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September 17th, 2011, 05:09 PM
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So with my first pregnancy I had raging mood swings. I'm talking like if there was such a thing as pregnancy psychosis, I had it! My mom told me that it was because of the stress of my husband being unemployed and that this time would be different. But the whole first trimester was NOT different. I would be fine one second and ready to carve out my husband's heart with a spoon the next. And poor man, he is almost ALWAYS the target of my rage. He just BOTHERS me when I'm pregnancy for some reason.

So last Saturday we had a HUGE fight. Like he threatened to leave me huge. And I was sitting thinking and realized that our bad fights seemed to be coinciding with days when my diet was really outta whack (usually when I had skipped a meal or eaten a lot of junk food). Ginny was kind enough to find me some research that confirmed that low blood sugar can cause mood swings in some people. And I know from reading about gestational diabetes that ALL pregnant women have issues with their pancreas and insulin production during pregnancy. Not everybody's is as serious as GD, but highs and lows happen fast and drastically as opposed to the gentle rises and falls you have when not pregnant. Which is also supposedly why pregnant women are often starving or have weird cravings.

So I set about trying to stabilize my blood sugar to avoid the mood swings. AND IT'S WORKING! It's been a week now and the only mood swing I had the entire week was a day when I skipped my afternoon snack and ate pizza and real coke for dinner. I feel GREAT and have had no cravings or starving sensations all week. I also no longer feel sick right before or after meals.

So if anybody is struggling with mood swings or crying spells or anything, I highly recommend voluntarily starting the GD diet!

Hmmm. I need to stop starting every paragraph with the word "so"
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September 17th, 2011, 06:41 PM
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Wow, that's really great!!! I hope you and DH worked things out too!

Can you give me a sample menu of what you ate a few days this week?
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September 17th, 2011, 09:11 PM
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Sure thing.

6am: Toasted sandwich with sliced hard-boiled egg and slice of 2% American cheese

9am: 1/2 PB&J sandwich on double fiber bread with reduced sugar jelly

12pm: 100 calorie sandwich thins with black beans, chopped chicken, shredded cheese, and 1T Greek yogurt. (sooooo freaking good btw!)

3pm: apple with peanut butter

6pm: whatever hubby wants for dinner

9pm: grapes and handful of almonds

You're supposed to drink 8oz of milk with 3 of the meals but I'd rather die. And I've been drinking a V8 with lunch bc I felt like I needed one more serving of vegetables since I dont eat tomato (which is supposed to be on the black bean sandwich)
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September 17th, 2011, 09:13 PM
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Wow, that menu looks great and totally doable for me! That sandwich you made for lunch sounds amazing too!!

Thanks for sharing!
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September 19th, 2011, 02:21 PM
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Hmmm, interesting! And your menu does sound yummy! Very healthy...I should probably do that too, I'm sure I'll have GD again.
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September 20th, 2011, 05:11 AM
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I know I'll get a better grasp on the GD diet once I see the specialist. Right now I'm just trying to eat a balanced meal and lots of protein.

Oh, and about blood sugar levels, sheesh, my whole family deals with that. People who marry into our family (mother's side) quickly learn that we must be fed on time or there would be hell to pay. LOL!!!!
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September 20th, 2011, 05:15 AM
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Oh, and about blood sugar levels, sheesh, my whole family deals with that. People who marry into our family (mother's side) quickly learn that we must be fed on time or there would be hell to pay. LOL!!!!
Nia, we are like that too! But when I'm not pregnant I just get grumpy and irritable when my blood sugar is low. When I'm pregnant, I become completely unbalanced. Like punching holes in the wall during a fight. Smashing things to bits. Deciding my husband never loved me and it was all a scam to destroy my life. Fun things like that
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September 20th, 2011, 05:28 AM
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Nia, we are like that too! But when I'm not pregnant I just get grumpy and irritable when my blood sugar is low. When I'm pregnant, I become completely unbalanced. Like punching holes in the wall during a fight. Smashing things to bits. Deciding my husband never loved me and it was all a scam to destroy my life. Fun things like that
Oh...

Yeah, not that bad....I think I've had one huge blow up from low blood sugar since being pregnant...and then I was sick the whole next day because I waited so long to eat...ugh.
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September 20th, 2011, 10:53 AM
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That's awesome that you made the connection and are doing so much better after starting the diet!
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September 20th, 2011, 02:28 PM
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Glad to hear you're doing better...it's amazing how much diet affects us, when most people don't really think much about it.

And there is such a thing as pregnancy psychosis, but it's generally just called pregnancy
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