I really appreciate everyone who has taken the time to reply to my post. It's great to hear different perspectives and opinions.
I don't know what to think about GD at this point, though. It does seem to me that too many women are diagnosed for it not to be a normal response to pregnancy, but then I think that some responses may be more "normal" than others. Kind of like jaundice in a newborn?
My big concern about ignoring this, is possibly creating a situation in which I will be considered and treated as high risk, not to mention uncooperative. Fortunately, there are 4 drs in the practice and I really like one of them and we are going to see him this Monday. He was the back-up for the homebirth midwife I had with dd which is why I chose this practice this time. He created the menu for the post-prandial test my midwife used with her clients. He's very respectful and will give me the facts and let me decide what to do for myself. I really need my drs. on my side if I'm going to have a successful vbac and this is the most vbac supportive practice in town. Of course, my baby has somersaulted and is now breech, but that's a topic for another thread.
My appt. to see a counselor at the Diabetes Center isn't until this Friday which has given me a lot of time to learn about GD. I've also written down everything I've eaten for almost two weeks now so I won't have to remember off the top of my head. I've been pretty good about eating 3 meals and 3 snacks a day and it's really cut down the desire for chocolate covered cranberries and Jelly Bellys. I've also increased my protein intake and cut my carb intake - it's hard to find a balance, though, when I don't know what the counselor will recommend. What seems to be a common combination?
I did talk to my naturopathic dr. and she said to have a protein in each meal and snack. Kind of tricky as a vegetarian, but I'm eating cheese, beans, eggs, Quorn products, rice protein powder, and cashews (I don't eat peanuts and soy while preg. or nursing). Today, I bought low-carb bread and tortillas, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese (ick), and a high-fiber, no sugar (artificial or otherwise) cereal. I checked out many of the low-carb food options, but most had artificial sweeteners which I don't eat. I have been using xylitol in my oatmeal. My naturopathic dr. also mentioned a study showing that cinnamon lowers bs levels. I bought a cinnamon supplement today but it says it takes 40 days to achieve best results so I don't know if it will be valuable. Anyone taking cinnamon?
Also, I will begin exercising soon. I'm waiting for the rain to stop and it to warm up some. Plus, I'm trying to figure out how to walk everyday with a spirited 3-yr old who won't stay by my side. Any suggestions will be welcome.
Would someone mind telling me what my appt. with the counselor might be like? Also, is the glucometer she gives me all I need to check my blood or will I need to get test strips and lancets? Does she charge me for the glucometer? Is it usually a good one or could I get a better one on my own. My insurance is supposed to pay for diabetes supplies, after the deductable, of course.
I also plan to read what Goer's says about GD before bed tonight. Then, I'll see the counselor on Friday, and the dr. on Monday and try to put it all together.