With four kids, ranging from 13 months through to 15 years old, this healthy mummy certainly has her work cut out for her!
Karrina spoke to us recently about managing gestational diabetes and the importance of meal prepping while breastfeeding!
Mum on gestational diabetes and the importance of meal prepping while breastfeeding
Photo 1: “This is me in February 2016, when I was about 28 weeks pregnant with baby number 4. I had just found out I had gestational diabetes.”
Photo 2: “This is me in June 2016, when I started on The Healthy Mummy Smoothies and bub was 8 weeks old.”
Photo 3: “This is me today. I’ve lost 17kgs* since February 2016, and 73cms since June 2016.”
In Australia, 17,000 women develop gestational diabetes every year.
Gestational Diabetes is when your body can’t cope with the extra demand for insulin production during pregnancy, resulting in high blood glucose levels.
The condition is monitored by testing blood glucose levels throughout pregnancy and is usually controlled by adopting a healthy eating plan and performing regular physical activity.
After the baby is born (once the placenta leaves the body), gestational diabetes usually disappears. A special test is performed about 6 weeks after the baby is born to check that blood glucose levels have returned to normal.
With her most recent pregnancy, Karrina says she managed her gestational diabetes with diet and exercise.
Karrina says, “I put on a lot of weight very quickly so when I went for my glucose test I don’t think the Dr was surprised, especially considering I have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) as well and I was 32 years old.”
On Finding The Healthy Mummy
Before I found The Healthy Mummy I felt tired and sluggish, I didn’t have the energy to do anything! My hair and my skin felt yuck and I was anxious.”
Although Karrina admits to wanting lose a further 10kgs, we asked her how she’s feeling today, having already come so far on her health journey.
Karrina says, “I’m Happy! I have so much energy now. I play basketball with my teenagers, I chase my 13 month old around, my skin has cleared up and my anxiety isn’t as bad.”
It’s All About Meal Prep!
Karrina says, “Breastfeeding made me so hungry all the time. If I hadn’t prepped snacks I would eat what ever I could find!”
“I made a lot of snacks when I could and froze them so I always had something to eat.”
You can find more tips, advice and snacks to help breastfeeding mums on The Healthy Mummy blog, such as:
- Top Snacks For Breastfeeding Mums
- 10 One Handed Snacks For Hungry Breastfeeding Mums
- Breastfeeding Diet Plan, Tips & Advice
Image Source: Supplied (some of Karrina’s Healthy Mummy Creations!)
Did You Know That The Healthy Mummy Smoothies Are Breastfeeding Friendly?
Karrina says, “The Healthy Mummy smoothies were a life saver for me. I wish I had known about them sooner. I would eat breakfast and be spilling it all over the baby or I would make lunch but I wouldn’t get time to eat it.”
“I could make and drink The Healthy Mummy Smoothies while feeding, with no spillage and they helped with the hunger.”
“Oh, and they also increased my supply. The day after I started them ( twice a day) I woke up full.”
Healthy Mummy Community
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