Just wanted to post to say thank you for maintaining this great thread! My 1 hr GD test was elevated and so of course I was sent to do the 3 hr test, which I ended up taking almost to weeks later because of traveling. In that time I took the possibility of a GD diagnoses very seriously. I am 38 and started this pregnancy about 20 lbs overweight at 158 for 5'6. I began to look into what the GD diet was and to adjust my eating that way, although probably not so strict. When I examined my diet I realized that although I consider myself a healthy eater I really am not doing a great job here. Yes, I eat only whole grains, drink really only tea or water or milk, don't drink juice and try to eat all organic (organic is not required as part of the GD diet, I know, just trying to give the whole picture) but what I realized when I paid attention is that I drink way too much milk (my dad has a saying that milk is for 'young cows' - and he is totally correct!), I eat too much bread and grains, have been eating way too much fruit (it's summer!) and no veggies and have been eating more then my share of sweet treats.
I was really on the fence about taking the 3 hr test because life is very hectic right now (we're in the middle of moving and I'm 30 wks pregnant and I have a 3 yr old, need I say more?). Everyone is completely correct in advising that if your numbers are elevated in the 1 hr test that yes, you should do the 3 hr test no matter how yucky the drink is or how it cuts into your week because... I passed the 3 hr test--hooray! My 1 hr test was 142 and my midwife said she wanted it below 130. In the 3 hr my numbers were 80 (they wanted it below 95), 133 (165), 118 (145) and 46 (125).
Even though I don't have GD, since I put myself on a diet inspired by this thread in the two weeks before my 3 hr test I got a taste of what eating right can be. By the way, I haven't done a side by side comparison but would you say the GD diet is sort of a like the Atkins diet? Just to give some examples, I cut out the milk and eat yogurt instead, I am back to plain yogurt and done with the flavors, I try to eat veggies instead of fruit exempt maybe once a day when I eat fruit as part of breakfast. And I have really upped the protein. Chicken+salad or fish+salad is what I've been having for dinner 4x a week or so. This is probably how I should be eating anyway, given my body. Maybe one day I could be down to that 'healthy weight' everyone keeps talking about.
Anyway...just wanted to say thank you again for the wealth of information provided on this thread. Best of luck with your pregnancies and births ladies!