If you have read any of my previous posts, you know that my husband and I took the news of my pregnancy pretty hard. To top that off, once we came to terms that our life was never going to just be ours again, I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. Like a domino effect, one after another the bad news came rolling in. The fact that I was being treated as a patient with GD made me ineligible to give birth at the birth center. The only thing I had left of my pregnancy plan was my midwife and I had to work to keep her. As long as I was able to control my diabetes with diet and exercise, I could stay under midwife care. If I were to need insulin at any point, I would then be transferred into the care of a physician.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being forced into a situation that is not my choice. But here I was, take it or leave it. Please don’t get me wrong. I do not judge anyone’s birth plans or wishes, I just knew what I wanted and how I wanted it. I have found that pregnancy and raising children are subjects on which people often do not agree. We may relate to others here and there, but we all know the feeling when someone tries to tell you how to be during pregnancy, or how to raise your children, and so on. However, I have also found that no matter where we stand on our views, the one and only thing we ALL agree on is that we will do whatever is best for our children. In my case it was to LIVE WELL. I was determined to not let the GD control whatever birth rights I had left. The only option I had was to be as healthy as possible and turn the situation into a positive one. That is how Live Well Mama started.
When I heard “diabetes” I heard unhealthy and boring, so I decided to seek inspiration. To be honest, there wasn’t much out there. Yes, you have your diabetic friendly recipes and for me that was about it. I did not see many resources that made me want to take this disease on with a positive attitude or a creative spirit. I could see how this has caused so many women that have been diagnosed to be so scared and upset when they find out they have GD. My mother was a diabetic and it was pure hell, but that was because she also had a negative perspective about it and missed all the creativity and challenges that it had to bring. I can’t believe I am saying this, but Gestational Diabetes changed my life and for the better. You will hear me complain about it, but at the end of the day it brought a permanent awareness into my life and I am so thankful for it.
I started an Instagram account to track my health and pregnancy hoping that I would attract other women that were in the same boat, and I did. Since March 5th of 2016 I’ve met some pretty amazing women, exchanged some heartwarming stories, been inspired by the community, and have been able to help others cope as well. My goal was and still is, to live a healthy lifestyle during and after the pregnancy. I choose not to give up on the life that I love once my child is born. My husband and I want to inspire other parents to continue living adventurous lives filled with nature, art, music, culture, and love. Just because we are entering a new chapter of responsibility does not mean we need to stop having the time of our lives. I hope that you will stick around a while as I share our adventures with you. Being a first time parent, I can’t wait to share with you all the things that will I learn along the way, so let’s have a little fun and inspire one another!