Because I tend to be hypoglycemic in pregnancy, sugar is NOT my friend. Which is really tricky for someone who has a developed appreciation for chocolate. :OP
I’ve come to realize that my battle with morning sickness and headaches is largely due to hyper-sensitive blood sugar levels. The sugar crash most people would feel after polishing off a box of donuts I get from eating a bowl of raisin bran. It’s a wild, crazy roller coaster of trying to juggle protein and complex sugars. The simple stuff is out, even too much fruit at one time. Gar.
I have to be careful, too, because once I have a little too much and crash, my body craves even more to level me out again. It’s a vicious cycle. And if I allow myself to eat that much sugar constantly, I’ll shoot my pancreas to pancreas hades, and end up with a hefty mama and baby at the end of the show, as well as a baby whose sugar is all out of whack after birth. No me likey.
So, basically, I’m on a diabetic diet for now, which means that even natural sweeteners are out, or at least used quite sparingly. It’s not a big adjustment from how I normally eat, but it does mean that one of my last-ditch crutches when I’m feeling emotionally vulnerable is out. No tiny cartons of mocha ice cream, no chocolate bars. Not unless I want to feel like roadkill.
And since I’m strongly against artificial sweeteners, that means I have to tame my sweet tooth altogether. Just as well!