'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood opens up about tackling gestational diabetes: 'It doesn’t make you feel the greatest'
'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood is just a month away from welcoming her baby boy with boyfriend, Andrew Glennon and as exciting as her pregnancy has been, there have been times when the reality star was feeling 'drained'. Talking to US Weekly, Amber opened up about getting diagnosed with a condition called gestational diabetes- high blood sugar which affects a pregnant woman.
Amber confessed that sometimes it becomes hard for her to get past the day. “It’s been a big issue, you know, it doesn’t make you feel the greatest,” she told the magazine. “I can’t really go anywhere. I have to stay here to be close to my doctor.” According to the magazine, more than nine percent of pregnant women tend to develop this condition and it is necessary for it to be treated otherwise - 'the baby may be at increased risk of excessive birth weight, preterm birth and respiratory distress syndrome and low blood sugar.'
In order to ensure that she and her baby are in good condition, Amber has regular checkups which can be a handful at times. “I have to check my blood sugar after I eat,” she said. “I’m healthy, the baby is very healthy and it’s going perfectly.”
In order to ensure that her baby boy is in good condition, Amber was advised to have soda. “My diet has been mostly vegetables, a little bit of fruit, a lot of meat and some protein,” she revealed. “I don’t eat sugar or a lot of bread and if I do eat bread, it’s whole grain. I don’t drink any pop. Just water and milk.”
While Amber is nine months pregnant Andrew has been trying to make sure that he is by her side whenever she may need him and the Teen Mom could not have been happier to have a partner like Andrew in her life. “We’re doing amazing! It’s a dream. I swear, I’m gonna wake up one day,” she gushed talking about him. “He’s reading baby books and getting ready. He’s a good guy.”
This comes after Amber confessed to being on depression meds that are safe for pregnant women. Talking to US Weekly, she assured people that everything was better now. “I’m on medication for depression now that’s safe for pregnant women because it was getting pretty bad and we had a scare that maybe I would fall into a postpartum depression after the baby,” Amber said. “But everything’s going smoothly.” She also added that she wants to share her experience with people who have been facing the same by writing about it.