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#51 Apageintime

Posted 18 August 2014 - 03:15 PM

Just reviving this - got diagnosed today.

I don't have any of the risk factors, and eat reasonably healthily so no idea where to go from here. The internet isn't really helping me with any ideas at all.

#52 Eeeps

Posted 19 August 2014 - 07:40 PM

Hello :)
I was diagnosed about 6 weeks ago at 25 weeks, I only have one of the risk factors - over 30 - so I was a bit shocked tbh.  My fasting level was only just over the cut-off and was the only diagnosing level from my GTT but I decided that watching my diet and being more closely monitored probably wasnt going to hurt anything so I just went with it.  
So far I'm still diet controlled but theres talk of starting metformin as my fasting levels are creeping up a bit - is a contentious issue as my OB has doubts as to whether I should have been diagnosed or not - oh joy!
Initially all my post meal levels were within the cut-offs but over time the number that I have that are over is increasing and I've definitely noticed that I cant eat as much carbs as I normally would have and I really need to stick to low GI ones too.   From some of the posts on this issue I've read in here it seems everyone's experience of what GDM means for them is different, best of luck with it all.  I found it super overwhelming at first and felt like I couldn't eat anything but have managed through trial and error to make diet choices that have me within cut off 90% of the time.

#53 cazzapillar

Posted 02 September 2014 - 04:07 PM

I have GD, I did my test at around 16 weeks, as I had a feeling something wasn't right, plus we had a family history of it.

So far I have been able to control it by diet, been. It look a few weeks to learn what raised the sugars a lot and what didn't. My 2 hours post main meals needs to be under 6.7 which I have been able to maintain. Plus I have been keeping rather active during the pregnancy so my Endo thinks this has help.

Will have a sizing scan at 34 weeks to determine baby's weight and then see if I need to have a C-section or not. The ob doesn't think there will be any issues seeing I have been able to maintain my weight and diet.

#54 Joanie79

Posted 16 September 2014 - 03:39 PM

Hi Ladies, it's my 4th baby but first time with GD. I was only 5.1 at the first test and the other levels were fine so seemed a bit over the top to be diagnosed. I've only been tracking my levels for a day and can't believe the difference. Had what I considered a small amount of tomato sauce and salad dressing last night and levels were 7.7 afterwards! Still high this morning.

I haven't been on it yet but my midwife recommended www.you2.org.au it's developed by Diabetes Qld specifically for GD.

Apageintime I wish I could remember exactly what my midwife told me but what you've been eating wasn't to blame

#55 mrsmamma

Posted 22 September 2014 - 08:50 AM

Hi ladies, I'm hoping to join your group. I have recently had my GTT and the final blood take came back at 8.5 and so I have been diagnosed with GD.

The hospital has a GD specialist obstetrician and I have been referred to them but am waiting to hear back from them.

In the meantime I've googled GD diet plans on the net. Still struggling for breakfast ideas. At the moment I'm eating rolled oats, cooked in water only with a 1/4 cup of frozen (unsweetened) raspberries. I haven't started measuring my blood glucose yet and am concerned the oats might be too high in carbs even though they are low gi.

What do you eat for breakfast? I need some ideas to tide me over until I get to meet with someone at the hospital who can help me.

Thanks :)

#56 Apageintime

Posted 22 September 2014 - 10:03 AM

Oats should be fine. Just stick with your regular diet until you meet with the hospital - they'll be able to help you. Plus, what works for one of us might not work for you, and you won't know until you getyour BSL testing after each meal.

#57 Joanie79

Posted 24 September 2014 - 09:34 AM

Try and eat protein and carbs ie peanut butter toast, small tin baked beans and toast, eggs on toast. But as apageintime said you may be told different info for what is right for you.
I've just has the weekend away at inlaws which is basically just a food fest. We were there for a party so I did have a blow out for the afternoon. Have worked out that cheesecake doesn't raise my levels! Thankfully brought MIL passion fruit cheesecake home with me, yeah!!

#58 Feral_Faylie

Posted 24 September 2014 - 02:49 PM

Something I wish I had been made fully aware of before DD2 was born, be really careful in the last few weeks with your eating, when you have a high level it takes a week for your baby to get back in control of balancing their blood sugar levels.  So I didn't know this and wasn't aggressive enough with bumping up my insulin levels, I was waiting until I had two high morning readings before upping the slow acting one, in hindsight I would have upped it if I was getting even one point below the limit for any readings.

It was because of this we ended up having to stay in hospital for 4 nights, her having her poor little heels pricked multiple times a day because she wasn't able to maintain 24 hours of high enough blood sugars levels.  I really wish I had been told the full why I needed to be really on the ball with the insulin, not just keep an eye on it.

#59 Eeeps

Posted 24 September 2014 - 03:38 PM

Thanks for the advice Faylie,  I'm not on insulin but assume that your advice would still apply.  My fasting levels have gone down on their own the past couple weeks which is great but I'm still having the occasional high post meal - which is frustratingly hard to control - just today I ate the exact same meal for breakfast and lunch and had post meal readings of 5.8 and 7.5 :(.
Everyone has been saying that keeping sugars low gets harder towards the end so I haven't been stressing about the high ones too much though now I might have to be more strict and adjust my carb serves over these last few weeks and hope that baby doesn't want to hang around in there for too much longer!!

How is everyone else doing?

#60 Joanie79

Posted 24 September 2014 - 05:06 PM

My midwife said to start expressing in the final weeks as bub can come out extremely hungry too.

I was told anything under 6.7 (other than first reading which should be under 5.1) was ok Eeeps. What levels are you trying to stay under?

#61 Eeeps

Posted 25 September 2014 - 02:55 PM

Hi Joanie,
Yes I have to stick under 6.7 for post meals too, was just frustrated that the same meal gave me one result within target and one result over.  
I hadn't heard that about expressing milk beforehand, is this just to build up a supply early or is it to have some on hand for those early feeds in hospital? I had heard others have had trouble establishing a supply with GD, so perhaps it would make sense but how far in advance would you need to start?? I guess it helps if you have a planned admission for c/s or induction.

#62 Feral_Faylie

Posted 25 September 2014 - 10:20 PM

It's a good idea to express prenatally in case your baby has low blood sugar levels.  I they can't get them back up just by BFing then they will give expressed colostrum if available, if not they will need formula or a sugar drip.

DD1 we only just scraped through without needing formula in the first hour after she was born, I'd only managed to express 10ml or so.  But I kept feeding, swapping side to side continually and I asked for an extra 15 min when they said that we needed to give formula or a drip.

DD2 I managed to express nearly 40ml and that was used over the first 24 hours after she was born as it kept dropping.  Then I started expressing between feeds and added that to feeds for the next few days until my milk came in.  So I was lucky both times and they would have both needed formula if I hadn't had expressed colostrum on hand.  It is definitely worth doing, usually from about 36 weeks.  Ask about it at your next appointment and they should be able to give you a kit with information when it's a good time to start.

#63 mrsmamma

Posted 27 September 2014 - 11:57 AM

For ladies who had GD and have already had their babies, were you constantly monitored during labour? Or were you able to do things like move around and use the shower for pain relief?

#64 Feral_Faylie

Posted 27 September 2014 - 01:57 PM

You will be constantly monitored, but you will be able to stand up, walk around etc, but I'm not sure about shower.

#65 Zarlias

Posted 27 September 2014 - 02:07 PM

Hi all. I am in the early stages of pregnancy #2 and was wondering when I should expect to do the GTT this time?  I know they tend to do it a little earlier, but I wasn't sure when. I have read some ladies being diagnosed prior to 8 weeks and am not sure how this is possible given the way the placenta forms and begins to work but I am no doctor :-)

#66 Feral_Faylie

Posted 28 September 2014 - 05:02 PM

They did mine around 12 weeks.

#67 Joanie79

Posted 29 September 2014 - 11:33 AM

Eeeps sorry I haven't been back on but I think Feral_Faylie said everything the midwife did. Its my 4th pregnancy but 1st with GD so I'm a novice.

I'm off to the specialist this afternoon. I've only had two mornings in two weeks with the correct levels so hoping I don't have to go on insulin...

#68 Feral_Faylie

Posted 29 September 2014 - 05:08 PM

Seriously, the lancet hurts more than the insulin needle does if that's what you are worried about.

#69 Joanie79

Posted 30 September 2014 - 03:22 PM

No I think I was just being lazy. All good though, the Dr has given me until the next appointment to keep trying. May need to take metformin(?) of a night as fasting level regularly over

#70 ashme1985

Posted 30 November 2014 - 04:45 PM

Hi everyone, got diagnosed last week with gd, been a bit neverous/stressed as I haven't delt with it before. my numbers have been all over the place, low to high throught the day, currently my last reading was at 430pm (2hrs post meal) and the reading was 6.0. Any tips on what I can eat or not to help keep it lower

#71 Feral_Faylie

Posted 30 November 2014 - 05:08 PM

Protein is good, as are vegies, wholegrain foods, so ditch white bread, rice etc.  Try to limit sugar a much as you can.  Watch your portion sizes too, while one serve of complex carbs (i.e. two slices of multigrain bread as a salad sandwich) is good for your sugar levels too much at once, like a big roll can make them spike and make you feel awful.

Something I saw recently, cooking pasta and letting it go cold and then re-heating it changed the structure of it and it is far better for your blood sugar levels, if you really like pasta maybe ask about that at our appointment.  I didn't know that and I really missed pasta with my last pregnancy.

#72 Ripplecrochet

Posted 07 January 2015 - 02:13 PM

Ladies hi, I had a OGTT 75gm this morning at 18wks I wondering if you all might know the reasoning behind taking a sample of my fasting blood this morning and testing it on the machine they do finger prick tests?
None of the other draws were tested on the little machine?
Also does anyone know what the ranges are that JHH use for diagnosis.
Thank you x

#73 lelula

Posted 12 January 2015 - 10:04 AM

Hi Ripplecrochet, I am sitting here now doing my test. I asked about testing the first sample only - it's to check your sugar level so they know whether to give you the full 75g of glucose. If you start with a high fasting sugar level then the whole bottle of glucose drink could be dangerous. Not sure about ranges for diagnosis though. Have you got your results yet?

#74 Ripplecrochet

Posted 12 January 2015 - 10:49 AM

Thank you so much for asking! That makes perfect sense now.
I am going to give he hospital a call this afternoon. They should well and truely have the resukts by now.

#75 Ripplecrochet

Posted 13 January 2015 - 09:12 AM

Got my results I failed so just waiting on the diabetes educator to get back to me with an appointment

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