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post #261 of 354
Just weighing in on pitocin induction vs c-section....I have had 2 pit inductions and I would take that any day over a scheduled c-section. Both were relatively straightforward births (though I did opt for epidural). My babies were under 9 lbs.
post #262 of 354

nica - I'm with you. I would definitely choose an induction over an automatic c-section. Maybe I'm unreasonable but I am ridiculous fearful of a c-section - truly my biggest birth fear.

post #263 of 354

Im having horrible guilt right now....

 

I gave into a really bad craving and while I only intended to have a sip I ended up drinking a little less then half a can of Monster...I was sooooo tired....I could not resist.

 

Anyway, an hour later and my blood sugar is sitting at 150...highest it has ever been (never been over 120-ish) so Im typing this from my eliptical while chugging water and balling my eyes out.

 

Husband walked in as I was getting on on eliptical and was like "Why are you crying this time"...so I screamed "IM A HORRIBLE MOTHER, I DRANK YOUR MONSTER!!"

 

He goes...."That does not make you a horrible mom..it makes you a horrible wife"

 

Im going to punch him.

 

Anyway, heres hoping a half hour or so on the machine brings it down, walking usually drops my sugars super duper fast.

post #264 of 354
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Originally Posted by DragonflyMom View Post

He goes...."That does not make you a horrible mom..it makes you a horrible wife"

 



I feel your pain, but at the same time that answer made me biglaugh.gif. I love a man with perspective. 

post #265 of 354

Dragonfly, hopefully a GD mom will chime in here, but I just wanted to send hugs and say that at least from my POV, one high is not that big of a deal. (Also, for me, at least, 150 is not terrible. I mean, I definitely work to stay well below that, but there are much, much higher numbers.)

 

It was a mistake, you're doing the right thing to correct it, and I promise that you haven't hurt your baby with one mild high.

lol.gif to your DH.

post #266 of 354

dragonfly - one sugar spike is not going to hurt the baby. It's ok. I did find your dh's response funny though - totally something my dh would say.

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I feel your pain, but at the same time that answer made me biglaugh.gif. I love a man with perspective. 


We both have weird humor...it makes me laugh now, but at the time I was looking for something to throw at him.

 

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Originally Posted by lifeguard View Post

dragonfly - one sugar spike is not going to hurt the baby. It's ok. I did find your dh's response funny though - totally something my dh would say.



Realistically I know...it was just scary to see it sitting at that high of a number.

 

After a half hour on the elipitical/ 1.5 hours after drinking it I was back at 85 so Im happy now....but no more energy drinks...at least until after the kids out of me lol.

post #269 of 354

Okay, is it possible for a batch of strips to run high? I got new strips late last week. They tested at the high end with the control solution, but within range. All of my numbers ever since I started using this batch are 15 to 20 points higher than I would expect. Like, a meal that I very, very reliably would get a 100, I'm getting 120.

 

I'm 37 weeks, 4 days. My numbers have been coming down since around 35 weeks. I'm having a hard time accepting that my numbers are rising again at this point in the game while I'm keeping my diet in good check. But I guess its possible. Just frustrating. Like, everything I eat, even a  truly carb free meal is giving me one hour readings around 115. Its really weird.

post #270 of 354

 

Hi everyone, I'm new to the boards and this thread. So has anyone been seeing higher numbers with their third trimester? For the past month or so, I have been getting high numbers almost every day at lunch and have to exercise. Normally 5 minutes of walking would bring my scores down 30-40 points but now it's taking 15 minutes and only dropping 10-20 points. My diet hasn't changed much except I was drinking milk and having greek yogurt and I have been carefully counting my carbs. My only splurge is a half cup of ice cream before bed with some nuts or a handful of chips for snack. Many meals I am still hungry and just waiting for the next snack to eat again. I'm sick of protein and never realized how much I like carbs although I don't eat a lot of sweets...its the other stuff like breads and nachos and crackers and cereals and potatoes that I would normally think is healthy. It's been frustrating and the doctor told me if I have more than 2 high numbers a week I may need insulin. I'm at 35 weeks and trying to hang in there. Sometimes I am pricking my fingers up to 8 times a day when I get a high score because I refuse to write it down and keep exercising till it drops however at times it won't drop below 140 or high 130s after 2 hours. The highest number I have seen is 163 prior to exercise. I don't think it's that high but the doctor is concerned. :(  I'm also having trouble gaining weight. ..gained 16 pounds so far.

post #271 of 354

Samie, it is pretty normal to be more insulin resistant for most of the third trimester.  A lot of women will notice their numbers go down a bit without effort right before delivery.  It is frustrating.  Are you seeing a endocrinologist or just an ob?  It might be worth looking into some more help in the form of  nurse educator, but I'm not sure if you would want to add someone else to the mix at this point.  Do you have a set meal plan with the amount of carbs or are you kind of winging it?  Best wishes.  I've had some weight gain issues as well.

post #272 of 354
Thread Starter 

dragonfly- that is not a horrid number and I agree with others, one spike is not a big deal. Anyway, just some confirmation for something you already probably knew... energy drinks are not so healthy ;) (plus I think your DH is being a horrible husband to have something like that sitting around when you can't have any!)

 

samie- milk always raises my numbers- not sure if you meant that you started having milk or you stopped having milk? You could consider consciously adding fat to your diet, it will help you feel full, will help you not lose weight, and it will not affect your blood sugar at all. (of course, eat "healthy" fats by which I mean not processed. Like... olive oil, butter, coconut oil, nuts, peanut butter, half-and-half, full-fat yogurt, cheese, avocados, etc. I have personally come to the conclusion that saturated fat is really not evil, and I eat full-fat dairy and plenty of butter, eggs, etc. I have perfectly normal cholesterol numbers though.) Several companies make really lower carb non-dairy "milks" and you could try those instead (soy, hemp, coconut, almond milks... just read the carbs on the label and choose ones lower than regular milk)? I am personally not crazy about them though I do make homemade almond milk sometimes which I enjoy (1c almonds, soaked and drained. Blend thoroughly with 4 c water, pinch salt, 1 tsp each maple syrup and agave syrup, strain through a very fine mesh strainer, then flavor with vanilla and/or cinnamon, if you like it sweeter add some stevia. You have to shake or stir before drinking b/c it separates, but its good for several days.) Oh and... it does seem a bit silly to have insulin after 2 high numbers a week... and so late in the game. So I would try to press your doc on this (In the other thread about episiotomies it sounds like this doc might not be a good fit for you, kind of intervention-happy). I do personally like to see my numbers at or under 120 at one hour, though 130 wouldn't be considered "high". 120 is, from what I can figure, the upper limit of a "normal" blood sugar and I am trying to stay in that normal range. That said, I go above sometimes and its not something to freak out about. 

 

And I hear you on realizing how much you liked and relied on carbs. I went to a much lower carb diet overall after my second pregnancy and first GD dx, and though I got used to it, it was a big adjustment.

post #273 of 354
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dragonfly- that is not a horrid number and I agree with others, one spike is not a big deal. Anyway, just some confirmation for something you already probably knew... energy drinks are not so healthy ;) (plus I think your DH is being a horrible husband to have something like that sitting around when you can't have any!)

 



Really? I read somewhere that anything over 140-ish can cause kidney damage or something to that affect...*goes looking for it*

 

And I know...they are horrible, when I worked the 6pm - 2am shift at Taco Bell I got seriously, dangerously addicted to them...like, I could not function without one or two a night.

 

Now (well, before getting pregnant) I have one on occasion but not very often...I actually really really like the flavor.

 

 

post #274 of 354

Shonusmom- I would call the company that made your meter.

Livacreature and Emma- I've seen a nutritionist and they gave me a fairly detailed diet plan. 30 g carb/ 2 proteins breakfast, 45 gcarb/ 3 proteins lunch and dinner plus 15 g carb/1 protein or fat for snacks. I think its mostly certain foods that are causing the spikes- I started drinking regular milk again and the yogurt and notice I can't handle these things unless its at bedtime or I drink half a cup. I've been drinking sugar-free soy milk too but noticed too much soy products upset my stomach. I initially saw an endocrinologist and they wanted my 1 hr numbers below 120 but the doc is ok with 130 or less. 120 is pretty hard. I've really been eating a lot of fats...full fat ice cream, lots of nuts and eggs, and cheese but its not helping too much with the weight. One thing I noticed though is if I start eating my meals early on, I can space out my snacks every 3 hrs or so. If I start eating breakfast late, all my meals end up late then I miss a snack and I really need those calories. I guess its doable but its just so much discipline to eat and test at regular times and of course count out carbs/proteins you know?

 

Yes my doctor is intervention-happy so I'm going to have to really be firm if I stick with her and show her my birth plan plus I have my doula too. I've met a midwife today and I didnt like her. I mentioned I had group B strep and GD. She just laughed and said what else, do you have twins or a breech? I can't stand it when practioners make you feel embarassed to have health issues as if you choose to. I did have a few other minor issues I wanted to mention to her but after this comment, I didn't say anything. Here's to hoping the other midwife I meet is better. Sorry I digressed a bit but anyone else think this midwife was kind of rude?

post #275 of 354
Thread Starter 

dragonfly you know I'm not judging right? we all have our things we like and what really sucks with the GD is that you have to feel so bad about it. as for anything over 140... I've never read that there is massive damage going on with occasional spikes in those ranges, maybe chronic, I don't know, but once in a while, really its the overall big picture that matters.

 

samie- what I discovered with my previous pregnancy- and what the nutritionist actually said AS she was giving us those charts with all the details, was that what your meter tells you is the main thing that matters in the end. And she said (as well as my MWs) to absolutely eat more fat than the plan recommends (I lost weight for about a month after starting the diet, and then was holding steady. in my case it wasn't really a problem since I had started that pregnancy overweight, but the MWs still felt that weeks of consistent weight loss was not a good sign). And they all said- follow the diet and then figure out how much and which carbs you can tolerate. You can read through this (long!) thread and see that different people have wildly differing reactions to foods and portion sizes. So, those meal plans are kind of like... a starting point? as far as I can tell. Plain full-fat yogurt is fine for me- but 30g of carbs from grain and my blood sugar is too high. For a while there, sadly, it seemed like lentils were doing me in with this pregnancy- with my last one, there was no problem with them. Go figure.

 

I totally agree about getting meals started early and eating at very consistent intervals through the day. The first is not a problem at our house since the kids are generally awake by 6AM and DH leaves for work at 6:30 or so. But for example, today due to a busy schedule and not bringing snacks with me, I went from 9:00-1:40 without eating. Then my blood sugar reading was higher than I liked (129) especially given what I'd eaten (veggies and hummus, a half an apple with PB and some cheese). Blah. It definitely is hard to have to eat on such a strict schedule.

post #276 of 354

Samie - definitely rude! Emmaegbert said it well. My big "mistake" with my first pregnancy is that I followed the diet they gave me to perfection - but it wasn't the right diet for ME. I know now I tolerate much less carbs than they recommend & it is going much better with my numbers.

 

dragonfly - I have not read anything to that affect & I truly have read everythign I've come across for the past 3 years on gd. Of course I don't know everything!!! but my understanding truly is that it is sustained high numbers that are harmful - not the occasional peak.

post #277 of 354
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Originally Posted by emmaegbert View Post

dragonfly you know I'm not judging right? we all have our things we like and what really sucks with the GD is that you have to feel so bad about it. as for anything over 140... I've never read that there is massive damage going on with occasional spikes in those ranges, maybe chronic, I don't know, but once in a while, really its the overall big picture that matters.

 


I felt no judgment :) Im bad about getting down on myself for things like this so its always surprising to hear that I should not be worried lol.

 

post #278 of 354
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Originally Posted by lifeguard View Post

Samie - definitely rude! Emmaegbert said it well. My big "mistake" with my first pregnancy is that I followed the diet they gave me to perfection - but it wasn't the right diet for ME. I know now I tolerate much less carbs than they recommend & it is going much better with my numbers.

 

dragonfly - I have not read anything to that affect & I truly have read everythign I've come across for the past 3 years on gd. Of course I don't know everything!!! but my understanding truly is that it is sustained high numbers that are harmful - not the occasional peak.



Im not on my home computer ATM so I cannot find the article I mentioned, however it was in reference to sustained/base-line numbers in that range...not spikes...which duh, I dont have lol.

 

Im just starting to get so flustered and easily paranoid...3 more weeks...3 more weeks lol.

post #279 of 354

So, my fellow repeat diet-controlled GD moms: What did your blood sugar do in labor? How much did you monitor during labor? Last time I my GD was milder than it is this time and my MW was comfortable with me discontinuing monitoring later in my pregnancy and I did not monitor at all during my homebirth. My baby did not have any blood sugar issues and we dealt with mild jaundice for a few days. I am having another homebirth. I read recently that a big predictor for how the baby's blood sugar does is dependent on how well the mother's blood sugar is controlled during labor. So, I'm thinking I should test during labor and basically eat carb free. But I'm not sure how often I should test or if I should make any adjustments in how I eat. Anyway, just curious about your past experiences.

post #280 of 354
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Originally Posted by Shonahsmom View Post

So, my fellow repeat diet-controlled GD moms: What did your blood sugar do in labor? How much did you monitor during labor? Last time I my GD was milder than it is this time and my MW was comfortable with me discontinuing monitoring later in my pregnancy and I did not monitor at all during my homebirth. My baby did not have any blood sugar issues and we dealt with mild jaundice for a few days. I am having another homebirth. I read recently that a big predictor for how the baby's blood sugar does is dependent on how well the mother's blood sugar is controlled during labor. So, I'm thinking I should test during labor and basically eat carb free. But I'm not sure how often I should test or if I should make any adjustments in how I eat. Anyway, just curious about your past experiences.


I can't speak to this from a GD perspective or talk about how often GD moms should check, but just FYI, the recommendation for type 1 to help avoid low blood sugar for baby is to keep sugars under 7.0 mmol/L (126 mg/dl) in the 2 hours prior to birth. Even better to stay lower (<6.0 or <108) if possible. Also, if the babe is going to bottom out, it is most likely to happen about half an hour to an hour after birth.

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