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It's baaaaaack! The gd GD! Anyone else?

post #1 of 56
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Had my GTT yesterday, and, as predicted, and I am once again considered a diabetic.  Anyone else?  I haven't been eating terribly lately, but I definitely haven't been on the GD diet.  Every night I've been indulging in a little coconut ice cream with berries or frozen strawberry kefir.  Sigh.  I'll miss it. But I'm ready to get back in that GD saddle.  I've had a raging headache ever since drinking that orange drink, and wish I could have just monitored myself with the glucometer and "opted in" for the perinatologist bs rather than basically poison myself with all that straight up nasty sugar.  Thought I'd share what I had for snacks and meals last time and see if anyone else has more low carb, high protein suggestions.  Looking back I ate a lot of the same things everyday because I knew exactly how they would affect my bg levels.  I'd like to vary it up a little, but do need to keep it simple because I don't have much time for food prep with ds running around.  

 

Last time I typically ate:

Breakfast--

taco with eggs, cheese, salsa, and some kind of breakfast meat in it

or 

plain, full fat greek yogurt (fage is my favorite) with berries and almonds, sometimes granola

half decaf coffee with cream and one packet of raw sugar (other wise I really only drank water and on very, very special occasions a glass of wine--due to the effect on my bg, not out of worry for the babyshy.gif)

 

lunch--

Almost always had a salad with tons of greens, veggies, and chicken breast or a sandwich with a side of raw veggies

 

Dinner--

varied a bit but was typically a hunk of protein, and a pile of veggies or quinoa stir fry

 

I saved most of my carbs for snacks, and they usually consisted of:

almond butter sandwich (1 piece of wheat bread) with fruit smashed on it, usually berries or peaches

apple with cheese

apple with almond or peanut butter

yogurt with berries, nuts, granola

cottage cheese, sometimes with fruit

 

Breakfast I didn't mind eating the same thing every other day.  Lunch and dinner got very repetitive and boring, but again, it was easy to keep my sugar low when I didn't change things up so much.  My morning readings were always really low.  I typically kept my post prandial readings between 95 and 115.  If I splurged for a special occasion, I could generally walk briskly for 10 to 20 minutes and get my levels down almost to where they needed to be by the 2 hour mark.  

 

It helps to write this out and remember how I coped last time.  I would probably never have eaten this healthily without the GD diagnosis, so in a way it's a good thing.  DS came out 6 lbs 7 oz with no sign of sugar overdose.  The worst parts of all of this will by far be all the unnecessary monitoring of baby, the trips way up north to the perinatologist, and the transcribing my bg charts and sending them off to my "minders," not the diet.  Especially if I can manage to vary it a bit.  Suggestions from others for whom sugar is now evil?

post #2 of 56
What week did they test you at? I've had it with my previous 2 kids but haven't had it mentioned it yet.
post #3 of 56

I don't have GD but I'm trying to eat low carb high protein no matter what. Um, lately, it's been not as much protein, need to focus on that more!

 

Dang, no evening snack?!?! I always save my dessert for after DS goes to bed. Nothing like a couple of yummy homemade cookies or a scoop of ice cream.

 

Good luck! Hoep the diet goes well!

post #4 of 56
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Originally Posted by leafylady View Post

What week did they test you at? I've had it with my previous 2 kids but haven't had it mentioned it yet.

 

I was 24 weeks Saturday.

 

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Originally Posted by sere234 View Post

Dang, no evening snack?!?! I always save my dessert for after DS goes to bed. Nothing like a couple of yummy homemade cookies or a scoop of ice cream.

 

Oh, girl, don't tempt me with cookies and ice cream talk!  Actually I am supposed to have an evening snack and time it so that I'm eating it no longer than 10 hours before breakfast.  I would usually eat a few more carbs for bedtime snack because it seemed to help me keep my fasting levels real low and then I felt like I could maybe get some potatoes in that breakfast taco.

post #5 of 56

Sorry girl! hug2.gif I hope your headache is better. I did the GTT test with my first and it was a crappy experience. I mean COME ON!!! What the HE** are they thinking?!?!?!

 

"Let's starve a pregnant woman. THEN let's feed her a bottle of sugar syrup, filled with artificial dye and flavor and just see what happens......................... OMG! There is a problem!" rolleyes.gif

 

Sorry about that little Cuss.gif there. redface.gif I have a huge problem with this test because it is completely flawed. There are other (better) ways of going the GTT test without that awful orange stuff and whacking a pregnant woman's blood sugar all out, which can adversely affect her baby.
 

post #6 of 56

I'm not planning on doing the test (My HB midwife is very pro informed choice and has informed choice agreements for each test and you basically choose which tests are right for you. I opt out of almost all of them except we did do a US this time and I plan on doing GBS and once baby is born we will do the PKU) but my eating has been terrible this pregnancy....seriously terrible. I've been thinking about trying to do the diet just for good measure since it will get me eating healthy. I'm still researching for ideas, do you have any sites or anything that outlines the diet really well? I just kind of figured whole grains in moderation, no simple sugars, high protein, fruits/veggies (easy on the soft fruits right?), eating every few hours and walking as much as possible, preferably after meals....does that sound about right?

post #7 of 56

I passed my early GD test and have to take it again in 3ish weeks.  I am so so hoping it's within normal range, but I'm pretty sure that doesn't happen often.  

post #8 of 56
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It's sad to me that my birthing center couldn't give me another option for testing because they have to cover their butts so thoroughly. I asked them after the test was done about one of the midwives that I just loved so much. She provided my post partum care. I hadn't seen her and wondered if she still worked there. They said she is now doing home births. I was so happy with the center last time because it was such a stark contrast from the obgyn. For the first time I'm finding myself thinking a home birth might be something I could see myself doing. I don't know...dh probably won't go for it...
post #9 of 56
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Originally Posted by Marilyn82 View Post

I'm not planning on doing the test (My HB midwife is very pro informed choice and has informed choice agreements for each test and you basically choose which tests are right for you. I opt out of almost all of them except we did do a US this time and I plan on doing GBS and once baby is born we will do the PKU) but my eating has been terrible this pregnancy....seriously terrible. I've been thinking about trying to do the diet just for good measure since it will get me eating healthy. I'm still researching for ideas, do you have any sites or anything that outlines the diet really well? I just kind of figured whole grains in moderation, no simple sugars, high protein, fruits/veggies (easy on the soft fruits right?), eating every few hours and walking as much as possible, preferably after meals....does that sound about right?

 

Yep. That's right.  I have to take it easy on all fruits, though.  That's probably the toughest part for me, not being able to just stuff fruit in my mouth whenever I feel like it. I don't actually have any sites that I really like, but if I find a good one, I'll pass it along.  

post #10 of 56

I've been having oatmeal every morning with 1/2 a mashed banana, some fruit and sometimes nuts (I make KILLER oatmeal if I do say so myself lol! My favorite is my maple banana pecan which tastes like banana bread, today I'm doing a pumpkin pie inspired one) with a splash of milk, a scoop of almond butter, and a couple teaspoons of agave....I guess I'll have to switch to eggs lol! 

post #11 of 56
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Originally Posted by Marilyn82 View Post

I've been having oatmeal every morning with 1/2 a mashed banana, some fruit and sometimes nuts (I make KILLER oatmeal if I do say so myself lol! My favorite is my maple banana pecan which tastes like banana bread, today I'm doing a pumpkin pie inspired one) with a splash of milk, a scoop of almond butter, and a couple teaspoons of agave....I guess I'll have to switch to eggs lol! 

Who's got 2 thumbs and is sick to death of eating eggs for breakfast?  Your oatmeal sounds delicious, and I'm going to remember this when I can eat it again.  I'm happy to say, though, that I have not had a bad sugar reading since beginning charting on Sunday.  Pretty, pretty good.  Like riding a bike, this gd thing, except way less fun. 

post #12 of 56
I eat eggs every day for breakfast, and for some reason I never get sick of them. But how about making a quiche or pie? I have this in the oven right now:
http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/breakfast-brunch-recipes/zucchini-and-ricotta-tart
And it's a good one. It calls for puff pastry crust, but you could make it with no crust or make one out of almond meal. I like Dana carpender's recipe. It's at the bottom of this page:
http://holdthetoast.com/node/74

Sorry you're stuck with the g.d. G.d.!
post #13 of 56
I know that exercise is supposed to be good for reducing insulin resistance. With GD are you supposed to do exercise after every meal or is once a day enough?

Back 12 years ago they told me about ten min of upper body after meals was good. Walking was supposed to be good too, but for some reason upper body was supposed to be better.
post #14 of 56
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Originally Posted by Bmorefarmgirl View Post

I eat eggs every day for breakfast, and for some reason I never get sick of them. But how about making a quiche or pie? I have this in the oven right now:
http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/breakfast-brunch-recipes/zucchini-and-ricotta-tart
And it's a good one. It calls for puff pastry crust, but you could make it with no crust or make one out of almond meal. I like Dana carpender's recipe. It's at the bottom of this page:
http://holdthetoast.com/node/74
Sorry you're stuck with the g.d. G.d.!

These sound great!  Thanks for the recipes.  Now I just have to find time to cook them :)

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Originally Posted by leafylady View Post

I know that exercise is supposed to be good for reducing insulin resistance. With GD are you supposed to do exercise after every meal or is once a day enough?
Back 12 years ago they told me about ten min of upper body after meals was good. Walking was supposed to be good too, but for some reason upper body was supposed to be better.

They recommend exercising once a day.  I have zero time or energy to exercise.  DS is in his worst sleep regression ever so I'm doing well if I have taken a shower in within 2 days of any given point in time.  I haven't heard the upper body thing.  I know that if I walk briskly for like 20 minutes after a pretty bad meal it will really mitigate the sugar level.  

 

My meter died this morning.  I'm battling an urge to go with the notion that the readings I don't know won't hurt me.  Need to get that battery immediately.  Lack of sleep makes for poor resolve.  

post #15 of 56
I had my GTT today. Won't get the formal results until tomorrow (probably) but, based on the glucometer results we did at the same time, I have GDM. I didn't do the GTT last time so this is all new for me. Happy to hear anyone's tips for eating and exercising. Especially breakfast as I can see bacon and eggs getting old fairly quickly.
post #16 of 56

Thyme Mama -----I totally agree with you here.

This is my 4th pregnancy and have had to take the 1 hour test each time, and have always passed with flying colors - no where even close to high.

I'm not by nature a thin girl - I'm bigger boned and my normal not pregnant/nursing weight is about 145-150, but I am taller so that helps.

I always gain 50-60# during pregnancy, I just can't help it and I have big babies (my last was 10#5).

My midwife is forcing me to go to the hospital to take the 3 hour test, which means I'll lose a half day of work (unpaid).

I'm so annoyed by the whole thing, the test is so ridiculous and unnatural.  Like I would drink 100g of sugar water after not eating anything for 12-14 hours.

Um really?  Of course people flunk that test.

I understand GD can be serious but there has to be some better way to make the test more accurate.  Plus compliance on the test must be terrible.

I'm not even given the option of the 1 hour test - just because I'm a little chubby I must have GD?

post #17 of 56
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I'm so annoyed by the whole thing, the test is so ridiculous and unnatural.  Like I would drink 100g of sugar water after not eating anything for 12-14 hours.
Um really?  Of course people flunk that test.
I understand GD can be serious but there has to be some better way to make the test more accurate.  Plus compliance on the test must be terrible.
I'm not even given the option of the 1 hour test - just because I'm a little chubby I must have GD?

This time around they let me do a 2 hour test. One less stick, but still made me feel completely ill. Then when I tried to make an appointment with the perinatal office, they said they could get me in in a week with an ultrasound scheduled 2 hours after my meeting with the diabetes counsellor. The office is across town. I declined an all day appointment in hell with a 14 month old so they said they couldn't get me in for 3 weeks. Not that I'm in any hurry, but you'd think with all the demands they are putting on me for testing and appointments they might at least feign a sense of urgency about the whole thing.
post #18 of 56

I have my testing on Wed.  I passed the test 6ish weeks ago, if I can pass this one I'm free and clear.  I wonder how often that really happens though.  I feel so much better this pregnancy then I did with ds at this point, no symptoms of glucose level crashing, not super craving sweats or carbs, not dizzy and sick suddenly if I haven't eaten...my fingers and toes are crossed.  So an hour before the test I have to eat a protein heavy meal, I'm thinking a boiled egg and some tuna salad.  Also, I snuck some water during the hour waiting period int he office last time and it took care of my nausea so I plan to do the same, even though it's 'against the rules'.  ANy more tips :)

post #19 of 56
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I have my testing on Wed.  I passed the test 6ish weeks ago, if I can pass this one I'm free and clear.  I wonder how often that really happens though.  I feel so much better this pregnancy then I did with ds at this point, no symptoms of glucose level crashing, not super craving sweats or carbs, not dizzy and sick suddenly if I haven't eaten...my fingers and toes are crossed.  So an hour before the test I have to eat a protein heavy meal, I'm thinking a boiled egg and some tuna salad.  Also, I snuck some water during the hour waiting period int he office last time and it took care of my nausea so I plan to do the same, even though it's 'against the rules'.  ANy more tips :)

 

You get to eat?!  That's great!  I had to fast and that was what made me feel super ill, I think.  Also they told me to drink as much water as I wanted during the waiting period.  They told me I was welcome to "pace" around if I wanted as that burns the sugar.  That was during my last pregnancy.  I think they couldn't believe that I didn't pass the screen and they were pulling for me to pass the 3 hour.  So if they let you, I would say, drink water and pace :)  But our tests must be different.  Good luck!!  I so wish I could just eat a whole piece of fruit without worrying about it. Or make a quick sandwich (WHOLE, NOT HALF), and shove it in my face!!!!

 

I'm currently having trouble with crashes, so I'm thinking I'm keeping my sugar too low.  I need to calibrate my meter, but haven't been able to find a place that carries the control solution.  Oh well, first meeting with the diabetes counsellor Wednesday.  Maybe she'll have some or know where to get it.  

post #20 of 56
My doc says I can refuse the GTT. He's fine with that. He recommended that at the next appt, approx the 29 wk appt, that I do a fasting blood test, then have the regular checkup, then go have breakfast and come back for a 2 hour post prandial.

He knows that I'm fairly sure I'll have GD and that I'm willing to do blood sugar monitoring and the diet. I just won't go through that 1 or 3 hour GTT.
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