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    Hi KimB - Im only just recently new here too. I got my results back a week ago today and I came back rather high, but since then I've followed my same diet and my levels have all been significantly low (around the 3-4 mark) so hoping to get some answers this afternoon.

    Its all such a learning experience hey? I knew of GDM but never knew the complete ins and outs of it! Good Luck for Thursday! Hopefully they give you lots of information.

    Csab - Fingers crossed for your 6 week check up....Can i ask, have u had to continue testing your levels after birth? Or were you able to stop? Your little girl is so adorable in your pic!

    Jaki - Hope your doing well and that your levels are staying nice and in control for you! When do you fly to brissy?


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    Kim - Sorry you had to end up with GD. Hopefulyl you can manage it with diet alone. Was this the only pgcy you had that ended up with GD? Not long now for you hun, congrats on hitting the 3rd tri. On the home stretch now. So you having another girl arent you? If you are you have stayed the same as me with only the 2 boys. hugs

    Kristy - Thanks hun, i still havent gone to do the test again yet. Sort of delaying it. After having bub, they had me test until I had 4 good readings in a row. if I didnt then they had me start over again until i did. On occassion since being at home i have checked my BSL's just to see what they are doing. GL with yours hun. Not long for you either. Hugs

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    Hi Kristy and csab, thanks for the welcome.

    csab - I have been checking my levels since I found out yesterday and the highest I've been is 7.3. Most have been under 6 so now I'm a bit confused as to how they determined that I have GD. Yes I am having another girl so yes we are the same lol. Yay for being on the home stretch as I don't know how much more my tummy can stretch lol. Frogglette is huge already and even though I've had 5 others in there she seems to be pushing the limits

    Kristy - hope you got some answers this afternoon and that they were good ones.

    Will let you guys know how I go on Thursday, take care

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    Hi Kim. Welcome.
    The 7.3 alone is enough to confirm GD, even tho it's only been once.
    What are your morning fasting levels like? That's the one I have trouble with, which is why my insulin keeps getting increased I'm now on 28 units!!!
    I had total denial for the the first few weeks, I didn't think they had a clue. But now when I cheat I can see they were right. And for me with acceptance came better understanding.
    I still say a big boohoo tho to GD! It sux. But I suppose there are worse things hay

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    Jak - I started off with 4unit lunch and dinner, then in the end I ended up with 6fasting, 6bf, 22lunch and 6dinner and what I was told since it ended up over 30units a day(well what i can remember, not sure what other hospitals do though) I had to be admitted the day before my surgery (c/s) they also had to put the insulin drip in 2hours prior to surgery. Bub then once delivered was taken to newborn care for observation but ended up in nicu 28mins after birth as her sugar levels had dropped too low, and needed insulin. She was in nicu for 4days, but also due to her needing to learn to suck as well, and needed to be tube fed until she learnt how to suck. Ohh just wanted to say that this is just my experience and it doesnt mean you will go through the same thing with your bub, they will more likely monitor bub for a few hours just to make sure bubs sugar levels are good though.

    Kim - Yay on another girl. If you can keep your levels within normal range with diet, your doing a wonderful job. I too didnt believe them when they told me I had GD. Took a while to believe it tbh. Yet as I got further alone, my BSL's were getting more and more out of hand, harder to control. As you get further into the pgcy they said it can get harder to manage and it was for me. I was put on insulin at about 25wks after finding out at 23wks that I had GD, and the insulin had to get bumped up practically all the time. hugs

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    I think I completely agree with csab and Jaki - I've been in denial about accepting that I have GD and I've been trying to find all these 'possible' reasons that suggest that they got it wrong. My GTT test was 9.1 so I was way higher then what i should be. But since then I barely get a level over 6! But what Jaki said is so true, If I eat alot of the "naughty" foods then I will get a higher reading. So I'm slowly starting to come to terms with it all and accept that I can't do anything about it and as long as Im getting the lower readings then thats good.

    Kim - We're both having girls! Congrats on your lil one! She's going to be here before you know it. The midwifes gave me some answers....but they couldnt give me all the answers that I wanted and it was simply because I was trying to get answers that said "you dont have to test anymore or we made a mistake you dont have GD". lol Wishful thinking....

    Now its just a matter of playing the waiting game...At 36 weeks they will do all my measurements and decide at that point if they will induce me. So the lower I can keep my levels the less effect it will hopefully have on her.

    Jaki - Can I ask out of curiosity what are your morning fasting levels? Would they let you go back to being diet controlled at all? Sorry if they are silly questions...Im still getting my head around it all

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    I have only been testing since Monday afternoon but my morning levels have been 6. So that still puts me in the right range. Lunch and dinner have been 5.5. I'm trying for a vbac with this birth but I think now I'll end up with another c/s as they can't induce me. I'm mightily peeved about this as I used to have high BP but this pregnancy took it back to normal so I was hoping everything would be ok. I mean if I have GD then I have it and I will cope (have 2 kids with type 1 anyway) but was hoping for a normal birth this time round.

    Kristy - Congrats on your little princess as well. Looking at the time frame now is making me gulp lol as it could be as early as 8 more weeks (last one was an early c/s due to pre eclampsia). If they let me go to term I'll be surprised. I don't eat much naughty food at all with this bubs as she really doesn't like it lol. She has been very picky about my meals

    csab - Chloe is a little cutie. Hope you are both doing ok?? How did Chloe do in nicu? I'm now getting very freaked out that Frogglette may have to spend time in there as well. Oh well will find out more tomorrow at the group session.

    Jaki - All I need now is for my high BP to come back and then I can really have a whinge lol.

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    Is that 6 before breakfast hun? If so its actually quite over the 5.5. My Dr likes mine under 5. Then under 7 all day. Not sure if they all work off the same numbers tho. My Dr is a bit of a BSL Nazi. LOL

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    lol Jaki, the midwife I spoke to said under 8 is fine so I was thinking that I was doing well lol. I will find out more tomorrow but I was 4.6 for lunch today so yay

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    Its funny, there are 4 of us in my Belly buddies group and i seem to be under the strictest instructions! I have.... a diabetes educator, a diabetes Dr AND and endocrinologist (diabetes specialist) and i have to see all 3 of them every other week in person + send in my BSL records twice a week! Thats on top of my midwife and OB appointments! exhausting!

    GL tomoz!

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    Kim - Try not to worry hun, your bub may not with any luck need to be away from you. I was told it was due to me being insulin dependant that bub was taken away for obs. Unfortunately I only got to see my bub once in NICU the day after surgery, she didnt seem too bad that day yet had the nasal tubes in for tube feeds. Each day afterwards they would bring her down to me, as I was unable to go up there due to what I had been through. Yet each day I could see progress with her. I believe she needed insulin for 2days. GL for today hun. hugs Ohh and fasting levels have to be under 5.5, and all the rest under 7. They put me on insulin after having approx 3 not so good readings in a week. Ohhh and thanks Chloe is definately a little cutie, shes giving out lovely little smiles now that just melt my heart even more. As well, due to her stay in NICU and with me being so sick, I was unable to establish Bfing, so that was definately something that affected her and I with her NICU and hospital stay. Even now, she just wont have a bar of it.

    Jak - Your taking me back to all of my appts. I was there every week from 8wks only about 4 weeks I didnt need to. Some days I was there a few times a week, and I was seeing 3 different Dr's, sometimes the 3 of them in one day, sometimes only 2, and ocassionally just the 1. OB's, Endo, and physcian, then once the dietician, 3 times the diabetes educators, once to learn how to do the BSL's, one to learn the insulin injections for through the day then another to learn how to do the night time (fasting) insulin. Ohh and then every few weeks for an u/s in the hospitals feto maternal unit. Have to say, I was very tiring. Good luck with it all for you. hugs

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    Thanks hun. Our cases sound very similar. Hopefully my little man wont need any insulin tho, is that rare? I thought the prob with GD bubs is low BSL, i guess every case is different.

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    Jak - Chloes BSL was low thats why they needed to give her insulin, through the drip. Which is also the reason for her being admitted to NICU. She also though had trouble sucking, which is why the tube feeds.

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    I went to the group session today and they like all my other readings except my before breakfast ones so I have been told to have supper as I need to have more glucose in my system overnight. They have booked me in for fortnightly appointments but they are opposite to what I have to see the midwives so now am going every week Not looking forward to spending so much time at the damn hospital. I have been told today to that they class any baby over 9lb as a big baby but I've already had one that was nearly 10lb so now I don't know what they are going to do. I hate everything being so up in the air. I was looking forward to my uneventful vbac and now all this happens grrrrrrr. Sorry for the vent ladies but I'm sure you all have experienced it at some point.

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    Kim - Sorry about all the hossy appts. I too had hoped my last pgcy would be uneventful and that I would get the chance to enjoy it. Yet it didnt work out that way for me, everything hit me last time, I already had to have aspirin, but then I was told I had to have thyroid tabs, then I had GD, then had to have insulin. I didnt care as much that it was all me, but then they started at the baby, so wasnt a very fun pgcy at all. Im sorry it isnt going to plan for you either. hugs

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    I'm still having trouble getting my pre breakfast levels down. All the rest are ok just that one. Do you think the drs will put me on meds at my next appointment??

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    If your doctor is anything like mine you will be put on insulin in the evening. There is a slow acting one that lasts 12 hrs. That's the one I had, but I still get above 5 if I eat something late in the evening.
    What is your fasting level and what are you having for supper? My endo suggested I have a glass of milk with 2 level tsp of milo for supper instead of food. Itkeeps me full for the night and seems to do the trick if I haven't eaten any crap that arvo/evening before

    Kristy- I'm just reading back thru the posts and notice 2 questions you asked me directly that I didn't answer! I'm so sorry, it must have seemed like I was ignoring you I tent to skim thru and miss stuff. Plus I'm a bimbo
    I'm not sure when I'm flying to brissy... Diabetes dr says 38 weeks, m/w says 36, I'm thinking go in the middle at 37. I have an OB apt Monday so I'm hoping I get some answers then!

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    Jaki - I'm finding that if I eat supper or have milk for supper then my levels are actually higher in the morning. This mornings level was 5.7 and that was with no supper or milk last night. It has been sitting on 6 usually. I was hoping for no meds but now I'm sure I will have to. So much for my uncomplicated (pushing for water birth) pregnancy. C/s here I come again.

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