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    Default Diagnosed with GD but blood glucose never high???

    Hi ladies,

    I was diagnosed with GD again with my second pregnancy but I'm so confused by it because I have a blood glucose monitor from my first pregnancy and despite not being overly careful with what I eat, my readings are always low!!!!

    With my first pregnancy I was shattered when I was first diagnosed with GD. My GTT figures were right on the 'cut off' point for GD. I went to the clinic, got my monitor and started tracking my blood glucose. It NEVER reached limit of 7 two hours after meals and it never got close to 5.5 before breaky. Even the specialist at the Diabetes Centre told me at my follow up appointment that my levels were great and that he felt it was likely that I did not actually have GD and I was told to only check my blood glucose randomly to keep an eye on things. I relaxed with my diet and found that no matter what I ate, it never went high.

    Now second time round I started checking randomly after 12 weeks and found my levels to be normal. Last night I ate shepherds pie with corn on the cob, broccoli and peas and even washed it down with a full glass of cherry coke that my MIL bought for me and my reading was 5.4 two hours later. My hubby asked to check his too and he was the same as me, despite not having any coke!!! Then I get a voicemail later that night from the hospital saying I have GD!!!!

    Sorry about the long post, I guess I'm hoping anyone who does have GD can tell me if their blood sugar is generally higher after eating 'naughty' foods. I just don't know how I get these test results back saying I have it when my blood sugar is never high.....

    Anyone else's personal experiences would be most appreciated

    All the best!

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    I've got GDM and was diagnosed early at 17 weeks. I was only just above the cutoff point but anything on or above is apparently an official diagnosis? Did they offer to repeat the test? How many weeks are you? It's good that your BGLs are testing low. My cutoff BGLs are <5.0 for fasting and <6.7 2hrs after meals.

    BGLs can vary depending on exercise, the strip itself etc. Did you exercise the day you had that meal? I find my BGLs can go down considerably. I definitely cannot have soft drink My levels go through the roof if I do but that's just me. I was already following a low GI lifestyle before diagnosis so I don't really have a lot of high GI carbs as I prefer to fill up on other stuff.

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    I had GD. I was just over the cut off point with my test but my readings got more haywire as the pregnancy progressed. I admit I wasn't the best with the diet, mainly because my readings were never predictable no matter what I ate. I remember once I had a lovely healthy home cooked meal - salmon, a little pasta and some veg. High reading. Next day I was stuck down the street, decided to treat myself to Red Rooster, reading below target. Was this way through the whole pregnancy too. I just stayed away from soft drinks and lollies and tried to keep the fat intake low (but failed on the last one).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bk2b View Post
    I've got GDM and was diagnosed early at 17 weeks. I was only just above the cutoff point but anything on or above is apparently an official diagnosis? Did they offer to repeat the test? How many weeks are you? It's good that your BGLs are testing low. My cutoff BGLs are <5.0 for fasting and <6.7 2hrs after meals.

    BGLs can vary depending on exercise, the strip itself etc. Did you exercise the day you had that meal? I find my BGLs can go down considerably. I definitely cannot have soft drink My levels go through the roof if I do but that's just me. I was already following a low GI lifestyle before diagnosis so I don't really have a lot of high GI carbs as I prefer to fill up on other stuff.
    Thanks for the replies ladies.

    I am 26 weeks tomorrow. I wasn't offered a repeat of the test because I had GD (borderline also) with my first pregnancy as well. I haven't been exercising much lately as I have low iron as well and I've been so tired, so running around after my 2yo is about all I can manage for now

    I have been experimenting with my food intake these past few days and watching my BG very closely. My BG went to 6.9 after eating a white cheese/chive bread roll & a coke slurpee for lunch and it also went up to 6.5 after having a bowl of Just Right for breaky (this was all in the same day).

    If eat well it sits nicely in the mid 5's so now that I've seen some higher readings after indulging in some 'naughty' foods I'll tow the line and be sure to manage my GD as I think it has the potential to become an issue if I don't watch what I eat.

    Thanks again for taking the time to reply

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    I am just over 33 weeks now & was diagnosed with GD at 26 weeks. I was just over the threshold as well @ 8.2 after the 2 hour test (should have been below 8). Once I started on the diet I was given and started taking my bgl's I questioned the diagnosis - I have only ever had a couple of readings over 7 and a few that were close, my highest ever was when I had blueberries on my cereal! Though I have lost over 3kgs since then so I can't complain too much I guess & feel a lot healthier. Because it has been Xmas I took a break from my diet and of course my levels have gone up, but nothing over 7 which is a surprise. Like one of the pp's I've also found that my levels have naturally increased as my pg has progressed. Whereas I would get a 4 something after fasting, I'm now getting anywhere from 5.5 up (but not a 6 yet). It is the same as after eating even though I eat the same foods I always have I'm getting higher readings. I was devastated when I found out, but have accepted it now & can truly say that I feel so much healthier than I did before, have also found my pregnancy related aches & pains have gone away too. Good luck xx

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    I was diagnosed with GD at 25 weeks (8.8), I'm 27 weeks now, and like the rest of you I was pretty bummed out. I was surprised as I eat well, exercise and have a healthy BMI. In addition all my tests with the glucometer except 2 have been within range.

    pdogsmum I think you have a great attitude and I have to agree with you. I feel much better too now I am on the diet and exercise regime for GD. A healthier me and a healthier pregnancy is a much better outcome for me and the bub. I tell myself all this carb counting and tests are only for another 3 months which is not very long.

    Even if our tests are within range now we still need to watch our levels as there is a chance they may increase as the baby grows bigger and places a bigger demand on our insulin. xo

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    Hi all,
    I'm a little late to this thread but I'm wondering, how much glucose drink were you given at your GD test after having GD on your first baby?
    Doesn't 100ml sound ridiculously high for someone who is in a high risk category?
    I want to refuse 100 ml, as the last time they tested me at 17 weeks with 100ml I was so so sick all day after..that's not right. What is that doing to the little baby?
    I never eat anything that would leave me like that in real life and other that that, all my BS reading have been wel within the healthy range (I'm usng the hmoe testing strips)
    Just seems unfair, if they are going to overdose me with glucose, to diagnose me with GD after, when I think any normal person who doesn't flood their system with that amount of sugar, would react the same way?
    Wouldn't 50-75 mls be enough to get a accurate reading, and not risk me feeling ill or baby having all that sugar pumped in to him?
    Like many of you here, I have been keeping a close eye on it, it just maddens me to think that they will dose me up on sugar and stick the GD label on me, which will increase my hospital visits for no good reason.

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    Hey Little Smile, just wanted to respond to you.. I had GD with my first pg and insulin from 7 weeks.

    100ml test is standard, they have to give the same amount to everyone so they can compare it to 'normal', if they give you less then the results won't be valid. Even though it made you feel sick, it won't harm the baby, it's just sugar in water, you would be getting more harmful stuff in the same size drink of coke or even lemonade because the glucose drink doesn't contain any nasty artificial flavours etc.

    A 'normal' person will get a 'normal' reading on a GTT because their body is able to process the sugar.

    If you feel strongly about it you are better off declining the test all together, because taking a smaller amount of glucose will just be a waste of time and will probably still make you feel sick.

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    Thanks for the response
    No, I'll definitely take the test, better to be safe than sorry.
    I think I fasted for too long last time so
    I'll cut that to 9 hours instead of the 14 I did (not on purpose)
    Maybe then I won't have such a bad reaction, I wouldn't have that kind of a reaction to a soft drink normally.
    Thanks again for clearing up the 100mls/75 mls , makes sense if everyone gets the same levels

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    I know this was all a few months ago - but I'm having the exact same issue! How did you go in the end? I'm so frustrated (you can see my rant under this category with the title 'Frustrated...' ).

    I think sometimes they ignore a person's individual situation.

    While I don't mind keeping an eye on my levels, I don't want to have to be back in the 'system' as it wasn't fun at all last time.

    My fasting this morning was 4.8. I had a bowl of Milo porridge for breakfast and was 6.3 @ 1 hour and only 4.2 @ 2 hours. How can I be considered diabetic?


 

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