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Re: [IP] Pregnant and frustrated - need help!

Hi Heather!  I am a diabetic mom of two and my docs had told me never to
have kids.... just a couple wks too late thank God!!  Diabetic pregnancies
are tough.  Both physically and emotionally.. I won't even try to make you
feel better and say they are easy.  I went through hell.  But every last bit
of it was worth it and I would do it again in a second and do plan to do it
again some day.  When I found out I was pregnant my A1c's were 13!!  I am a
bad, bad, diabetic.  (smiles)  Terrible cook, eat out all the time, and
hate, I repeat HATE healthy food.  But ... I did it.  Try to stick to the
strick meals... it will help keep your babies size down.  And you will feel
so much better yourself.  Once you get used to the new routine (which I
won't preach should be the same ol' routine... smiles again cuz I know how
it is) it will be a snap.  When the realism of the pregnancy sets in ( eg.
you feel the baby kicking) you will think nothing of all this hassle.  You
would hate to have an unhealthy lil one or one with disabilities.  Keep your
spirits up... and when you feel like processed food or snacking on something
you shouldn't... adjust your insulin and cut down on something else later.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions I can help you with or just
need someone to vent to.  I have been there, you'll be OK.. and soon..
sooner than you think, you'll have a precious lil bundle, to cuddle and
thank God for.  Good luck.  Jenni, diabetic 6+ years... pumping 4, mom to
Kalyn age 4 and Keegan age 2 ( you can see his website at
----- Original Message -----
From: "Heather" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2001 4:52 PM
Subject: [IP] Pregnant and frustrated - need help!

> Hi everyone...
> I am 9 weeks pregnant, and very frustrated.  My OB highly recommended the
> Joslin clinic to help me with my pregnancy.  I saw the nurse educator, the
> dietician, and a doctor at my first visit and was very pleased with them.
> have been having a little trouble keeping my bgs from fluctuating from one
> exteme to the other, due to the fact that I am not a good cook and we eat
> out a lot.  When I do cook, it's usually with processed foods...  meals in
> bag, stuff from a box, etc.  The people at Joslin have me faxing my bgs in
> 2x a week and call me with changes after reviewing my numbers.  The
> dietician there said it was ok to eat some processed, boxed foods, and to
> dine out.  She did tell me to try to make healthy choices as much as I
> though.  She has me following a plan of three meals/two snacks a day.  The
> entire experience at Joslin really helped us feel like a diabetic
> isn't such a big deal.  HOWEVER.... my OB was a little concerned with my
> readings at my last appt, and told me she would have the dietician at her
> hospital send me some sample meal plans and recipes to help me start
> a little healthier.  Well, the dietician left a message stating that the
> wants me on a stict two week menu, no more eating out, adhering to strict
> CHO numbers at each meal, writing down everything I eat, and that she
> me to come in.  She even told me that my numbers were unacceptable, and
> never saw my charts!  The dr. didn't even make a copy of my readings.  If
> the dr wanted a change made, why didn't she call the dietician at Joslin?
> She's the one who sent me there in the first place!  I am so frustrated
> right now.  I am hearing different things from different people, and  I
> don't know who I'm supposed to believe.  (It's not like I'm overweight and
> eating McDonald's everyday.  I'm only 126 lbs and I do try to eat as
> as I can.)
> I would appreciate any advice, suggestions, helpful tips, etc... on
> with the drs, eating right, and knowing what is actually best for the
> I am a teacher, just starting back to school from summer vacation, and
> be teaching a different grade this year.  So...  I have a great deal of
> stress, anxiety, and worry going on right now on top of all this other
> stuff.  I have spent the past 2 weeks getting my room ready for school
> hours too) and I'm already feeling exhausted.  And the kids don't start
> Tuesday!  My family keeps telling me to stop giving 110% for this year and
> do a little less than usual, but I don't know how to do that!  I am afraid
> I'm not going to be able to handle it all, and will harm our baby because
> my inability to put myself first.  Boy, is it going to be a long 7 months!
> Sometimes I really resent being diabetic!  Thanks for listening and for
> responses.  (feel free to email me directly too)
> A very tired Heather
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