be honest! But I do want to do more things.
So I am asking you readers for recommendations, what good recipes can I make? Where is a good place to get advice? What are good exercises to do, or are there any good exercise dvd’s out there that you would recommend?