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    Thanks for letting me know Caz - glad you are ok!!

    Hospital food is not the best for gestational diabetics is it!!



    Hope you are feeling ok and that your birth (which sounds pretty iminent) is wonderful!!

    Best wishes

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    Hi Kelli,
    Things have slowed down now. I went and saw my OB yesterday I have another scan on Monday to see how big she is and then it will be decided if I have a c section next week or whether I can wait until she comes when she is ready. It all depends on her size. My levels have been in the sixes after lunch and dinner though, not sure why, ever since I left hospital. I'm more hungry too? Any advice? How are you going?
    Caz

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    As far as I know (and certainly based on my personal experience), the further we go into pregnancy, the more insulin resistant we become. Therefore, foods which gave us certain levels at one stage of pregnancy, can give higher readings later.

    I am going through the same thing at the moment. Porridge used to give me a high 6 or low 7 result after 1 hour - now it is in the 12's!! Really having to adjust my insulin at the moment and it is really frustrating. I am having to cut out foods all over the place as they are making my bsl's shoot sky high and they never did before.

    Readings of high 6's aren't too bad though!! I had a 1/4 cup of cooked rice with dinner the other night and I was in the high 9's 1 hour post dinner which is not good.

    Hopefully your ultrasound will be ok and you will not need a caesar. Having said that, if you do need one, it will be a much safer option for you and your precious little girl.

    I wish you the best of luck - let me know how you go!!

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    Hi Kelli,
    Just a quick one. My scan went well, she has a nice strong heart beat and now weighs 8 pounds. I am having a c-section tomorrow at 2.30, as she is growing so fast and I have had braxton hicks contractions constantly and ended up at the hospital on Sat morn when there was no movement, my BSL's were too low and she was just in a deep sleep, so a much safer option to have her tomorrow. I think she has grown since Monday also, as my stomach has gotten bigger. Will be interesting to see her birth weight. I will let you know when I get home what it was. Thank you again for your support in here it has really helped.
    Excited
    Caz

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    Woo Hoo Cas!!

    Cairenn was born at 37w 5d and was 8lb so your little girl will be just fine I'm sure!

    Have a wonderful day tomorrow and I look forward to hearing all about your beautiful new daughter!!

    Best wishes

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    Hi Kelli,
    We welcomed into the world Ellen-Grace at 3.02pm on the 14th of July! She weighed 7.5 pounds and she is very beautiful well and healthy. No adverse effects from the Diabetes, just a little wet lungs for the first couple of days, due to the C-Section. I have the test in 5 weeks to make sure the diabetes has gone, other than that all went well. Thank you again for helping to get through the last part of my pregnancy a little less worried. Let me know when you have had your baby!
    Caz

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    Should I be worried???

    All my life I have suffered from "no thirst refelex". What this means is I don't get thirsty, even when I am dehydrated. However over the last 2 to 3 weeks I have develope thirst. I am constantly thirsty to the point where I am drinking 6 litres or more a day and I am drinking cordial, something I have never ever liked. I have not mentioned this to my gp but only started to worry when my dad commented on it and mentioned maybe I could have GD.

    I was wondering if A) I should mention this to my doctor and B) if this is a possibility from what I have described??

    Any advice or input would be welcomed.

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    While at the doctors last night (about something different) I mentioned the thirst thing. I got to spend all this morning having tests done. I wont have final results until Sunday but my gp is fairly sure I have GD. My finger p>8&k test last night (with no food for about 4 hours) was 16. This morning after fasting from 10pm (so about 11 hours) it was 6.2 and my when they put the dip stick in my wee it went dark brown which apparently means lots of glucose in my urine. I am a bit a stressed because this is all still undefinate, um not too sure what it will all mean for the baby or myself for that matter, DP is not being very supportive ("what more problems") and its so early in the pg. I thought GD wasn't a problem until later on?

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    Hi Kerry,
    Kelli D is the expert when it comes to GD, but although it sounds like you do have GD, it is easy to control with diet or insulin and although I know that you are worried, once you get used to the new routine it will be easier for you. I was really concerned that I was going to have a big baby and that she would be affected by the GD. She was only 7.5 pounds, with no affects from the GD. She is happy healthy and growing. Knowing about the GD I was able to control my BSL's and keep her healthy. It really was a blessing to know in the end, how pregnant are you? What other problems have you had? I hope this has helped.
    Caz

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    Thanks Caz,

    I am nearly 16 weeks. On Sunday the bloods came back and after fasting for 11 hours the BSL was 7.8, but the glucosurea reading was so high they wrote a whole paragraph about it. I rang the OB today and he is out doing the delivery thing so I spoke to a nurse. She has managed to get me in on Wednesday but also wants me to pop in this afternoon so she can give me some diet sheets and info. I'm less worried now that I know, although the nurse did say the ob may want to do more tests.

    I am also suffering from a Strep-B kidney infection which is being controlled with low grade antibiotics. The down side is almost constant UTI's and yucky thrush. The anit biotics are not enough to cure it but at least at my last kidney function test it wasn't any worse. There was also a bit of concern as I am Rh- and DP is Rh+, especially as we miscarried in March. Oh well lump in ms that means so far of lost weight and not gained and I can see where DP is coming from, although sometimes I just don't understand his lack of support.

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    Hi Kerry,
    Just a quick note, how are you going with everything?
    Caz

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    Hi Caz,

    Thanks for checking in on me. My OB made me have a second GTT as he doesn't like the place that did the first one (?Men, who knows?). Results were worse and after spending a day at the local diabetes clinic I am now all sorted out with insulin and a glucometer(?). I think i have the routine down pat and I'm not as stress about it as I was which is good. On the plus side my BP is perfect.

    My kidneys are behaving and not getting worse, although the baby does think they are there for target practice. The only time I feel bubs move is when s/he takes aim and kicks one of my kidneys. They are swollen so maybe it seems to be fun or they are in the way.

    My DP is now my XP. Its a long story but things just got too much and he started to get verbally abusive about silly things. There is a huge post about it in relationships.

    Diet wise (with the gd) I am struggling as I still have awful m/s and the only things that I am even interested in eating (or that seem to stay down) are things that are on the no-no list. I do try to behave but sometimes it just gets too hard not too. I have found sweet things = headaches and carbs = wanting to go to sleep under my desk at work. is this normal or am I just wierd?

    Ok I think thats me caught up.

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    Hi Kerry

    Sorry I have not replied to you sooner - have been kinda busy with three kiddies!!

    I am glad that you have been diagnosed and fixed up with insulin and a glucometer. At first it does seem to take a large part of your day testing etc, but soon it becomes all too familiar and once your baby is born, you have to try to stop yourself from doing it!!

    As far as I know, gestational diabetes can start at any stage of pregnancy, but particularly from about 14 weeks or so, whenever the placenta starts producing hormones. With my first child, I was undiagnosed until 30 weeks (after the routine GTT), then with my second, I had GD from around 15 weeks, then with my third I was put on insulin from 10 weeks as my fasting glucose was already on the high side.

    See if you can get a copy of The New Glucose Revolution as it explains everything to do with diabetes and healty eating with regard to the glycaemic index. Along with a diabetes educator, it will provide excellent advise as to what to eat.

    Remember, that often it is a matter of trial and error - some foods will affect your blood sugars and some won't. It's a personal thing and you will just have to monitor yourself carefully.

    My GD largely left after about 2 days post each child's birth but it is still a bit dodgy so I have to watch what I eat, but largely, I have to avoid bread, rice and potatoes (and highly processed foods).

    Please really try not to eat "no no" foods. Your baby will need to have largely normal blood sugars from you so that it does not go hypoglycaemic when it is born. Having had Zahra on a glucose IV for 48 hours after she was born, I can tell you it is a heartbreaking thing to see your little baby with a drip in his/her arm. And the worst thing was my blood sugars were largely under control during my pregnancy!!

    Hope your kidneys are ok - little blighter kicking them already!!

    As for your tiredness, have you asked a doctor about it?? They might be able to give you some advice.

    Best wishes to you!!

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    Hi Kelli,

    Thanks for getting back. I knew you would be busy with a new born and 2 othe littlies to chase around after.

    I am going to raise the tiredness with the OB next vist as it may be due to iron levels something else.

    Still having good days and bad days with the bsl all over the place but have made a concerted effort to avoid the "no-no" foods the past few days. I have also opted for a low GI diet (just not one of full of fat) and have found things a bit better.

    I'm hoping the m/s will improve soon and then at least I'll be able to keep more things down.

    Thanks again.

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    HI - can I jump in here?? I've just been diagnosed late last week and am doing ok at eating better and monitoring, but I have a couple of questions...

    1. My fasting morning test always comes back about 5.2, then I have a good breakfast as recommended by dietician (2 weetbix with strawberries and skim milk and water to drink) then my test 2 hours later is really high (around 7.2) Does this mean what they told me to have for brekky isn't good after all?

    2. Last night I was bad and had a large bowl of pasta (about 2 cups cooked!!) and was expectin a high reading later, but it only came back at 6.2 which I was surprised by...

    Sorry, but I'm new to this and am not seeing doc again till Friday. ](*,)

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    Hi Donella,

    I'm no expert, just a bit of a novice really. I usually don't worry too much unless me 2hr reading is over 7.8, this may be a bit naughty.

    I don't see too much of a problem with your breaky meals. I usually have weetbix but skip the strawberries and have homemade apple puree (no added sugar).

    On the pasta, some pasta meals can be low GI so even though they recomend we skip the pasta if it happens to be low GI then I have found it doesn't really have too muich of an effect on my BSL. Maybe you should try getting a low Gi cook book. When I get organised I am planning on starting a low GI recipe thread in the recipe section.

    Don't worry too much as none of your readings seem to be too high. I had a spell there where I was getting readings over 16 but I am much better at this now.

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    Thanks Jo... I'm actually not havin probs eating low GI, it was just I was surprised by how low my reading was after having the pasta... I thought I'd been bad! My doc told me I have to call them if any of my after-meal readings exceed 9.0 and my highest has been 7.7 so that's ok.

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    Hi Everyone! :smt039

    Unfortunately, I've just been diagnosed with GD, too. I can't get into see the diabetes specialist or the dietician until 13 September, so I've got a bit of a wait before they'll put my mind at rest.

    I was hoping to get a few ideas etc off everyone here in the meantime.

    It seems everyone has a different idea about pasta... I've read on most Low GI websites that pasta is good - but it appears some people still have an increase in their bsl from it. Is that right?? Or am I reading into things wrong?

    Also, I've found out that my bsl was 8.8 after my 2nd GTT. Is that bad... or not too bad... or?? Just a bit confused.

    I've started to eat a low fat/sugar diet but is there anything else I can be doing? I don't mind what effect this is having on me (for now)... I'm more worried about the bub.

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