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    i have found i can have either a snickers or turkish delight and not go over board with my levels.. i just couldn't go without chocolate!!!


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    I am a chocoholic but haven't tried any yet. Might buy some of the cadbury lite one on Friday when I go grocery shopping. I am dying to have some ice cream too coz the weather is soooo hot up here, once again too scared to try it. I know everything is trial and error so I should just give it a go and see.

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    Default I have a son!

    Xander Jordan was born 1.35am Wed 25th Sep! He was 7lb 7oz (I was 39+1 btw).

    He's just gorgeous. BSL's all good. He spent two days under lights in Special Care due to jaundice. We got home last night after a whopping 8 days in hossie (had 3 lots of prostin gel before being induced).

    And I'm just soooo in love. He is amazing. Sleeping like a log (probably cos of the jaundice and feeding like a trooper). I'll be back with more later.

    Cheers,
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    WEll girls,
    Double damn and bugger. Had my gd follow up today with registras and specialists. the whole shebang. They have put me on two lots of insulin. Daytime and nightime long acting. Feeling a bit depressed and a failure, but i was totally up front with the doctors.
    The doctor said is there anything more you could do to reduce your bsl"s. I said only if i sew my lips together!!There is nothing more i can do, i would starve.
    The endocrine guy said it was important to get this all underway ASAP as i could only have another 7 weeks to go. Made it all hit home;a bit to REAL for me!So now we try and not worry and hope for the best.

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    Congrats Belfie!! That's excellent news.

    Pollyanna - don't feel like a failure! I had to go on insulin too. I said to someone on here once before to think of it as medicine for bubs and it made her feel better about it all. The good thing about being induced is you don't have to go through those really uncomfortable last two weeks! GL with it all.

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    Hi Girls,

    Belfie - Congratulations on baby Xander, what fabulous news!!! I absolutely love the name!!! I was in hospital for 8 days with my DD so I bet you are glad to be finally home. Enjoy every minute of him.

    Pollyanna - Bugger about the insulin but like Becci said just think of it as medicine for the baby. Keep your chin up and try not to let it get you down

    I had my check up at the hospital yesterday and with my diabetes educator. I have lost 6 kg in the 2 wks I have been doing my bsl's. My body must be in shock, no junk food. Pity you can't tell I've lost weight. Hopefully I can lose weight that quick after bubs is born, doubt it though. My educator is happy how I am managing my GD so far. I told her I am sick of eating the same foods over and over though. She did say some women have trouble controlling it around the 35 wk mark so I guess we'll wait and see how I go. But like you Pollyanna there isn't much more I could do to control it either so if I have trouble I will end up on insulin too.

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    Hi Ladies,
    I have had such a crappola day. Woke up this morning and didnt feel good. Too hard to get out of bed and a headache and tummy sore and achey legs.
    Took my fasting bsl it was 5.0. Hmmmm.
    Had a small bowl of special k , 4 strawberries and skinny milk. Took bsl's two hours later 11.6. I was thinking what the hell!!Something is really wrong. I was hot,sweaty,tired and really crying. Called the hospital and she said i was hysterical because of the high bsl's. Horrible feeling!!I also told her about the other symptoms and she said my bloods yesterday for my liver function werent good either so i best head straight to emergency.
    I was feeling so fragile.
    I had to do a urine specimen and they discovered i had a bad UTI-wasnt worrying me at all!! So put me on antibiotics. Hooked me up for monitoring-they couldnt believe a little boy could be that active for so long!For a good 40 mins he made huge movements and his heart rate went up to 202bpm. Freaked me out!He eventually went to sleep and his heart rate regulated at 140's. The doctor was really inexperienced and kept going to get other advice from the doctors. He comes back saying my liver results from yesterday arent back yet,so couldnt understand how the diabetes nurse was able to provide that information. I was just like "Whatever"...Grrr.
    Then take my bsl again and its 5.3 after lunch.!! The diabetes nurse firmly believed that the uti was increasing my bsl's and thats why i was feeling so off;yet the doctor completely contradicted her.He says they have decided,they THINK its ok to let me go home!
    Anyway nearly home and get a phone call from the doctor and him and the registra have found my blood results,surprise surprise. And yes they arent good. In fact they are all over the place with several red flags! So i have to go back to emergency first thing in the morning for more monitoring and blood tests again.
    I've come home and vomitted twice. Not sure if thats the liver playing up,the antibiotics or the stress. Either way not fun.
    Feel really angry. Whats the story;did they not have a bed for me over night?Or was the doctor just an idiot?Just so horribly scared that they want to induce me sooner than i ever anticipated and that frightens the hell out of me. One month early is plenty for me;god no sooner please. I know he's a fighter,but he's just too little right now. I'm praying my body can hold on another 6 weeks.
    Sorry for the whinge,but it was just such a hard day!!!
    Wishing that everyone else was able to enjoy the glorius day that we had!

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    pollyanna... i found special K would also send my BSL's through the roof.. so stopped having that cereal quick smart....

    update on me....

    my insulin levels have beeen upped BIG time.. i only have 12 days left!!!!! woo hoo is all i can say.... am SOOO over it... take this baby out now i say...

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    Pollyanna - sounds like the dr was an idiot to me! UTI's will sent your bsl's haywire and they can make you act and feel strange too (ie the crying). Behaviour changes are the first thing that we notice with UTI's at work, that and strong offensive urine, which youmay or may not have.
    Hope everything goes well for you this morning.

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    Congratulations Belfie!!!!!!!!!!!!
    He was a nice size. Just perfect. Did they say he was going to be extra big before? (I forget sorry.)
    WOW! 8 days in hospital. Damn!
    I'm glad you're home and everything is going great with you and your little man. \

    Pollyanna - I hope your UTI gets better soon. You poor thing. What a dodgy doctor. Grrr.

    Hey everyone.

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    Hi Girls,

    Pollyanna - Jeez, what a bad day you had yesterday, hope today was better and everything is ok. That dr sounds like an idiot to me too!!!

    Katones - Yay, 12days left, how exciting. Wish I only had 12 days to go. My caesar is a month from todays date so I am counting down!!!

    Nothing to report on me. My bsl's have been good. Feeling tired and have sore feet from shopping.

    Have a great weekend!!!

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    my feet are sore too.. but they are also puffy balloon feet!! it is soo damn HOT here.. it is driving me insane....

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    Same here Katones, I live in Cairns and its like 31 degrees everyday. I had bad swelling in my feet and legs with my last pregnancy too.

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    Hi ladies

    Belfie congrats, baby is good size. Is the joundis a given with all babies born of GD mums?

    Pollyanna I stay away from all cereals as the combo with milk and fruit will send bsl up.

    Katones, it will be over soon.

    I have been away from this site for the past two weeks, I am still working my last day is on Tuesday. Can someone please tell me if you go on insulin can things get better or are you on insulin for the rest of pregnancy.

    Work has been really busy which has kept me mind off the pregnancy. I will be 36 weeks on Sunday. I had another scan this week, baby is well and is the perfect size for the number of weeks I am pregnant.

    This morning I had the worst fasting bsl of 6.5. I felt hot and stuffy all night and hardly slept due to a blocked nose, I hope that was the reason. But then after a lunch (I had salad and two tablespoons of pasta and hit 6.8). I was in shocked as there was no sugar or carbs. My body must be changing. I only have three weeks left I really wanted to get through without insulin. I have an app on Monday with DB Doctor, he will decide then if I need insulin.
    K

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    KGB - I was on insulin for the last 6 weeks of my pregnancy (and I was induced two weeks early). Please don't stress about the insulin as it's not that bad. Like I have said before taking your bsl feels like cutting your finger off compared to the insulin needles, if that's what you are worried about. I even gave my kids (aged 12 & 15) as fake jab (ie no insulin in just the needle *****) as they wanted to feel it.
    Plus stressing will only increase your bsl.
    You've got through this far without insulin so hopefully you'll be ok.
    Remember it's medicine for bubs if you need to have it.
    Great that bubs is the right size too.

    About the jaundice - not a given but a VERY common side effect of GD. Ethan had slight jaundice, didn't need to be under lights either which was great. It's just very important to get the fluids into them to flush it out of the system. Which can be hard as GD babies are usually sleepy because of the jaundice. You'll find little orange crystals in the nappy shen they wee too, which is some electrolyte (no, something else can't remember) being flushed out, nothing to worry about. They didn't tell me that at the hospital, the home midwife did. Just telling you incase you worry.

    I'm tired and rambling now. Hope what I have written makes sense. Off to bed for me now.

    Good luck with your app.

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    Thanks for that info Becci.

    With my first pregnancy I didn't have GD but my daughter had a little jaundice so hopefully it will be the same this time.

    At my scan this week they confirmed I am having another girl, I am so excited as I always wanted two girls as I only had a brother and I always wanted a sister. We havn't told anyone the sex as we want to surprise everyone, everyone thinks I am having a boy. The name we have chosen is Jasmina Gabriella.

    Regards KGB

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    hiya everyone

    wow alot has been going on.

    Belfie - congrats on your little boy sounds like a cutie.

    Pollyanna - I feel for you girl. Silly doctor. Hope everything is going better now. the Liver problem doesn't sound to good but i am sure they will sort it all out. With the insulin try not to stress to much because that can up your levels too. But in saying that i had days where eating hte same things would give me different levels.

    My diabetic instructor was really nice and she said "you know sometimes there is nothing you can do to change things with GD (as in diet) if your body is not coping then insulin is hte best choice. There is/was nothing you could have done to change things."

    which sort of made sense for me because i felt like i was beating myself that i didn't do the diet properly or my thought would be - if only i hadn't eatten this or not done this then maybe i wouldn't have ended up on insulin. But my body just couldn't cope this time around.

    Now days i look back on my pregnancy with isaac and i've come to the conclusion of this - If i didn't follow the doctors with the diet, insulin, finger *****ing etc then if something happened to my baby then i would feel like the worse mother. In doing what they told me to do i was helping my little boy who is now 1 the best way possible even though i hated doing hte insulin, i hated being on insulin, i hated the diet change and everything GD related.

    But we are ok now and that is what counts. Like someone else said think of it as medicine for my baby. Because that is what you are doing every time you take insulin you are helping your baby.

    Hope this helps some of you are going through a hard time. I am still hoping it stays away this time around but i know in my heart that being twins and having it before that i will most likely get it. And then i hope you all will be around when i have my off days.

    Hugs and lots of belly rubs for you all.

    Angel

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    hi ladies,

    Totally agree with what the other ladies say re your body sometimes just needs the insulin and it's not in your control. I had a day where I really felt annoyed that i could have done more to avoid it, but the truth was that i did everything I could - my BSL's just went too high. Only other option would have been starving myself and that wouldn't have done myself or bubba much good!

    Thanks for the congratses. We're doing very well, and in answer to the jaundice question, not necessarily for GD babies... well I was induced for his birth: 3 lots of prostin gel, waters broken & synto drip (at 39 weeks exactly). Labour was 12 hours and I had an epi after 7. He needed suction which popped off, so was born with the assistance of forceps. He had a graze on his head from the suction and a forceps bruise (which cleared very quickly). We were warned that he might have breathing problems but he was fine. He was admitted to nursery for 24 hours to monitor his BSL's which were all good (3.2, 3.6 and 3.2 or something like that!), but most of that time he was with us even though he was formally "admitted" so to speak. He was also given formula to keep his fluids/sugars up.

    I was told that 90% of babies get jaundice. Because I'm 0+ and he's A+ that would have exacerbated the jaundice PLUS he had the bruising and scrape which would also have made it worse. My milk was slow to come in so he remained on formula for quite a while, which was actually a really good thing for the jaundice. We've now phased out the formula and he's been on 100% boobie milk for the last 3-4 days which I'm thrilled about. I didn't expect it, but in retrospect the formula top up was actually really good and helped keep the jaundice from getting worse, plus he's a really happy settled little guy and I think the fact he was well fed helped. He didn't lose that much weight and he's already over his birth weight. Because I'd been so psyched for him to be in Nursery to start with, once he went back in, I didn't find it too hard.

    Oh and while he's not huge (I hadn't done sizing scans, but my obs had been concerned about size), they did do a manoevre at birth to prevent shoulder distocia (basically curled me into a ball - knees to chest) and he came out roofward so to speak! When I queried my obs about it (I thought it must have been just precautionary given he wasn't THAT big) his comment was that while he wasn't that big, I was very small and it was a very tight fit. So we feel like he came out at the right time. Oh and when he was put on my chest.... oooh just magical

    Oh and there's some pics here too.

    Pollyanna - your dr sounds daft and hope things improve for you

    Katones - I've been thinking of you, not long to go now! You'll love getting rid of the GD!

    kgb - gorgeous name! Oh and I used to find porridge was good for my BSL's.

    Oh and while I was thrilled to have GD gone, my fructose malabsorption promptly played up and I spent most of my hossie time with the runs (sorry if TMI) and couldn't eat anything sweet anyway! One afternoon I was in tears after seeing the afternoon tea tray with all these gorgeous cakes that i STILL couldn't eat (too much wheat & sugar for me!). But it's finally settled and I've been able to have some cake (actually for my 35th birthday yesterday). OMG it was good.

    Hi to everyone I've missed, hope you're doing well.
    Cheers,
    Belfie

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