Published on December 22, 2015

Diabetes Class

I arrived at the Gestational Diabetes Class at Mary Greeley Medical Center Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center with an array of emotions. I was nervous of course, but also excited to have all my questions answered that I had come up with since I started testing my blood sugar levels. I was one of six in the class, all first time gestational diabetics. A couple were first time mom’s to be. At least one other had a similar story to mine. We didn’t have it with our first pregnancy, but had a family history of diabetes.

Diabetes Education Staff

Mary Greeley's Diabetes &
Nutrition Education staff.
(Lynn is in the front row on the left.)

Lynn Maves, a diabetes educator, was our instructor for the morning. Not everyone had their monitor’s yet. She was very hands-on with walking those who were new to their monitors through the steps of how to use everything. A few of us had this down already, but it was still beneficial. There were a lot of questions that gave me knowledge I didn’t know I was missing.

Going in to class, I assumed diabetics need to avoid carbs. I was wrong! The class covered what was a serving of carbs, how to count carb servings, and how many to eat. It’s broken down by each meal: 30g of carbs for breakfast, 60g for lunch, 60g for supper, and two snacks per day at either 15g or 30g each. I went to class thinking “Avoid carbs” and I left thinking, “I have to start eating MORE carbs!” This was a lot of carbs in comparison to what I was use to eating. Plus, my hardest number to control was my fasting blood sugar in the morning when I first woke up. I needed to have my number at 93 or below, and mine was generally between 98-107. To get this number lower, it’s suggested to eat a 30g carb snack with protein right before bed. If that didn’t work, I’d have to have a low dose of insulin before bed.

I convinced Lynn to give me five nights to try and lower my fasting number. I ate a half of peanut butter sandwich and 8oz of milk before bed each night, and started testing exactly 8 hours after I ate the night before. And it worked! My fasting number lowered by that next Monday. Lynn seemed very pleased and let me go for another month without insulin. I was so relieved! Giving myself an insulin shot sounded painful and horrible. I thought I had figured out the scientific formula to staying off insulin. I had my next OB appointment not long after. I explained to Dr. Lines that my fasting number was the hardest to control, but that I had a plan. She smiled and said, “If it’s hard to control now at 16 weeks, it will be even harder at 26 weeks. Taking insulin isn’t horrible, and you still have to live your life through the pregnancy. It may be worth taking the insulin before bed to allow yourself to sleep longer and not have to get up right at 8 hours to check your blood sugar levels.” Dr. Lines made my thought process change again. I had a few weeks before my next appointment with my diabetes educator. Hormones also affect my numbers, and being pregnant with twins gave me even more hormones. I was prepared to do my best until I met with Lynn again.

About the Author

Mindy WendtMindy Wendt is a mom of twin girls who were born in April 2016! She and her husband Ryan also have two daughters, Taylor (15) and Tessa (4).



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