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A HEALTHY PREGNANCY/ 13

Well if it isn't one of my favorite pregnancy indulgences: the cupcake. This is a strawberry cupcake from Miss Mamie's. Pretty, isn't it? Now, I'm not going to tell you that you can never have a treat during pregnancy. That would be really mean. What I am going to do is educate you on this little addictive ingredient: sugar. Perfect timing for my glucose test (to check for gestational diabetes) that I have coming up in the next couple of weeks.

A few facts about sugar:

  • More than 50% of Americans consume 1/2 a POUND of sugar a day. (source)
  • Cancer cells feed on sugar. (source)
  • High blood sugar levels can cause premature aging. (source)
  • The average American colon processes 100 pounds of sugar a year. (source)
  • Our bodies were designed to run on glucose, however now the main source of sugar in our diet is fructose.
    - Fructose is dangerous because it has to be metabolized through your liver. If your liver spends all its time metabolizing sugar, then it no longer can function properly. The liver's job is to get rid of toxins. It sees the fructose as a toxin, so all of the other toxins are left hanging out in your body. (source)

    Sugar and Pregnancy:

  • Sugar is often pushed in pregnancy and is totally socially acceptable, unlike caffeine and other stimulants.
  • Sugar goes straight to your bloodstream when you are pregnant causing major spikes in insulin which are released from the pancreas. (source)
  • Excessive sugar intake can take a toll on your weight and your baby's. A bigger baby means you are at higher risk for having a c-section. Rapid weight gain also increases your chances of stretch marks.
  • Between 2 and 10% of expectant mamas get gestational diabetes. It's the most common pregnancy health condition.
    -With diet (here's a healthy eating plan) and exercise you can typically keep your levels normal, even if you are diagnosed, without the aid of medical intervention.
    -Even though gestational diabetes will most likely not stay with you after pregnancy, it raises the risk of you getting diabetes down the road. (source)

    Bottom line? Keep treats to a minimum for you and your baby's sake. Something that's keeping me sane right now is buying a bar of dark chocolate on monday and having that to last me all week. It is really satisfying and doesn't have a lot of sugar in it. If you must indulge, DO IT (otherwise you'll binge), just don't do it every day.

    Starting next week I'm going to be starting a new series: Getting Ready for Baby. I'm almost in my last trimester, so I thought it would be a great time to discuss: nesting, freezer meals, organizing, tips for older siblings, etc. If you have any tips you want to share, leave them here and I'll make sure and include them in a post. Thanks in advance!

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  • 12 comments :

    1. I am loving that you are writing about your pregnancy. This is my first baby.I have my glucose test this weekend, and am right about to get into nesting for my baby girl! I am loving the inspiration you are giving, thanks!

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      1. so exciting to prepare for your first baby! what an awesome time. thanks so much for the encouragement becca. hope everything goes smoothly this weekend. :)

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    2. I know sugar is evil, but . . . have you tried Trader Joe's S'mores ice cream sandwiches? They seriously make all my cares about my health go out the window (almost).

      I'm trying to reign in my sugar intake, and I love how My Fitness Pal gives me the breakdown of everything I'm eating, nutritionally. I go over my sugar allowance every day, and it's usually because of fruit, sometimes yogurt, etc. Though admittedly, occasionally I eat treats. :)

      The other thing is that I'm WAY LOW on calcium every day. It's scary. But I've tried taking a supplement with lots of calcium twice, and both times I ended up with such severe cramping that I almost went to the hospital. Seriously, possibly the worst pain of my life. The doc said it could be from too much calcium. So I'm not sure what to do . . . I don't drink milk (I mean I use 1/2 and 1/2 in my coffee, but that's such a little amount), but I do eat lots of leafy green veggies that are supposed to contain a decent amount of calcium. Any ideas?

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      1. temptress! luckily the trader joe's near us is just far enough to keep me away. ;) as far as the calcium goes... broccoli and leafy greens can have more calcium than milk, so that's great that you're good there. too much calcium can definitely be a problem. don't trust the nutrition counter as the endallbeall on MFP. when sam was going to a nutritionist he showed his stats to her and she said it wasn't entirely accurate. if you're eating yogurt and cheese, etc you should be fine. also, just taking a proper multivitamin may help. avoid anything synthetic. look for organic brands.

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    3. I totally agree with you on the dark chocolate thing - it's what has gotten me through the serious sugar cravings during this pregnancy. Even a tiny piece is satisfying.

      Really looking forward to your third trimester posts... Especially freezer meals - that's something that I would like to do but am lost on where to start.

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      1. i've always been intimidated by them as well! hoping to simplify and understand the process and make some yummy things while i'm at it!

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    4. As to the last comment,the thing with freezer meals is that you really only need to prepare some of the freezable elements, that you will then eat with fresh fruits and veggies when u go to eat them ( so freeze grains or grain-substitutes, egg,meat, dairy/dairy subs.... Then you just add some nice salad, fresh fruit, etc etc when you eat them! I was sooooogreatful I had pre made alot of meals after I had Amelie.

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      1. would love any/all recipe suggestions katie! thanks for the tips. :)

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    5. Have you tried freezing bananas and then pureeing them with a little cocoa powder? Has the texture of ice cream and just enough sweetness. Also we bought a Zoku quick pop machine and its been awesome for making fruit puree in to popsicles that aren't full of sugar.

      Hard candies helped me through my pregnancy sugar cravings because they lasted long enough to satisfy me with just one or two.

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      1. i love banana ice cream! so tasty and so jealous that you got a roku. it's on my wish list fo sho.

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    6. Starting next week I'm going to be starting a new series: Getting Ready for Baby. I'm almost in my last trimester, so I thought it would be a great time to discuss: nesting, freezer meals, organizing, tips for older siblings,

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