Hypos and Hospitals. 37 weeks and counting…

 

What is hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia occurs when the level of glucose present in the blood falls below a set point:

  • Below 4 mmol/L (millimoles per litre)

What am I looking for?

  • Being pale
  • Feeling weak
  • Feeling hungry
  • A higher heart rate than usual
  • Blurred vision
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • And in extreme cases, coma
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling dizzy

When I was told about my Gestational Diabetes I was told that I wouldn’t need to worry about this, that mine would probably always be too high and that would take more management. That eventually I would probably have to swap to Metformin or Insulin to manage my ‘high levels’.

As it stands I am still totally diet controlled. My highest reading to date has been 8.4 – which happened to follow a flavoured coffee with obviously more sugar than I was expecting. In my defence, it was fresh ground and didn’t come with a handy label breaking it all down.

My normal readings are usually 5.0 – 5.5 and if I am really behaving badly I have two portions of pasta and end up with a 6.

I am finding however the last few days, since hitting the hospital I have been unable to keep my levels up. It is taking a lot more food (which I don’t have room for, or want) to keep me above 4.0. Since before we got pregnant I had already changed my diet and although wasn’t forcing it had been losing weight, I feel good in myself and that is the main thing. So when I was given the talk about Gestational Diabetes I knew that the diet wouldn’t be an issue, it was a difference of portion control not food choice.

However, I am finding myself in a horrible position. My appetite has gone. This happened with Eldest and Mojo at the very end. It doesn’t ramp up from here either. So I find myself at each meal forcing the goods down my throat in a bid to ward off the Hypo and keep baby topped up.

Today I had another Hypo, this time I didn’t see it coming. That on top of last weeks hospital adventure has meant this week has been a bit of a struggle (and it is only Tuesday!)

Not a struggle to get things done around the house or with the girls, but a struggle in the sense that if it isn’t one thing – it is the other.

 

Zara

2 thoughts on “Hypos and Hospitals. 37 weeks and counting…

  1. Oh hunny this sounds tough. As if parenthood isn’t hard enough! Hope normality resumes soon and you are feeling better xx

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