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2010 Gestational Diabetes Support Thread

post #1 of 201
Thread Starter 
Hi Mamas!

I've been going crazy trying to keep borderline GD from becoming full GD as I attempt to have a VBAC at home. I found this lengthy, but super informative thread in my research.

Instead of bumping the thread, I thought it would be best to simply start a new one. So here we go! Who else is out there?

As for me, I'm 25 weeks now with #2. As for now, I'm just self testing at home...
post #2 of 201
i failed my 1 hour-i forgot to ask what my sugar was. I have my 3 hour Friday...I really hope I'm okay. Until then I have decided to eat better food whether I have it or not, so we stocked up on lots of veggies and low-medium sugar fruits, whole wheat/grain breads/bagels/tortillas and we're going from there.

You're 25 weeks now-don't they usually test around 28 weeks? Did they test you early because of risk factors or having it in your first pregnancy? Is borderline GD non insulin dependent??
post #3 of 201
Subbing! I had GD with my first pregnancy and I'll be tested when I'm further along. Also trying for a VBAC.
post #4 of 201
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Originally Posted by jess_paez View Post
i failed my 1 hour-i forgot to ask what my sugar was. I have my 3 hour Friday...I really hope I'm okay. Until then I have decided to eat better food whether I have it or not, so we stocked up on lots of veggies and low-medium sugar fruits, whole wheat/grain breads/bagels/tortillas and we're going from there.

You're 25 weeks now-don't they usually test around 28 weeks? Did they test you early because of risk factors or having it in your first pregnancy? Is borderline GD non insulin dependent??
Fingers crossed for your 3 hour!! Many women fail #1 from what I understand and go on to pass the 3 hour.

This is all self diagnosis. I was never tested with my first pregnancy, but in the end, with an 11 pound baby and looking back, I might have been. This pregnancy, I was spilling a bunch of ketones in the beginning, sugars tested by blood test at 16 weeks, came back normal, but on the higher end.
I have been wondering and so I just got a monitor a week or so ago and started testing my sugars at home to see what they might be. My fasting sugars are lingering around 100 the past two mornings, so I'm tweaking my diet a bit, increasing exercise and seeing if I can get them under control. Just worried that if they are so close now, how they might be as issues can grow in pregnancy. Being positive in realizing that there are so many things I haven't tried as far as diet/exercise/supplements go.
post #5 of 201
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Originally Posted by huggingmama View Post
Subbing! I had GD with my first pregnancy and I'll be tested when I'm further along. Also trying for a VBAC.
Welcome! VBAC!!!!

Were you insulin dependent the first go round? You know, around 1/2 of women don't get it the second go round. Hoping you are one of them!
post #6 of 201
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Whoohoo!! Good brisk walk yesterday afternoon+almonds before bed=fasting bg this morning of 85!!!! I can live with that!
post #7 of 201
OP, do you mind me asking what kind of meter you are using? I found out mine is really inaccurate and there seems to be no way of calibrating it. I am borderline GD also and made the HUGE mistake of eating melon this evening...I feel horrid and know my sugar is up.
post #8 of 201
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Originally Posted by Mama2Bean View Post
OP, do you mind me asking what kind of meter you are using? I found out mine is really inaccurate and there seems to be no way of calibrating it. I am borderline GD also and made the HUGE mistake of eating melon this evening...I feel horrid and know my sugar is up.
Huh! I read there can be issues, but I think mine is ok(?). How would I know for sure?
I got the cheap-o ReliOn from Walmart. Hmm...I guess I thought, regardless of the brand, as long as the numbers were staying within a not so swingy range I was doing ok, oh, and also lower than when I started . What brand were and are you using? Mine is calibrated with each set of test strips...
So sorry about the melon! I keep trying to tell myself that this is only for a few more months...
post #9 of 201
Hello,

I'm not at risk for GD, so I have refused the testing and test myself. I have the cheap ReliOn from Walmart as well and found that how I do the test greatly affects the results. If I don't get a good, fast bleed without squeezing my finger, I'll get a reading in the 40s or 50s. Two minutes later I can get a reading in the 70s with a good bleed. I am hypoglycemic and both pregnancies my averages seem to be in the 70s. I would recommend making sure you get a good blood spot that will fill the test strip quickly without needing to squeeze your finger and I think that should be fairly reliable.
post #10 of 201
Well, I got a Sidekick. I did finger pricks as I did my three-hr lab draws. Turns out it was 30-50 pts too high. I called them today, actually, and they are sending me a replacement, so that is cool.

So, I guess I am one of those folks who can't eat fruit except for apples after noon. I ate a tangerine this evening (I do this frequently) and for the first time I feel horrid afterward. Ugh. I am a little worried it is getting worse, so I definitely wanting to do checks on myself.
post #11 of 201
Thread Starter 
Bump! As I just saw someone looking for something like this and because I've been a slacker...how is everyone?
post #12 of 201
I've just been diagnosed with GD and it's cost me my birth center birth. There aren't any HB midwives that will take GD mamas available either. So now I'm in the hospital.

This is my first baby. They can't get me into the GD class till April 8th and I don't really know where to go from here. I asked what meter they suggest and they told me to wait and buy it from them... but that's over a week away. I know to cut out everything with refined carbs and to increase my exercise but other than that I need to do more reading.

I feel so defeated
post #13 of 201
Thread Starter 
Welcome Bubblette!

So sorry about your GD diagnosis. Its such a bummer, isn't it?

So a couple of things to think about. First, regarding your birth plans. I know its different everywhere, but around here, the law states that if its GD that CAN't be controlled by diet and exercise(i.e. meds are needed), then you risk out of the birth centers/home births. It might be worth a shot to ask the follow up question with some HB midwives and all...

Glucometers are pretty cheap these days, the cost exists in the strips, but even then, if you just buy a small package, you aren't out too much money. And you can learn a LOT from 20 strips.

You might not need to cut out all carbs, but exercise will for sure help. Just a brisk 20 minute walk a day does it for me. My weekly yoga class does wonders as well. Cinnamon supplements are also a big help.

I am so sorry you are having to go through this and your birth plans are being re written. Keeping my fingers crossed that there is an unturned stone out there for you....
post #14 of 201
i failed my 1 hour test and went in for my 3 hour test this morning. i hope it is okay but it was a wake up call for me nonetheless. i didn't realize how much i was abusing my body with all of my carb intake which has been higher during pregnancy than usual for me. i decided i needed to watch my carb intake and eliminate all refined flour and sugar. i started walking again also. any other suggestions? i plan to keep these changes going even if my results come back okay.
post #15 of 201
Thanks Sharr610,
There is only one BC in my area and it's associated with a hospital. They have a very strict policy. I'm now "high risk" even if my sugars are controlled and I am not allowed to use the BC. I tried the three HB midwives in town who take on mamas with GD, one is out of town, two will be leaving town just as I hit my due date and so cannot even interview with me. It looks like I'm stuck in the hospital.

While money is an issue we have absolutely no hesitations about buying a glucometer and strips and figuring this all out. The woman at the diabetes clinic just would not give me a recc for a brand they find reliable. Which I find totally frustrating.

I'm looking into cinnamon supps but I've read there's a problem with increased bleeding? So I need to find celyon cinnamon rather than cassia- which is proving difficult so far.
post #16 of 201
Hello all -

I'm Heather, 22wks pg with my second. I had GD with my DD (who is 18mos) and was tested at 28w for it. With her, my 1hr test came back at 176. Because I literally have only one good vein and it's in my hand (and sometimes doesn't cooperate at all), I declined the 3hr and my OB said it was fine to just go ahead and schedule everything as if I'd failed it. I managed my sugars with great effort and was very anal about getting it all right. I did really well on my own until all of my tried & true meals that never spiked my sugar at all started giving me high numbers around 32-33wks. I was then put on the lowest dose of Glyburide that they will put you on, and it was just enough to level the numbers out. I had to have weekly bio-physical ultrasounds from that point until my scheduled c-section (mandatory at my OB practice when you have GD, and the "norm" for GD patients in the state of NJ who don't use a midwife... which also isn't covered under my insurance). I never gained a pound until the last 2 weeks when I think I put on maybe 6lbs. Six days after having her, I was 28lbs lighter.

I never went to have my sugars tested 6-8 weeks after having my DD, which was suggested to me because Type II runs in my family... but I'm thinking I should have.

I'm now pregnant with my second DC and was tested at 20 weeks. My 1hr test was 159 as per their reading, but I took my own reading with my test kit that I had from when I had GD with my DD. My test was done about 15-20 minutes later and read 170. When they called last Friday to tell me what it was, I again waived the 3hr test knowing that there was no way I could take it with no veins, and besides, knowing it was 159 (or 170) at 20 weeks just leads me to believe that this is GD again like it was with my DD. Regardless, I felt so good eating well while pg with my DD that I knew I wouldn't mind doing it again.

I met with the nutritionist this past Saturday and she was a great person - we actually talked about everything and anything for over an hour. But then we realized we hadn't talked about why I was there, and once we did realize it, we had barely any time to go over the eating plan, etc. I showed her my meticulous notes I took in my food journal when I was pg with my DD and showed her some other supportive documents that I'd been using that really helped me figure out what to eat. She wrote up her own meal plan for me and I went home.

Once I looked at what she'd written, I noticed it was very different from what I'd been given the first time I had GD, so I went to my reference materials that I showed her to check it out - except they weren't there. I discovered that I must have left them in her office or she didn't give them back to me, etc. Either way, I don't have them now. I called her office and left her a VM letting her know I need them back, but something tells me that she may have thrown them out.

This is now my third full day on the plan and I'm noticing that my sugars are all over the place... and that scares me. Things I ate the first time are having a different reaction for me this time around and it's throwing me for a loop. I'm really going to take this week to figure out what things are setting my sugars off and making a list of them. In the meantime, I'm going to read as much of the thread in that link as I can - I'm sure there's TONS of great info in there!

Sorry this is so long... Thanks for having this thread!
post #17 of 201
Sharr - thanks so much for the info on this thread

bubblette - I use the Freestyle Lite monitor. You can find them on eBay VERY cheaply, as well as test strips and lancets. My insurance doesn't pay for the tests and lancets (but pays for the monitor itself. Yeah I don't get it either...) so I buy them on eBay.

I live in NJ and here, if you have GD, you're automatically high risk and 95% of the time (if not more) you're a scheduled c-section. I had a very hard time coming to terms with that the first time around but to be honest with you, my c-section turned out to be a wonderful experience for me and all involved. I was also told that my chance of a VBAC would be slim to none, unless I gave birth in the car on the way to the hospital (kidding, but not). The great fear is that the baby will be too large to pass through the birth canal and you'd end up an emergency c-section anyway. I'm not petite in size (I'm very overweight) but I'm 5'2" and they said that was a big factor. My DD ended up being 8lbs 14oz, and yet they thought she'd be over 10lbs.

I also wanted to tell you that my GD experience the first time was very scary in the beginning when I was first diagnosed. But after a few weeks, it was like a game to see how much great food I could eat without raising my sugar levels...lol. I feel for you and know where you're at in your head right now, so I jsut wanted to let you know that a few weeks from now, you'll be feeling better about everything. 's mama...

PS - again, SO SORRY for my uber-ridiculous long post!!! I type really fast and get carried away sometimes...lol.
post #18 of 201
Bubblette--I am so sorry! It sucks, completely. I am really shocked and angered on all the ladies' behalf that have to have mandatory interventions just b/c they have the label GD. I was told that as long as my bG is maintained through diet and exercise, there will be no additional complications or interventions. That is just outrageous to me that it would be different just b/c of where you live. I'm so sorry!!

The company sent a a new Sidekick meter and I'm doing really well. That other one just was defective, I guess. FWIW, I was using my neighbor's Freestyle which seemed really good, too, while I waited for my new one.
post #19 of 201
well, i failed my 3 hour test and that SUCKS! i now have an appointment with a diabetes educator/dietician. i am worried, overwhelmed, and feeling all sorts of guilt and anger at myself.

since this is my first entry into gd, what can i expect from this next appointment? midwives? it scares me to read that some women are not able to stay with their midwives and have to change their birth plans. i'm not planning a home birth but am using midwives within a hospital setting.
post #20 of 201
I can't get into their stupid class till the 8th

Help with snack ideas please?? I usually bring fruit to school and I'm so at a loss for easy to pack snacks that are more in line with the GD diet.

In fact I'd love to hear everyones fav food that seem to work......

My smoothie today was made with coconut milk instead of dairy- really yummy actually. I'm still hunting around for celyon cinnamon.
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