I had mild GD last pregnancy (diet controlled), so kept my glucometer for this time around. I started checking my levels around 4 months - and in the past few weeks have been doing it after practically every meal. My fasting is always around 4.5 and after a meal it's never been over 6.5 (usually high fives) - except for one day when I went a bit nuts with the shortbread biscuits - and I was still only just over 7.
I had to go straight to the 2 hour GTT test at the hospital because of my history and they tell me I have GD again! My 2 hour level was 8.3 and I was supposed to be less than 7.8... but I don't understand! Of course I know the drink is sweet, but I thought the shortbread would be similar. I had a huge lunch later on (I didn't know the results then and was starving from the fast) and was down to high 5's 2 hours later.
My issue is now I'm considered high risk, I have to go back to the hospital and be monitored more closely... I get lectured by the diabetes 'educators' who last time were awful and made me feel like a bad person... and I have to keep track of my levels four times a day. Plus I have to express colostrum early - which did nothing last time (I actually forgot to take it with me to hospital when I was in labour, but my son latched on right away and we had no problem breastfeeding). My son was only 8lb and had no issues... so I guess I'm just cranky that I have this classification hanging over me when it all seems so pointless.
Has anyone else experienced something similar? I guess I didn't mind checking my levels when I knew I didn't have to, but now I'm forced into keeping track of all my food and justifying everything to someone else, I'm a bit cranky. I think what got to me last time was that the educators only cared about the numbers, when really it should have been whether my son was getting too big. When I had a late scan and told them he was average, they didn't even care. Plus they wanted me to use a hospital glucometer which gave out weird inconsistent readings that I couldn't use to gauge my food intake. The one my doctor gave me was much easier to follow but the educators were really unhappy with me wanting to use my own.
I want to stay out of the system as much as possible, but I also don't want to upset anyone involved in my pregnancy care.
Sorry for the negative tone - I just thought because all my readings had been good so far that I had avoided GD this time. I've already had a midwife warn me that I'm probably going to get Type II diabetes later on - which I don't appreciate. I normally eat pretty healthy, my weight was perfect before this pregnancy (I actually got back to my teenage weight recently!) and I'm quite active.
Maybe I'm just being a sook. Sorry