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Are any of you having some trouble with low blood sugar? It's really challenging me. Unless I'm putting something into my mouth every half hour or so, I seem to get hit with it. I have to wake myself up in the middle of the night to go have juice and crackers. And that's after having a decent-sized snack with protein, carbs and some juice or milk before bed.

I've been munching on trail mix pretty regularly but am really starting to get sick of the sight of it!

Anyone got any hints or advice?
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I get really cranky and mean if I don't eat constantly right now. Something that has proved a big, big help is Cathe's Carob-Nut Balls (I tried to find the post but couldn't, so here's the recipe...I hope it's okay to post this):

Carob-Nut Balls
These are great energy boosters. Keep a batch in your refrigerator and take a few along when you go out.

1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup walnuts
1 cup raisins
4 dried figs or dates, pits removed
1/4 cup carob powder
2 teaspoons blackstrap molasses
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger or 1/8 teaspoon powdered
Pinch sea salt
About 2 tablespoons water
Carob powder or unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling

Place almonds and walnuts in food processor with metal blade and pulse to chop. Add raisins, figs or dates, molasses, vanilla, cardamom, ginger, and sea salt. Process until everything is uniformly chopped. Add water a little at a time until mixture holds together. Roll into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in shredded coconut or carob powder if desired. Keep balls refrigerated if you are plan to keep them around more than a day or two.

Makes about 2 dozen

Note: Other nuts or seeds can be substituted for the almonds and walnuts.


These give me SO much energy and they keep me full longer than if I just ate nuts or trail mix or something. Also it's easy to just pop one in every now and then.

I'm not sure what to do about the eating in the's not so bad for me. I just wanted to post the recipe for these wonderful little energy balls. They've been a lifesaver. Hang in there!

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Thanks for that recipe, Amy! I'm going to make them this weekend. They look like they'll do the trick.
I'm not pg anymore, but I've had hypoglycemia since childhood. My advice would be NOT to have anything like juice before bed -- have something like whole wheat crackers and cheese. The juice is going to give you a spike and then a sudden drop and hour later.

Are you drinking tons of water? That makes a big difference for me. I make a concerted effort to eat fat, protein, and carbs with every meal and snack. Like apples with peanut butter, crackers and cheese, fruit and a piece of string cheese, hardboiled eggs and toast, etc.
Thanks for that advice, Reader! I'm definitely going to switch to more complex carbs at my before-bed snack.
Hi, popping in from not your due date club, but I just wanted to tell you that I also suffer from (pretty severe) pregnancy induced hypoglycemia and I've pretty much figured out how to manage it.

I essentially eat according to the South Beach Diet (Phase 2/3) where I eat NO refined sugar (well maybe a little tiny bit once in a while), very little fruit sugars or other sweeteners (honey, raw sugar) and no white products (flour, sugar, rice).
Agave nectar is a great sweetener for me- no blood sugar reactions at all.

I basically read all labels and nix anything that has more than 20 grams of sugar. I don't know if yours is as bad as mine, but this has worked for me. I eat something every 2-3 hours- I cannot go more than 3. Basically I don't let myself get hungry. I walk around with protein snacks- raw almonds, antibio free turkey jerky, a boiled egg, nut butters on celery, those types of things.

I don't eat dairy so I buy low sugar or unsweetened soymilk but I can drink Kefir, so I've done that as well.

I don't drink juice at all, unless it's 7/8 of a cup seltzer and 1/8 juice. Fruit gets eaten with protein as well.

If you do want to eat more sugar, things that slow the absorption of sugar are fats, proteins and acids. So, if you have something that is "carby" you can drink lemon water (with a LOT of lemon) or a tsp of raw apple cider vinegar in a cup of water to slow the sugar reaction down.

Truly, its' a pain in the butt to manage this, but the way I feel when I don't do these things is some pretty negative reinforcement. I feel awful.

Hope that helps a bit.
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Oh, and if you're eating trailmix with raisins or other dried fruit, cut it out. Dried fruit is filled with sugar- basically you shouldn't eat it if you are hypoglycemic.

Hope you can get a handle on it soon!
Sorry to butt in...

Not a part of this due date club but I also have hypoglemia and looking for ways to manage it.
Wow. The idea of not drinking juice or eating trail mix scares the heck out of me. I'm surviving on regular infusions of both to stop the crashing.
I'm checking in on this thread as well.

And feeling like I totally need the bag
: for drinking fruit juice all the dang time. Ugh.
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