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#51 Sunshineandsmiles

Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:12 PM

Thanks Lokum.

#52 ~spirited~

Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:40 PM

I am in complete shock! Got my GTT results this morning... 4.9/7.0/5.7! So no GD yet for me. Will retest in January.


I'm sure I'll be back ladies, keep well until then!


C

#53 Sunshineandsmiles

Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:58 PM

That's awesome Spirited.

Just a quick update.  Saw the obstetric physician today and am now on insulin sad.gif

#54 Lokum

Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:58 PM

QUOTE (Sunshineandsmiles @ 28/11/2012, 04:58 PM)
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That's awesome Spirited.

Just a quick update.  Saw the obstetric physician today and am now on insulin sad.gif

Sorry to hear it, but not necessarily the end of the world. I was on a fair bit of overnight insulin and my little guy was born a perfectly healthy 8lb last week, and passed his three bsl tests easily with no need for formula or other intervention. (I had the c:s, but not GD related as it turned out.)

My GD resolved immediately as well. Wishing you all healthy babies!!




#55 Sunshineandsmiles

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:07 PM

QUOTE (Lokum @ 30/11/2012, 11:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sorry to hear it, but not necessarily the end of the world. I was on a fair bit of overnight insulin and my little guy was born a perfectly healthy 8lb last week, and passed his three bsl tests easily with no need for formula or other intervention. (I had the c:s, but not GD related as it turned out.)  My GD resolved immediately as well. Wishing you all  babies!!
  

Wow congrats Lokum on your little boy original.gif so happy for you that he arrived healthy and safely.
Second night of insulin and bumped up to 10 units do far. Not nearly as bad as I thought it would be original.gif

#56 rhihoot

Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:14 PM

Congrats Lokum!

I too gave birth to my little boy (7.1 lbs @ 37 weeks) Sunday night, and his levels all good. Mine also and doing really well in my recovery and rocking this new mother business... so far anyway wink.gif

Now eating ALL the chocolate! Haven't felt baby blues, I think it's partly because I am so elated to be back to normal.

Good luck to the rest of the ladies, you bubs are so worth it in the end.

xxx



#57 Lokum

Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:28 PM

Congratulations rihoot!! Good on you for rockin it and staying cheery. I reckon it's the chocolate, as much as the baby, LOL.

In my last post, I meant to say, 'Wishing you all HEALTHY babies' and left out the healthy... of course you'll all get babies, duh.

#58 Sunshineandsmiles

Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:48 AM

Congrats Rhihoot! Fantastic news about bub (and chocolate) original.gif  
Lokum, I was wondering if u could tell me about your time on insulin. Particularly related to weight fai. My OB us being pretty strict and said he would prefer I didn't put on more weight in the pregnancy. I'm 22 weeks and have only put on 1.5kg. I have heard insulin and weight gain is common?
Thank u

#59 Lickety Split

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:03 AM

Hi everyone, can I join? I haven't had an official diagnosis of GD as I threw up the long GTT twice so they couldn't get a result but I am being treated as though I have it and have to be on the low GI diet for the rest of the pregnancy (I'm 30+3 weeks). My diet this pregnancy has been pretty terrible so I'm struggling giving up the high fat and high sugar diet I used to have. It's going to be very hard over Christmas not being able to eat all the delicious food!

I am doing a week of monitoring my blood glucose levels at home and so far they have all been perfect, however I'm told that I will still need to be on the low GI diet even if they look good  sad.gif

#60 Lokum

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:57 AM

QUOTE (Sunshineandsmiles @ 08/12/2012, 01:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lokum, I was wondering if u could tell me about your time on insulin. Particularly related to weight fai. My OB us being pretty strict and said he would prefer I didn't put on more weight in the pregnancy. I'm 22 weeks and have only put on 1.5kg. I have heard insulin and weight gain is common?
Thank u


My OB doesn't get too concerned about weight, and never weighed me or asked. Same with my endo.

However, I lost 5kg at the start of this PG, then gained a fair bit from 15 weeks to 30 weeks and was about 7kg over starting weight. After my GD dx, I hardly gained at all because of the low GI diet and some exercise. (Baby is 3 weeks old and I'm 2 kgs less than pre=PG weight!!! Despite a fair bit of cake and chocolate!)

I suspect what matters is really what your start weight was. Losing 5kg in the first few weeks definitely didn't do my baby any harm, so I guess I wouldn't stress about your weight so much, and just focus on keeping your BSL under control and eating well.

GL!

#61 Ray of Light

Posted 22 December 2012 - 02:09 PM

HI all. New here, just diagnosed with GD at 29 weeks last week.

I know there are so many worse things which could have happened to me, but i'm completely depressed about the whole thing, am really not even excited about having a baby any more. It feels like my world is ending even thought my brain is telling me to think logically.

I have no risk factors, no family history age 25, weighed 55-56kg's prior to pregnancy and about 60-61 now. Very active, eat probably too healthy. I'm in complete shock.

The other thing which keeps playing on my mind is the extra cost of the whole excersise. We have absolutely zero finances at the moment, i'm  about to go on maternity leave and in the last week i've spent over $350 on extra tests/ scans, diabetic educator appointments, buying the blood glucose meter and the bits that accompany. Does anyone know what are the eligibility requirements to get a health care card?

sorry to be so negative right around the 'happiest' time of year

#62 rhihoot

Posted 23 December 2012 - 03:31 PM

QUOTE (Emmaleee @ 22/12/2012, 03:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
HI all. New here, just diagnosed with GD at 29 weeks last week.

I know there are so many worse things which could have happened to me, but i'm completely depressed about the whole thing, am really not even excited about having a baby any more. It feels like my world is ending even thought my brain is telling me to think logically.

I have no risk factors, no family history age 25, weighed 55-56kg's prior to pregnancy and about 60-61 now. Very active, eat probably too healthy. I'm in complete shock.

The other thing which keeps playing on my mind is the extra cost of the whole excersise. We have absolutely zero finances at the moment, i'm  about to go on maternity leave and in the last week i've spent over $350 on extra tests/ scans, diabetic educator appointments, buying the blood glucose meter and the bits that accompany. Does anyone know what are the eligibility requirements to get a health care card?

sorry to be so negative right around the 'happiest' time of year


I can totally relate to you Emmaleee, I am a petite 45-50kg also had no risk factors. Big shock eh? Bawled my eyes out when I first heard.

Have the diabetes educators got you to register with the NDSS? http://www.ndss.com.au/ you get discounts on the reading chips. I didn't have to pay extra for all the other stuff and appointments - the hospital covered all that (Royal Women's in melbourne), sorry that you've had to face the financial burden too.

I think the main things that helped me to keep positive were to understand that it's just for a couple of months, in the whole scheme of things that's nothing, you are following the diet/taking insulan not just for you, but for your baby, and that once they're born, it all (in most cases) disappears - then there's chocolate and ice cream again original.gif

It took me 2 weeks or so to get over the initial stress, then I just accepted it, give it time, you'll start looking forward to your bub again... and good luck!

#63 Ray of Light

Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:32 PM

does anyone know if its possible to get a false positive on the GTT? i tried my hardest today to pump my BLS's up at christmas lunch with the inlaws... softdrink, snacks and dips lots of meat and carbs, dessert etc, and my BLS was the highest is has ever been at 6.3.

I'm in complete denial i know, and for the sake of my baby i'm eating healthy as usual, today was a massive exception., the educator told me there was absolutely nothing in my diet i could change except to try and get in one extra serve of calcium each day, she said if you start restricting things too much you can end up malnourished, anaemic, osteoporosis etc

i feel like im going absolutely crazy

#64 klizanne

Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:43 PM

Hi!

I'm 33 wks pregnant and was diagnosed with GD at 28 weeks. This is the 3rd time I've had GD! First time it wasn't picked up until 37 wks and with my 2nd it showed up during the 2 hour test at 28 wks.

THis time I had to do the 2 hr test at 21 weeks (came back negative) and 28 wks (positive)

I haven't had to change my diet at all luckily, as I continued to follow the GD diet even after my 2nd was born. The only worry is that 2 hours after meals my blood sugar levels seem quite low. I was told it can read up to 7, 2 hrs after meals but my readings are coming back around 3. Does anyone know if that is alright? Is there such thing as too low blood sugar with GD? I'll be talking to my Dr about it on Thursday anyway.

Look forward to chatting with others!  original.gif



#65 Ray of Light

Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:58 AM

Hi klizanne, welcome (again!)

This is first time GD for me, i'm interested to know were you diet controlled for the first 2?

3 sounds quite low, are you on insulin because i know that can make them lower. i don't know if its 'too low', but i read somewhere that in normal circumstances the body has quite tight control over the BSL's, usually 4-6?

Mine are always around 4 fasting, and after meals between 4.5 and 6, the highest one i've had was 6.4 (Christmas day, the diabetetic educator gave me permission to eat whatever I liked, but i was suprised that even softdrink, pavlova and plum pudding couldn't even get them above my target maximum (6.7).

What were your results on the GTT? mine were 4.0, 9.5, 11.3  -i've never heard of them getting higher by 2 hours so i'm quite worried that i might have had type 2 befor pregnancy, despite being very active/ healthy diet.

Goodluck with everything!

#66 Sunshineandsmiles

Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:04 PM

Hey ladies, Hope everyone is doing ok in here and managing there GD.  Can't believe i am only 4 weeks away from having this bub finally original.gif


Starting CTG twice a week now and wondering if anyone else has had to do this and what their experiences were.  I am scheduled for c-section at 38+3.

#67 Lokum

Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:36 AM

HI Sunshine

I was on twice weekly CTGs towards the end, and my c/s was scheduled for around 38+4. All my CTGs were good. Baby was measuring a bit big, but not off the charts. I had a lot of fluid, but was otherwise healthy.

I went into labour spontaneously 2 days before the scheduled c/s and laboured well for 10 hours. Sadly, I didn't progress past 3 cm, even with ruptured membranes. Since I was a VBAC candidate, they really like you to make regular progress so they wouldn't let me go on indefinitely, so I had an emerg c/s.

However, it was really positive. DS' blood sugars were all normal, and he was with me from 1 hour after birth. He fed really well and no need for formula. I did BSLs for 12 hours, and I was normal too. Had my GTT after 6 weeks and definitely no more diabetes!!

I will say that it was a bit tricky for me labouring and maintaining my own BSLs. I was supposed to fast since I was labouring and they said it would make me sick to eat, plus they were also worried I'd end up with c/s and they don't risk eating before anaesthetic. However, the fast made my BSLs drop, so they gave me some IV glucose, which sent my BSLs way up, but I could feel it myself quite quickly, and did the test, so we corrected it. Just one more thing to manage during labour so the baby doesn't come out and hypo or hyper.

Lots of luck to you for a straightforward birth. If you have your scheduled c/s, it should be totally straight forward.

#68 Sunshineandsmiles

Posted 06 March 2013 - 05:35 PM

Thanks so much Lokum.  Should all be fairly straight forward for the birth providing i dont labour early like i did for DD original.gif  even then it was fairly straight forward.  It certainly does get exhausting towards the end doesnt it.



Glad the birth of your son went well and you are both healthy and happy xx

#69 jewel2

Posted 13 March 2013 - 01:30 PM

Hi Ladies,
Recently diagnosed with GD after failing the 1hr and 2hr Glucose tests. First time with GD.
Diabetes is not entirely new as my DD has Type 1.

I already have children, and previous births were overseas in large hospital that specialised in high risk pregnancies. So used to have senior OB who was expert in problem pregnancies and fetal medicine.
Now stuck in small town with limited choice.

Currently see GP who is also has OB training.

Anyway saw the hospital OB for the first time yesterday. Basically confused as they said only do your BGL (finger pricks) every couple of days. Everything I have read says do it every day.

Then they basically went on about all worst case senarios big baby, small baby,babies liver, lungs,
pre-eclampsia, and worst of all stillbirth! Given a lovely hand written list to take home with the negatives on.

I have had intensive Diabetes training before with DD Type 1, but it was generally focusing on the positives eg healthy eating, good control etc. Not focusing on the really negative stuff.

I have to have C Sections due to previous complications and medical issues with my kids. This turned into a farce with them saying she didnt care that my prevous high risk specialist said I need to be delivered around 38wks(due too several C Sections, and previous complications)
Basically said I do what Im told or I can see if I can find a doctor in the nearest city 5hrs away!

Only good thing about the appointment is that I am getting more scans to check on baby.

So would like to know how often you are doing finger pricks?
When are you getting delivered?

I was very upset yesterday about everything. Generally was very upbeat about this pregnancy but now left worrying. Im prob stuck with this OB as they do the C Sections and Im in a rural town with no relatives in Australia.

J



#70 HOPE6

Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:41 AM

Hey Jewel, Just read your post and thought i would answer ur questions. I do the finger prick 4 times a day. first thing in the am and then 2 hours after main meals. Not sure on delivery date havent discussed that. Wed i have appointments at hospital and i think they will put ne on insulin overnight as they want my levels to be under 5 for fasting and mine are 5 - 5.5. Hope this helps, Goodluck. biggrin.gif

#71 Ray of Light

Posted 18 March 2013 - 08:46 AM

Hi and welcome to the newcomers. I've got a 2week old little boy but I had GD (diagnosed at 28 weeks) so I thought I'd share my experiences.

I had no risk factors for GD, and being fit and healthy meant I didn't have any trouble controlling my BSL's. I checked mine 4
Times a day, fasting and 2 hrs after main meals and my targets were below 5.0 fasting and below 6.7 after meals. I think the highest reading I ever had was 6.5. Despite very good
Control I was never told I could monitor them less frequently, I would probably suggest this if I had well controlled GD in future pregnancies now that I know how my body deals with certain foods.

My OB wanted to deliver me at 40 weeks, 38 if I ended up on insulin and I feel that is a pretty standard approach, however when I saw him around 38-39 weeks I indicated my preference to go to 41 weeks and he didn't have a problem with this as long as we were prepared that there is a slightly higher risk of stillborn at term even in diet controlled GD. I was having CTG's once a week from about 37 weeks which nindicated baby was healthy. Fortunately we never had to cross that bridge as I went into spontaneous labour and delivered a healthy 6lb 3oz baby at 39+4.

The only problem I encountered was the paediatrician. Baby had a BSL reading of 2.7 A few hours after birth. Depending which paediatrician this is no problems, they mostly like them to be over 2.5 but ours wanted above 3 and despite my reluctance baby had to have a formula top up for 24 hours after birth. We gave it to him in a cup so it didn't create confusion with sucking. I partially blame the low reading on the fact that he didn't breastfeed well when he was born, the midwife raced to an emergency in the delivery suite next door and then our parents came for cuddles and photos. He was probably only on the breast for 10 mins in the first few hours. Knowing what I do now I wouldn't have removed him from my chest in the hours after delivery and I'd make sure I got help feeing him straight away, but being a first-timer I didn't really know how the whole thing worked.

So my only advice to you is lots of breast milk as soon after delivery as possible!

Good luck with everything!


#72 corenmh-ma24

Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:46 PM

Hi, I have a quick question if someone can answer it for me asap.

Went to the gp for the first time today. Had GDM in last pregnancy so doctor wants me to have a GTT asap to check everything is okay now even though I am only 6+5.

I have arranged to have the GTT tomorrow morning and I know I need to fast. What I'm not sure on is how long I have to fast for. Can I have dinner tonight? Is it 10 hours, 8 hours or 6 hours? I'm pretty sure that I can't have brekky in the morning.

Thank you for you help in advavnce, original.gif

#73 Zarlias

Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:02 PM

My fasts were 12 hours.

#74 VJs Mummy

Posted 20 March 2013 - 11:09 AM

Hey all i have just found out I have Gestational Diabetes I am seeing diabetic clinic tomorrow, endocronologist on monday and on tuesday i see the dietician, my results were 0min 5.1 and at 120mins ( 2 hours after the fast was 8.2 )

This is my first time so im quite confused and i know all the above will help me when i see them but any help also in the meantime would be greatly appreciated

For those of you having to fast i was not allowed to eat or drink anything from 9pm the night before ( my test was at 8:15 the next morning ) hope that helps if not sure u could always ring the blood test place they might be able to help you

#75 HOPE6

Posted 22 March 2013 - 12:24 PM

Hi VJ's Mummy,

Hope ur appointments went well, i found them to be very confusing and overwhelming but slowly u start to get use to it.

I had similar readings to you. 4.8 or something with fasting and 8.0 after the drink.

My levels have been ok (finger prick test 4 times a day) but have just started insulin injections as they like your fasting level in the morning to be under 5 and mine ranges from 5 to 5.5.

I found once i got over the whole shock of it, i found you just have to be really organised with shopping and your meals. Makes it alot easier to find the foods that work for you and have your days meals and snacks pre planned.

Goodluck original.gif




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