That’s what happened to me. Before becoming pregnant for the first time, I was pretty active and ran in charity road races regularly.
However, I had severe morning sickness that lasted all day for the first five months of pregnancy. I didn’t feel like lifting my head much, let alone exercise. The only thing that gave me relief was drinking those frozen slushy drinks that are sold commercially in popular convenience stores. As most people know, the sticky sweet syrupy frozen beverage has tons of sugar.
That was a big wake up call! Totally unexpected as I was certain I would pass that test with flying colors.
But getting diagnosed with GD was also a blessing in disguise, of sorts.
I had ballooned and gained 25 lbs by then and still had an entire trimester left in my pregnancy and was on my way to major weight gain by the time of my delivery.
Because of the GD diagnosis, my OB sent me to see a nutritionist who armed me with the information and skills to monitor my carbohydrate intake to keep my blood sugar levels down. Otherwise, I risked giving birth to a very large baby who could have been born with a host of health issues if I didn’t be careful. I was also instructed to get at least 30 minutes of active exercise a day to help keep my insulin under control.
Following the tapes daily, when baby slept made me feel better about at least doing something towards my goal of getting back into shape. I also heeded to advice that breastfeeding burns 500 calories to help with the post-pregnancy weight loss, but then it also makes you very hungry. So there was a negative caloric gain on that front. Another unexpected surprise for me and many first time moms I’m sure.
It’s all about the unexpected and thus why I am anxious about getting to peak at the new Cameron Diaz pregnancy movie.