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    Aussienic, I found I would have a low if I took the insulin and then didn't eat enough carbs. Are you eating the right amount of carbs in your meals? I did have lows every few days, sometimes the insulin dose was right, sometimes I would go high or low. It is hard to get it right.



    Miss chez, if your mother had GD, you probably have a higher chance of getting it too - genetics plays a big part in who gets it. The longer test is usually the three days of high carbo diet then fasting before the actual test, but give the hospital a ring and they will be able to tell you exactly what to do. Your GP doesn't sound very helpful, any chance of shopping around for a new one?

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    I think it was cus i was more active on those days. so i have to adjust my insulin accordingly now.. But I just wondered if it was normal to level out when they were in the 8's and 9's and now even though nothing has changed except getting further along in my pregnancy. which is usually when it plays uop more..

    I was just going on experience with my previous pregnancies. I have been on insulin for the last 2 and my sugars kept going up and up and insulin dose up and up till the very end. where now I have to lower the dose or stay the same depending on what my before breaskfast and before dinner levels are and what I am doing that day

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    i just wanted to pop in and say Hi as i was confirmed a gd on friday and another week before i get to see the anti natal diabetic doctor - i come from a family of three insulin dep diabetics so i supected i may be at risk my result was 12 after the two hour test so that screamed confirmed . id apprechiate any advice on what i should be doing i eat pretty well ( tries to ) i still have morning sickness ( arh ) so i normally dont eat till lunch time to try and prevent throwing up everywhere - wondering if this will effect - should i try and keep a dry cracker or toast down for the sake of GD & Bubs health ? I have No energy and i crave icecream ( note to self about the peters light n creamy ) . but cant keep Milk & Cheese down at any time of the day . so advice and comments would be apprechiated .

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    Hi.. Some questions bout my BSL. I keep dropping to 3. I had my insulin increased last week but after dropping to 2.3 i took myself back to my original dose as I wasn't able to ring the diabetes people due to the weekend. Anyways what I am wondering is I know highs effect the growth of the baby but what do lows do?

    I also get very snappy and cranky and without fail I go test and I will be below 4. Yesterday I had 3 times below 4 and only one over 7. which I know is good but I am finding it all so confusing this time round

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    HI, I've actually been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes which, they are calling GD because it was in pregnancy so I went straight on insulin.

    From my experience I get lows when I leave it too long between eating, am very busy or don't eat enough carbs with my lunch or dinner. Carbs are the biggest control issue for me. I love them but my body can't handle it.

    I'm surprised they have increased your insulin when you are having lows. Mine gets increased if I have two tests for two days in a row that are out of range (over 7).

    Great snacks for me are yoplait no fat yoghurt and a piece of fruit or some nuts or vitaweet biscuits with low fat cheese or sardines.

    Don't feel bad when you have a low because it does make you feel like sh**. Hope this helps

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    HI girls

    Aussienic
    Sorry you've been having some low bsl's - I used to be horrid when I had any lows

    Hope you can get hold of the diabetic clinic in the morning. Not sure about them increasing your insulin - mine was increased many times over the time I was taking insulin and it always went up when my bls's went up. The times I had lows were when I didn't eat my snacks.

    Take care,

    Z.

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    I got a hold of the clinic and they increased my night insulin and dropped my morning dose right down and I feel so much better,

    I had some highs yesterday and today but i had my nephews birthday party yesterday and wasn't a good girl with my diet...

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    Glad to hear your feeling better today Aussienic, hopefully the new insulin dose does the trick. Hang in there - I know how frustrating it can be at times,

    Takecare, Z.

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    thanks! usually it is easy to manage but this time it is harder ..

    Only 8 weeks to go

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussienic View Post
    Only 8 weeks to go
    oh hun, I was only dx at 32weeks and had bub at 38weeks so I had nothing like you've had. Take care, and just think you'll be holding that precious bub really soon,

    Z.

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    Thanks! I was diagnosed at 17 weeks with my 3rd pg and this time it was picked up in a urine test at 7 weeks. they hinted at the possibility I have diabetes in general but seeing as my levels have been semi under control and even low they think I might be one of the unlucky ones who develops it early..

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    Hi Aussienic, just popping in to let you know my test went all ok and I haven't got GD, thanks for listening to me though and re-assuring me a few weeks ago about my worries, you were a really excellent help to me at the time. Thanks again, I really appreciate it.

    Bindy xxxx

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    Thats great to hear Good luck for the rest of your pregnancy

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    Hi Guys,

    I had my GCT on Saturday and had the phone call today to say it came back high and that I needed to have a GTT. As I'm currently home sick from work (Chest infection), I decided I would get it over with and have it in the morning, which the midwife said would be ok.

    Rang up to book in at Pathology and was asked 'if I had been unwell or was I on antibiotics' . In true fashion, my dr started me on antibiotics yesterday! The pathology nurse told me that I need to wait 2 wks after finishing my antibiotics course before I can have the test. Rang the midwife to enquire if this was ok, and got told that she would inform my obst. and go from there.

    So, I now have to wait for nearly 3 wks before I can have the next test. Anyone else been in this situation?

    I don't like the idea of being pregnant and on antibiotics, but as I'm an asthmatic and their is a pretty bad flu bug going around, the dr thought it was best.

    I'm wondering if I should actually start making some positive changes to my diet in anticipation of what the result maybe. I have had terrible carbohydrate cravings (and am a sweet tooth) and wondered if I should try and ignore these cravings just in case. It is not going to hurt me in the long run, but will it trick the test when I finally have it?

    I hate the idea that the longer I have to wait to take test, the more harm it could be doing to bubs. Any advice?

    Lou.

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    I would just go ahead and assume you have "GD and change your diet.. I am not denying myself things at all.. If I feel like a chocolate I have one but instead of a mars bar for example I will have a milky way.. I drink zero instead of normal coke but I also can't stand normal coke anymore.. too syrupy.

    so what I am trying to say is that if you deny yourself everything you crave you will eventually give into those cravings and over indulge. so I am just very careful with houw much I eat...

    plus I was chatting with my diabetes specialist the other day and she said she doesnt want me to stop living my life. just be wise about it...

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    Hi guys I'm joining you for the next 9 weeks as i have been told I have GD with my final reading of 9.5 after 2hrs. My mum has type 2 so I have a pretty good educator/dietition in her.
    Can I ask of those who are on insulin what were your BSL's? I'm hoping the Endo will be satisfied with a modification of my diet but I have no idea. How are you guys curbing your sweet cravings?

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    Hi Tiff
    My BSL after the 1 hour test was 10.2. I couldn't do the 2 hour test because the drink was too hard to drink while I was pregnant. I tried for two weeks to control with diet, but it got to the point where I couldn't look at carbo's without going over the limit. I was put on a tiny dose of insulin 4 times a day, which increased every few days until I was on a rather large dose near the end. They will put you on insulin if your BSL's go over the limit (usually 7.5 two hours after meals) after diet modification.
    Try not to let the doctors scare you about having a massive baby. If you control your BSLs your bub should be a normal size.

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    Hi Tiff,
    I was diagnosed at 7 weeks so didn't do the test but they do a blood test to see what your levels have been for the past 3 months and mine were over 14!
    I started on 4 units before each meal and 4 units of long lasting insulin at 9pm. I'm 23 weeks and through basic diet control I've manage to keep my insulin levels at B12, L10, D12 but my 9pm dose is up to 26 units. My OB is happy with me and now I only have to test every 2nd day, saves my poor fingers!
    Good luck with your diet control. My fav standby food is No fat yoghurt (yoplait or Brownes). I found once my sugar levels were within range my craving for sugar was almost non exisitant. Experiment with your diet choices, everyone responds differently. I can have a small piece of cake and stay within normal range but that 2nd piece of toast sends me over the edge

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