Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Halloween Without Candy-A Horror Story

Yesterday was the scariest Halloween I can remember since I was a child and had an unfounded fear of trick-or-treaters.  It made leaving the house on Halloween surprisingly difficult.  I also was scared of 4th of July fireworks which is totally random but true, none the less.
Anyway, yesterday was the day I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes!  (cue scary music)  I couldn't believe after years of enjoying sugar, on what should have been the sweetest day of the year, I was being restricted.  WTF Halloween Gods?

I love you candy corn.  You are pure sugary goodness. Never forget that.

The skinny (ahem) on gestational diabetes is that I am pretty much considered a diabetic for the rest of my pregnancy, have to check my blood sugar 4 times a day, count all my carbs and follow a diet from a nutritionist.

According to the American Diabetes Association, you are at higher risk for gestational diabetes if you fit into any of the following categories:
  • You're obese (your body mass index is over 30).
  • You've had gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy.
  • You have sugar in your urine.
  • You have a strong family history of diabetes.
Some practitioners will also screen you early if you have other risk factors, such as:
  • You've previously given birth to a big baby. Some use 8 pounds, 13 ounces (4,000 grams, or 4 kilos) as the cutoff; others use 9 pounds, 14 ounces (4,500 grams, or 4.5 kilos).
  • You've had an unexplained stillbirth.
  • You've had a baby with a birth defect.
  • You have high blood pressure.
  • You're over 35.
Because I don't fit into any of these categories, I've come to a rock-solid conclusion.  I am magical.  I am a magical sugar fairy.  Where other people lack sweetness, I am overflowing with it.  I'm still working out what all my magic powers are but I assume they're pretty badass.  And I also have a kit with needles to prick fingers which is pretty damn cool.

So I've deemed it my personal responsibility to protect all the world's sugar until my children are born and I can eat it again with reckless abandon.  Watch out Krispy Kreme.  I'm coming for you.  You better have the HOT light on.


  1. No! After all that "healthy" eating we did all week, it still came back positive? I'm sorry girl - I know it's not the outcome you were hoping for. Here's to 2 healthy babies coming your way next month. :)

  2. Thanks Jess! Apparently I could have just eaten crap all week and it wouldn't have made a difference. What a disappointment! But I've been introduced to a whole new world of whole wheat and brown rice. WTF is this stuff?

  3. Saying hi from the Twin Multiples site. I'm a fellow twin mom blogger. Love the blog!

  4. Hey CourtneyJo! I can't wait to read your blog! Keep writing. It might be the only road to sanity.


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