The nurse just called me back about the pain I've been having. She asked me what I had eaten. I KNOW ground beef doesn't sit well with me tummy wise (makes me vomit!) but I had lasagna the first night and stuffed cabbage last night (with fried okra). I wasn't even thinking both of them had ground beef in them. ANYWAY, she said that my gallbladder might be slowing down and not doing it's job properly during pregnancy and eating high fat meals could be forcing it to work...harder? She said I need to change my high fat intake and change to something better for me (she also said since it's not an issue every night and that it goes away, it really looks like what I'm eating). I don't know why something I ate 7 hours ago would still be giving me an issue, but I guess with pregnancy everything slows down.
So my question for you is this: I know you've got recipes for having GD. What do they consist of? Meat? I know you're trying to cut back on the carbs and unless I have GD too, I don't think that's the issue. I'm really not sure where to turn here: I know that pain sucks and I don't want to repeat it so something has to give, but I just don't even realize what I'm eating is horrible for me.
Bahahahahaha (at craving the stuffed cabbage - I had the EXACT same reaction. I LOOOOVE stuffed cabbage and immediately thought "That sounds amazing....")
Yes, my deal has more to do with watching carbs than fat. I don't think my diet would be ideal for someone watching their fat intake because I can happily dive into a hamburger (as a matter of fact I had a leftover hamburger with gravy for lunch just now - how much fat is that??? lol) but I just have to watch my carbs.
I do have a suggestion though. Keep in mind that I am totally a numbers person, so this approach may not work for everyone, but here is how I manage my GD. I figure you can do the same thing with fat that I do with carbs. My trick for managing my carb intake is tracking it and knowing exactly how much I am eating. To that end, I would do a couple of things if I were you. First of all, ask your MW how she defines "low fat." Like, what is the maximum amount of grams of fat that she wants you to eat per day and per meal. Is there anything else that she is looking for you to do, like eat at least X grams of protein per day? We need specifics.
After you know that, I suggest that you join a site like SparkPeople or MyFitnessPal. True, those sites are really set up for people looking to lose weight, and obviously that's not your goal. But, you can disregard their goals and just use their tools to help you know and keep track of what you're eating. The two tools that they both have that I think are useful are the food diary (where you track everything you eat and it adds up the stats like carbs, calories, fat, and protein for you) and the recipe calculator, where you can go in and input your own recipes and it will add up the stats for you, and then you can log them in your food diary. They also have a large library of recipes on the sites that should be lower in fat and whatnot because they are meant to help you lose weight, so that may help you come up with recipes and meal ideas.
I use the recipe calculator on MyFitnessPal to figure out my carbs allll of the time. I use a special diabetes carb counter app to log my food because I can set it to email everything straight to my GD dr, but if I didn't have that app I would also use their food diary to log my food. I figure that it should work as well for keeping track of your fat intake as it does for my carb intake.
I hope that helps. If you do decide to go that route and need help using the site (MyFitnessPal) let me know - I use it all of the time and really like it.
She said that a lot of the stuff I'm eating (like the ground beef) has grease in it. (Obviously, you have to drain it) and that grease is going down to my gallbladder, which is taking it all in, but not producing enough bile quick enough to ....I dunno, neutralize it? So that's why I'm throwing up grease a lot after meals PLUS that's what that pain is - my gallbladder working overtime and it's not able to catch up. So I know ground beef is out and probably anything fried. *sigh* I think it's just that high grease factor.
Looks like I'll be eating baked chicken and salad forever. Haha.
OH and when I googled (don't judge me!) gallbladder issues during pregnancy - want to know what it said? Okay, fine..I'll tell you. It said that gallstones can stay with you during pregnancy and a lot of women think they still have MORNING SICKNESS when in fact it's the gallbladder giving them issues. The only way to tell is via ultrasound. And not like the ultrasounds I've been getting, it'd be higher up so it's not like they would have seen the issue already.
That sucks! I hope that you get it figured out. If you're straight up looking for "not greasy" then yeah, I think you're looking at grilled or broiled meats, steamed veggies, and stuff like plain rice and noodles and bread (no butter or olive oil). Sorry Jess, that sounds like the suck.
I had pregnancy induced gallstones while pregnant with my son. Not fun at all! Low fat diet did nothing to help. I was hospitalized a total of 5 weeks (5 separate admissions) for pain control and finally had my son at 36w1d....gallstones found at 24w. His feet were at my gallbladder, had emergency surgery when he was 9 days old.
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So when I was trying to get preggo yrs ago I had an u/s for my ovaries etc and the tech was like do you have pain and I said no and he was like well you should!!! I had huge gallstones so I went to surgeon and he told me that gall bladder issues are very big with younger now and. It mid 50s etc. also he recommended removal because when you get pregnant and things shift I could've had a more sever attack. I had it out laparoscopically and have no issues. It is fat you need to avoid and it varies person to person. So like a friend of mine had huge attacks with eating onions...nothing specific bothered me but it was because my stones were too big and the pain comes from the stones trying to fit through the bile duct and mine couldn't move at all. On my last pg.org board 3 people had theirs removed during pregnancy and said it was amazing after to not be sick. I would suggest seeing a specialist because even if you don't have it removed they can help you with a plan for trying to avoid the pain