Juls - Congrats on your twins! I know how frustrating it is when you are first diagnosed with GD or any complication really. I failed the 1hr at 24wks in my last pregnancy, and I had no risk factors at all. Things will get easier once you're past the learning curve.
Susanna - That site about plus size GD was so so helpful for me last time, even though I'm not overweight at all. It's much more comprehensive than any book I read or handout I received about gestational diabetes. Here is the page to look up the GI of certain foods - http://www.glycemicindex.com/
Hope that helps!
Lifeguard - I'm so happy the new insulin is working for you and that you are home from the hospital. It's quite a relief when things start working how they are supposed to.
Happyhats - The diet can be confusing. One thing that might help is upping your fiber intake. Get lots and lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods like cereals, breads, crackers. It takes awhile to get used to what works and what doesn't.
Sonya - Bananas are really high carbs and rice cereal is almost as bad as pure sugar, eek! I use honey to sweeten bran flakes and have no trouble keeping my numbers down. Honey has trace minerals and natural enzymes as well. I've never tried Stevia, but I might since I absolutely avoid all artificial sweeteners. I live in a little nowhere town, but there is a tiny health food store that's really great just down the street.
Skinnyhungrymom - It's never too late to do what's best for you and your baby! I also experienced immense frustration when I was already eating very healthy and they told me I needed to "watch my diet", ugh! Apples are one of the few fruits that are really good for GD moms. The fiber and natural sugars are absorbed evenly and do not cause spikes like other fruits do. Other things that help keep your blood sugar under control is daily exercise and lots of water! Don't worry about the wieght gain, you baby gets exactly what it needs. I'm 22wks and I still haven't gained back my first trimester losses...
My appointment with the OB yesterday was terribly frustrating. She just wouldn't listen to me, she just kept flipping through my chart and shaking her head and frowning. She's upset that I didn't have the 3hr after I delivered last time, she was frustrated I didn't have the 3hr in my first trimester, she was disappointed I didn't have the right tests at the right times. Now apparently I'm terribly high risk. I should have never been admitted to the CNM practice. Today I'm having to do a 24hr urine catch. Tomorrow I'm having to have COMPLETE metobolic panel (tests 14 different blood levels), an A1C, pre-eclampsia work up, and possible the 3hr GTT. I do not like this OB and all and I hope that I can switch and never see her again.