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This is going to take some getting used to...

Posted by on Apr. 10, 2014 at 9:13 AM
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I just found out yesterday that I have gestational diabetes.

Any other moms who went through this can give some advice or stories of how they handled it?

Thanks 

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JessiFaye
by Silver Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM
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It's not as bad as you think. That is the best thing I can tell you. You just adjust to it. You'll meet with a specialist/dietician who will teach you all you need to know. The important thing to watch is carbs. You can eat your favorite things still, just in moderation. They will give you a carb limit for snacks and meals. Follow the diet! It's not hard when you get used to it. The most annoying part is testing all the time. You'll likely do it four times: a fasting number, and after each meal (my OB wanted my numbers two hours after meals, I know some want just one hour). Use the timer on your phone if you have one, so you don't forget. I ended up on meds twice a day, but I took it before breakfast and dinner, so it was easy to remember. Plus, the meds controlled my sugar to the point where I didn't have to stress about my food as much as I had feared.

You'll be fine! It's just for a short period of time, and should go away once baby is here. They drew my blood less than 12 hours after I had my son, and I was back to normal. :) And he was perfectly fine! No glucose issues when he was born.
awsmnss26
by Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Thank you so much! I went through the whole thing with the dietician yesterday and learned how to test my blood and it is when I wake up and 2 hours after breakfast lunch and dinner. So I'm okay with that. Just something new I need to get used to.

Quoting JessiFaye: It's not as bad as you think. That is the best thing I can tell you. You just adjust to it. You'll meet with a specialist/dietician who will teach you all you need to know. The important thing to watch is carbs. You can eat your favorite things still, just in moderation. They will give you a carb limit for snacks and meals. Follow the diet! It's not hard when you get used to it. The most annoying part is testing all the time. You'll likely do it four times: a fasting number, and after each meal (my OB wanted my numbers two hours after meals, I know some want just one hour). Use the timer on your phone if you have one, so you don't forget. I ended up on meds twice a day, but I took it before breakfast and dinner, so it was easy to remember. Plus, the meds controlled my sugar to the point where I didn't have to stress about my food as much as I had feared. You'll be fine! It's just for a short period of time, and should go away once baby is here. They drew my blood less than 12 hours after I had my son, and I was back to normal. :) And he was perfectly fine! No glucose issues when he was born.


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meam4444
by Emerald Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 11:49 AM
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I have never had it where I had to test my blood sugars through out the day.  But, I had a mild form where I really had to watch what I ate.  It was hard at first with regards to the diet (esp. eating out...couldn't have my carb. loaded diet), but it was amazing how much better I felt.  Good luck mama!!

SuprMom12042702
by Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 12:37 PM
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Out of 5 pregnancies this is the first one that I was diagnosed with GD. But I honestly think it was a false positive" lol for GD. My 1 hr sugar test was 214, but I haven't tested over 171 (and that was after eating dinner, a candy bar and a soda lol) since the test day. I average around 120 for all my after dinner testing and 90 for my fasting. I honestly do not watch what I eat (except I cut out sodas and candy (except for the occassional lol) I changed from baked potatoes to sweet potatoes and I eat whole wheat bread instead of honey wheat bread. 
Other than that, nothing has changed in my diet. They will give you a diet plan to go by and it is pretty simple to follow. I wouldn't worry with it too much unless your levels stay consistantly high even after following the diet. And the worst part is testing your levels. My fingers hurt all the time now but I am getting use to it. lol 

anxiousschk
by Silver Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM
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Each time I've had to see a dietician, it was worthless.  

I was formally diagnosed with this last pregnancy and I just looked up a diet online and followed that.  60 g of carbs in lunch and dinner, 30 for breakfast and 2 snacks with 15-30.  

The most important thing I found?  Exercise.  

Exercise and protein.  Those two things easily kept my levels in check.  

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