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    Default Need help/advice/tips re GD

    I was diagnosed with GD last week due to a fasting reading of 5.5 (on the cutoff). My 2hr was fine. Ive been given my glucometer and have been told to keep a diary for 2wks to see how i go, they were under the impression it would have been a one off reading and that id do fine, which im not.

    My hospital has no Diabetes educator, so i saw a dietician instead. I went over a basic rundown of foods i eat and was told my diet was fine, just test 4times a day and record food. So i have been testing for 4days so far.

    I wasnt told what they look for with the levels, or ways to reduce them, or anything specific about my diet + GD levels. Basically i was told, youll do fine, just eat as normal.

    For the past four days my fasting level has been over the limit, they were either 5.8 or 5.9. 7 out of the 10 two hour readings have been over the limit (7.0) ranging between 7.0-7.7.

    Its really confusing to me. My breakfast has been identical for the past three days and the levels were 7.2, 5.6, 7.7

    I rang the dietician and he wants to see me asap. I have another meeting with them on Wed.

    Ive been told by a few that the fasting levels are the ones they look at? Is this true? The dietician said the levels werent a concern so not to worry, but why do i need to keep under them then? I think he wasnt telling me the truth. We are going over my diet again.

    Im resenting food. I have HG (no vomiting, just nausea if i eat something that doesnt agree with me, and food/drink aversions that limit what i 'feel' like eating. Ive been so hungry the past few days, but im too scared to eat incase my levels go over. I cant drink anything except milk. So waiting 2hrs after food to have a drink is really hard.

    Today i had a recipe from the 12wbt for lunch. It was really healthy and my 2hr level was 7.2, WTH! I dont know what to eat

    Im not even going to talk about the implications of big baby=induction/csec.

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    Anyone?

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    Ok so a few things stuck out to me.
    I have GD too and was so confused to start with. Basically you need to have 30-45g of carbs for the 3 main meals and 15-30g for the 3 snacks. Milk is actually something I have as a snack if my sugars are low so if you have drunk milk in those 2 hours it will affect your levels. A safer way is water or my diatician says coke zero. If you like I have some paperwork etc. I can on you from my educator.

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    Maybe I'm not eating enough carbs then?

    My dietician only told me in serves, he just said 8-12 serves a day. Each serve being 15g

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    It all depends. My levels are getting higher the further gestation.

    With breakfast to it can depend on what your having. If your having toast with something on it etc.

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    Hi, had GD with my daughter, picked up at about 18weeks into pregnancy. Every docs levels are different. My fasting needed to be under 5.5 and after my meals was under 7.5. During the whole pregnancy I only ever went over 4 times, it is really really hard, I'm a lil on the larger side and love my food, I was so upset about GD and it was hard watching everything you ate! But when you know it's for your unborn child you do anything and everything. Few tips:
    Brekky:
    Milk has heaps of sugar, I had to switch to Soy Milky, lowest sugar milk substitute. Burgen bread, nestle solie yoghurt, lowest sugar muesli and strawberries.

    Lunch: Packaged ham, salad, sesame wrap, light cheese, home cooked chicken pieces, apple.

    Dinner: BBQ meat or chicken, BBQ veggies or salad, chicken veggie stir fry. No sauces, only used soy, garlic or herbs to flavour. No dressing on salad, just a lil lemon juice.

    Drinks: Only water or soda water with fresh lime or lemon. No soft drink or juices.

    Snacks: Couple of sugar free lollies or choc, packaged ham, nuts, fruit.

    Kinda like doing a low carb, low sugar diet. You will find foods that work for you, in the end I kinda just stuck to the same foods, got boring but didn't have to think about it.
    Eating out was hard, just stuck to proteins, smaller portion sizes making sure to eat lil bits often. Would always have a bag of nuts in my bag to snack.

    The first time I went grocery shopping it took three hours!! Hahaha. Looked at all the foods I liked and just read the label of every brand and chose the lowest sugar first then lowest carbs. You become a label expert and its funny how the foods you don't even think about have sooo much sugar in them. I love my condiments but was shocked at how much sugar was in things like BBQ and chilli sauce and salad dressing.
    My daughter is 9mths old now and I still try to eat the lower sugar alternatives and I can honestly say, my pregnancy was the healthiest I have been and felt.

    Hope this gives you a lil insight.

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    Thank you. The dr have me that stuff to. That's what I've been eating but my levels are still over. Especially my fasting. There isn't anything I can do about them is there? I've been told about Apple cider vinegar so I'm going to give that a go, but I think that with my fasting level high AND my, more often than not, high 2hrs I don't know what to do.

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    I'm in exactly the same boat as you, it's very frustrating! I've been so careful with my eating, feels like my whole day is consumed by what/when/how much to eat. Yet nearly all of my readings in the last 6 days have been slightly over. My OB said this morning to increase my protein and exercise more, that helps to bring levels down. I was worried he'd put me on insulin but baby is measuring perfectly at 33 weeks so he's not really concerned, if he's not worried then I'm not going to. I emailed my readings to the diabetes educator yesterday, if she has anything interesting to add I'll let you know.

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    You have to be careful with the combination of food you are eating- bread and fruit together can sky rocket for some people. Basically a vegetable and protein diet with minimal to no bread and minimal fruit usually does the trick. Although strawberries are fine to eat by the truckload as they are the lowest sugar fruit.


 

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