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Hello... (I also posted this on the I'm pregnant boards in case you visit both.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'm better now...but last week I was really bummed about not passing my 1 hour and 3 hour GTT. My MW wants me to really watch my sugar/carb intake and I'll be monitering my glucose levels frequently.<br><br>
I was really surprised because I don't really have any "risk" factors and am gaining wait slow but sure. I've read Goer's article and wondering if I should have refused taking these tests..but now that I did...I'm somewhat obligated to follow through.<br><br>
My questions are...what are you doing about your diet, excercise and glucose levels? Any natural supplements you are taking? I found out cinammon and chromium may be helpful. Is your practitioner labeling you high risk?<br><br>
Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!!
 

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I was dx'd about two weeks ago after failing the GTT. Knew it was coming. No major changes really. Just about done phasing out soda, but I was doing that anyways. Doing more housework as we are going to be moving in with my best friend and her family in their new {to them} four bedroom house and there are still alot of things that need to be done to the place, such as getting the rest of their belongings off the porch and put away, before we start moving this weekend. Been getting more rest as well, and trying to keep my over all energy levels even.
 

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Gee, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one. I just failed a two hour test yesterday. I miss chocolate ice cream and pasta already <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
My mom told me about chromium and cinnamon this morning. She also recommended eating apples and cabbage. Guess I'll do some research. I think I will also make an appointment with my colorpuncturist (like acupuncture w/o needles) to get some pancreas support.<br><br>
Please post any of your findings!<br><br>
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I had GD last pregnancy and just failed my 1 hour test (failed the 1 hour at 15 weeks but passed the 3 hour easily) but I have a feeling I may not pass the 3 hour this time...I'm going to take it on Saturday. (1 hour last time was 142, this time 159) I just resumed taking my Chromium Picolinate I had left over from last time. I went to a naturopath last time and took a lot of supplements including the Chromium (never heard the cinnamon) and managed the GD with diet only. But I stressed about the Keytones and the levels and was hoping to avoid it this time. (Still hoping...) I also don't fall into any of the risk categories and my last baby was only 7lbs 4oz. I've read the Goer article as well and think the GD diet may actually be more harmful than a big baby but I won't be doing any sugar bingeing! I'm bummed but still holding out that I may pass the 3 hour. Feel free to PM if you need any support, have q's etc. I am practically an expert at this point on GD! My OB last time kept wanting to assess how big the baby was (at 36 weeks they said over 8 lbs- WTF do they know?) I was really worried about them trying to induce on my due date and/or c-section. But DD was a week early and hopefully this baby will do the same if I have the GD.<br><br>
It sucks but on the positive side- I only gained a total of 30 lbs and learned a lot about nutrition (juice and such).<br><br>
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I've been doing some reading...also Vitamin B6 is supposed to help as well.<br><br>
I'm really a good eater...but I do eat alot of pasta/pizza. So that I'll need to cut down on. I guess more protein and salads will be good for me. I've been trying to eat some nuts with a piece of fruit instead of the fruit alone...etc.<br><br>
I'm not a juice or soda drinker...<br><br>
I'm hoping that this baby will be of "average" weight and will decide to show her face to the world a "bit" early too. Don't really want them to induce me or say I have to have a C-section.<br><br>
I see the MW tomorrow to talk about this and see how we'll monitor.<br><br>
Thanks for all your input...I really appreciate it! Weight gain so far has been 20# at 30 weeks. So I'm hoping it'll stay slow but sure!!!
 

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Found out today that the office goofed and I do have to take the three hour test. Yay me. Not. and apparently they overstated the level at which I failed, according to my doc 'just barely' So we shall see.
 

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Well, my sugars are steadily going up. On Monday, Iwill see an endo and possibly start insulin. In order to keep my sugars in the correct range, I can barely eat anything at all, not good. I can't even eat fruit-especially watermelon without sugars over 200. and forget stuff like pizza!<br><br>
I saw an educator and she was helpful, but I am going to have to give up lots of stuff I like and am used to. Stuff like going for icees in the summer, ice cream, etc. And since it so hot I am not really hungry anyway. So I have been eating too many carbs, but I am working on that.<br><br>
Good luck with the 3 hour test, I bombed it. And my last two babies were much bigger than my first 2, so i am trying to be careful. Plus for me, when my sugar gets even a little too high, I feel horrible and have ketones in the urine. So I guess I can't get away with much anymore!!!
 

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So I took the 3 hour GTT test on Saturday and decided that I was not going to follow up with my OB- they should call me if there is a problem. Now it's Friday and I haven't heard. I WANT to hear that I passed but still don't want to call since they may just be lagging in calling me...suspense. Meanwhile- I will assume I passed. How is everyone else doing??
 

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I am quite annoyed. Since it's been over a week since I took the 3 hr GTT, I figured I must have passed. So I called the doctor AND...they don't even HAVE my results. Ridiculous. So now I am waiting for them to call me back after calling the lab who I HOPE actually has my results. (And still hoping that I actually passed...)<br><br>
SO Frustrating. Just wanted to vent.
 

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I failed the 1 hr test. And then did my research. I would never have agreed to the test if I knew then what I know now. Being a reference librarian I went well beyond the Goer article. To the point of reading actual studies. I refused the 3 hr test. According to one article my 1 hr levels indicated I had a 20% chance of GD. That 20% was enough to make me say no in order to not be labeled high risk. My midwife said fine, if I went to the nutritionist and had my sugar levels tested and expect to be watched closely. I agreed because I need help with sugar addiction. I eat way too much sugar. Which so far is the only thing I have found information on that could be a problem. And not necessarily only a GD problem but more of a diet problem. Unbelieveable stress and anemia put me over the edge in my bad sugar habits. (I could write pages on the stress in our life right now). My diet is much better now and I do feel better. So in a way the 1 hr test was good as a back up to what I had already decided, to eat better. My problem is I had a 10 lb baby last time so they are not willing to just let it go. My 10 lb baby had a tiny head and was amazingly long. My husband 6'3", my father 6' 2", me 5' 8" and considered average height in our family. Now the big question: how does a needle phobic person test their own blood sugar levels?
 

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Don't even worry about self testing. The "needle" is tiny- not needle like at all. It will be enclosed in a self contained mechanism. You place it on your finger, press the button and pop! A little pin prick. Doesn't even hurt. You will have a tougher time breaking the sugar habit! I am a sugar lover as well. I was bummed that I totally changed my diet in my first pregnancy due to the GD, but fell back into the sugar trap after birth. Not that it would have changed my results this time (2 levels were 2 high I found out) but it would have helped in that I would not feel deprived of the things I love to eat! Oh well, no more sharing DD's strawberry and blueberry medley in the morning! All the fruit is so good right now...it's tough to have to limit it. I don't take the dx very seriously (expecially this time) and I am borderline...yet I will monitor my sugars, keytones and watch my diet...10 weeks left- I'd like to skip the induction and c-section talks this time though.
 

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Hi All,<br><br>
I just returned from my MW's appointment. They checked my glucose 2 1/2 hrs after breakfast and it was only 93. Grrr. This whole situation just bugs me. I really don't think I have a problem. My fasting and 2 hr results were well within the limits provided by the American Diabetes Association. Unfortunately, the consulting doc that my midwives use is much more conservative. She wants them to continue doing random fasting and post-meal tests until the end (about 6 weeks left). Meanwhile, I have to stay on this dumb diet. I did splurge on a little melon when I got home today. Can you blame me for celebrating? They also gave me the green light on dark chocolate. I bought some yesterday (85% cocoa) - half of the bar has less sugar than a glass of milk. Cool!<br><br>
Amazing how much frustration this GD business causes all of us. Good luck to those of you checking glucose on a regular basis and anyone taking insulin.
 

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I am currently insulin dependent GD. With my strong family history of diabetes and the fact that I started a low GI diet and exercise plan almost 4 years before getting pregnant(not that it worked apparently) AND I have PCOS...the doc has decided I will probably continue to be diabetic after baby and still be insulin dependent!! I am soo sad cause I thought I had done everything right to avoid this..at least this early in life (I am 24)! Hopefully everything is ok, but I am scared because the baby is growing so big so fast. They are talking about c-section already...blah..ok, enough whining..good luck to you all!<br>
Hugs and belly rubs!
 

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Annik:<br><br>
Are you testing your sugars yourself after 1 and 2 hours postprandial? I do really well with my fasting and after a couple of hours. What I do not do well with, is about 1-2 hours after eating. I would recommend getting a script or borrowing a glucometer and testing often for a few days. It will give you a better indication of how your sugars are doing throughout the day. For instance, I found I cannot have watermelon, spikes my sugar up over 200. I wouldn't have thought that except for the testing. Right now, I test fasting, 1 hour after all meals and snacks and 2 hours if the first is high.<br><br>
Good luck! I am hoping to stay off insulin and as a homebirth midwife, this has been a humbling experience. I always thought if you followed a good diet and had good health, GD wouldn't happen. I also thought, why bother with testing or insulin, but now that I have actually read some of the studies and heard stories about fetal problems, I take it much more seriously.<br><br>
A new study (out of England? maybe?) looked at 2 groups of GD women: 1 had low-key treatment and were basically just watched, the other had more aggressive (strict diet, frequent checking throughout day and insulin). The first group had several deaths, problems during delivery, etc, while the second group had no problems at all! Just one study I know, but so far, it looks like a good study and makes sense.
 

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OK I flunked my 3 hour. *sigh* yet more dr's appointments...I should take up an apartment at the med center I tell ya. I just want to enjoy this pregnancy but seems there's stuff to deal with right until the end.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> grrrrr Ok I'm done. LOL KIty
 

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I saw the endo again this week, went over my sugars and decided to go ahead and start the insulin. I am measuring very big (39cm at 33 weeks), baby feels big, lots of ketones, and trouble keeping sugars in check, so I decided to be prudent and go with the insulin.<br><br>
Now, today is day 2 and it definitely takes some getting used to. no more eating whenever I feel like it! What are others eating? Part of my problem is I am simply not hungry at all. When I do want to eat, I want "summer" comfort foods like icees, watermelon, etc. Stuff I can't have!I am not at all interested in protein!!! I have only gained about 13 pounds so far, and lost again this week, so I am trying to work on it.<br><br>
I know whatothers feel about living at the docs office. Starting next week, they want me to get ultrasounds every monday and non-stress tests every Thursday. That's in addition to seeing the chiro 2-3X week! Being a midwife, I find it hard to go to any docs visits, but I decided to go along (at least for now) for 2 reasons: 1-husband is a bit freaked and I am trying to keep peace and 2-I figure I can learn alot and use it with my own clients.<br><br>
Now, the doc tells me that I will need to deliver at hospital because I will need an IV drip with insulin, but I have every intention of still delivering at home. If I need some insulin, I can just do that myself either by drip or more likely by shots. My husband is not happy with that, but hey, that's what I do for a living-deliver babies and I have no problem having this at home!<br><br>
So what is up with everyone else? Who else is on insulin?
 

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That sucks Maggi315- but you have to do what you feel comfortable with- the main thing is that you deliver a healthy baby! I have been doing well just with diet. I've had (3) high fasting levels (91,92, 96) and every other level has been well within the range. I haven't been too strict on the carbs- I try to stay close to the diet guidelines but if I have 40 g of carbs for lunch (whole grains and such) and check my level an hour later and it's normal- it just seals the deal that I really am borderline- I think even more so with the preg. than the last even (Also had fasting level issues last time but nearly all of my fasting levels were between 90-100). So while it is still a PITA- I am grateful that it seems to be mostly in check. I didn't bother calling my Endo re: the (3) high fasting levels- he was already talking insulin before I was even testing and I will not start insulin for a couple of barely high fasting levels!<br><br>
How is everyone else?
 

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Hi All who know-<br><br>
I did a pre-dinner test the other day- came back a 67 which I thought was very low. So I did it again- 79. Did it again (all in different fingers) 81.<br><br>
Then I did my fasting level the next day- 91. Did it again immediately in another finger- 85.<br><br>
WTF? Why bother if this is SO inaccurate. I did a control test on my meter and strips and both are working as they should be. I will ask my endo about this when i go in (2 weeks or so from now). Has anyone else experienced this??
 

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Did you make sure to wash fingers well? I have taken mine and forgot to clean fingers that I was eating with or cleaning with and numbers were off. Even so, those numbers are all basically in the same range. Meters are known to be off by 10, even 20%. But with those numbers, you wouldn't be adjusting insulin or what you eat unless the range was much greater. Meters are really just an estimate.
 

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I am more annoyed by the fact that my Endo will talk about having me go on insulin based on (3) fasting levels that are 96 or below when in reality- they may actually be lower than the requested 90! Just wanted to vent about it- thanks for responding!
 
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