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    hi linda
    im not too sure about your steriod shot but dont stress that this is anything you have done - i tried to control my gestational diabetes with diet but it didnt work (& i stuck to exactly what they told me) so am now on insulin & still getting used to keeping it under control - it is mainly the way the baby reacts with the pg hormones so having a sweet tooth (like i do) will just have to be put into moderation - good luck with your test


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    Hi Aleida
    It sounds like you did the 1 hour test?????? seems your sugar level may have come back a little high so they would want to do the 2hour test where you have blood taken then have the glucose drink and sit for 2 hours then have your bloods taken after again. Are you having this today?

    The cordials and juices don't have anything to do with it, I thought my love for soft drinks caused mine but the dietition and doctor said it just happens and is more likely to happen if relatives have had or has diabeties.In my case my Nan and also my sister and mum had GD, but funnily enough my other sister who has had two girls avoided it.

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    LInda

    Ditto to what the other girls have told you.

    The placenta plays havoc with your body while pregnant and family history does play a significant role. In my case, however, there was no family history but I do have polycystic ovaries which puts you at higher risk of GD and other diabetic conditions.

    If I remember correctly, the steroid can affect your blood sugars for a day or so afterwards. I had the steroids with #2 and the ob warned my about the effect on blood sugars and my insulin dosage.

    Good luck with your test! Hopefully it will all come back ok on the big test.

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    Well Just had the 2 hour test and I am now waiting on my results. It would be nice if I got them today so I can stop worrying.

    Apparently yesterday's test was 9.5, god knows what that means????

    I was so hungry by the end of it all. At the hospital they have a coffee shop and I was eyeing off this delicious choc muffin but thankfully my brain told me to stay away from the sugar. This is going to be so hard but I guess you get used to it and I will be a lot healthier for it.

    My Ob doesn't seem very worried about it so I guess I should just wait and see.

    I guess after struggling with fertility, then losing a baby and now thankfully reaching the 30 week milestone I guess you wonder what else!!!

    Linda

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    You have gone through a lot of difficult obstacles to get where you are now! You must be estatic to be at this point, don't worry about the GD its nothing compared to the pain you have had in the past and finally to the beautiful baby thats on its way.

    Just take each day as it comes and then the food and drink you have won't look so daunting, I noticed if I tried to plan the weeks meals ahead of time I would get stressed wondering how I could make sure they were satisfying, but if I just looked at that day or two it was a lot easier. I went to a health store for all my snacks, the people in my local store helped me so much and were able to show me what I could eat, there is even chocolate you can have!!

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    A really excellent book that you could look at is "The New Glucose Revolution". It has heaps of advice and recipes that would help you in meal planning. Also, the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diets Books 1 and 2 are excellent for low GI eating.

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    Well I got a call from my OB and he said that the test after the 1st hour was 4.8 which was fine but after the 2nd hour it was 8.3 where they would really like to see it under 8.

    He didn't seem overly concerned but did say I need to cut back on my sugar intake which includes fruit. I also need to try and get a bit more exercise as for the last 15 weeks I have done very little due to having a stitch of the cervix to prevent early delivery. He always said at 30 weeks I can begin to be a bit more mobile so I might try a little bit of swimming.

    Since being told I have really tried to drink just water as I do have to admit I was probably drinking to much wasted sugar in cordials and soft drinks. Hopefully doing these things will help.

    Linda

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    That sounds like a fantastic result Linda!

    Sounds like you have been given great advice there.

    Your bsl is only just over 8 so that's good - watching your diet and exercising will certainly help you out.

    Just make sure that your maternal care provider keeps an eye on you and your bsl - it can change still....

    Best of luck

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    Just popping in (as an ex member) to wish you all luck. Oh and I have bumped the Low Gi recipie thread (in the recipies forum) back from the dungeons of archieves.

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    Hi Girls,

    Just thought i would pop in and say hi, and thank you for all this information. I had my 1 hr test on Wednesday and have to go back next Wednesday for a re test as the results were abnormal. I must say i am a little frightened but will wait and see what the test comes up with before i really freak out!

    I don't have any family history, I am not overweight, not over 30, wasn't a big baby myself etc.. so its a bit of a shock to me.

    What stuck me the most was the fasting diet consists of SO much carbs, all i have really craved all pregnancy are carbs, i had pasta for lunch and dinner yesterday and then lunch today, i can't get enough of it, could this have had something to do with my results?

    Thank you once again for you help!
    x

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    Hi i had gd first diet controlled then on insulin but i just noticed you said you are eating a lot of carbs these would effect your sugar levels as our bodies turn them in to sugar I didn't have to cut then=m out completely you just swap white bread, pasta ,rice, to brown and eat plenty of fresh veg chicken and eggs and fruit except oranges and grapes only eat one orange or a small handful of grapes as there contain a lot of sugars also. by cutting them out completely you might start to get keytones which aren't good for the baby when your pregnant

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    Thanx Niamh75, I have my second test tomorrow, my first results were 11.3 after 1 hour, so I don't hold much hope that im not going to have it.....

    Will let you know what happens...

    XX

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    thats high sounds like you have it alright but dont worry its a bit of a pain having to stick to a diet while your pregnant but youll be fine let me know how you get on, best of luck
    Niamh

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    Hi babushka doll
    How did you get on with your test , hope every thing is going well
    Niamh

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    Hi Niamh75 - I had my 2 hr GTT on Wednesday morning, results were delivered to my OB at 12.30pm yesterday but I still haven't heard anything

    Im hoping no news is good news.....

    I will post when I hear from him, its strange cos his secretarty told me that if it was positive they would send me to a specialist straight away, but they have sat on my results for 24hrs now! arghhhh

    Thanks so much for thinking of me

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    Hey girls!

    I'm the newest member of the club - I was diagnosed today.

    I am just on diet changes and monitoring my BSL 6 times a day (eek!) for the moment, and will be on weekly visits to my GP as I'm doing shared care. I'm not sure how long they will monitor the condition before they decide whether or not I'll need insulin - I have a follow up appointment this Thursday, and I've written all my questions down so I don't forget!

    Any advice/recipies etc would be great!!!!!

    Ashlee xoxo

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    Hi Ladies,

    I'm a bit new to this, so I thought I'd just ask about GD from some people who may be able to answer my questions.

    I had my 1 hour test last week, not thinking that it would bring anything back, just had it offered via the Hospital and thought, better safe than sorry.

    My result was 9.1, so now I am booked in for the 2 hr test this Thursday.

    I've tried reading some of these threads, and think that anything over 8 is an issue, but I wasn't sure if 9.1 is high/something to worry about, or if this would just consist of a routine "double check".

    Can anyone tell me the likely hood of this 9.1 turning out to be GD? Obviously they take these tests before and after I drink the stuff, and from others posts you can have a normal reading from the first blood test and then be over for the second blood test.

    Does that mean that you have GD?

    This is my second pregnancy and the only factor that I have that could contribute to this is that I'm 32. But from reading the Diabetes website I don't think it really seems to matter, it's all about how your body copes with the placenta's hormones and trying to produce a lot more glucose than normal.

    I've noticed that I've been REALLY tired through this pregnancy and haven't really gotten over all of that, plus sleep badly/have insomnia. But as I also have PND/Aniexty I thought that would be more likely to be the cause of some of my symptoms.

    Any advice would be great. I'm not particurlary stressed about it, but then read one post where you have to be monitored very closely, change your diet etc. Sounds like a lot of hard work!!!

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    Hi Tash,

    For my initial GCT I had a reading of 9.6, so not overly higher than yours, and I have GD. My second reading for the GTT was 8.8. Anything over 8 is cause for concern - this is the bare maximum for someone without GD.

    Good luck and I hope your GTT is under 8!

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