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    Hi, hope this is ok to ask this group; I took the 1 hr test last week. Was told to eat breakfast as normal and get the test done 20min later. So I followed instructions exactly :-)
    The lady didn't wait the full hour after the drink; I asked that but she responded "doesn't matter'. (40/45min mark).
    Anyway, my result was 7.8 which is the exact cut off. So now I need to book in for the 3 hr test next week.
    Anyone have any tips before this test in your experiences of trying to keep your levels down? I've been told to "carbo load" 3 days prior to the test but any info you have that could help would be great.
    Understand this is for people with GD but thought if I could follow your diet it might help before the test?
    Thanks!

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    Hi @KT8, apparently the prep for the test can be slightly different depending on which pathology place you go to so it's best to go by what they've told you. I was told to carb load for two days prior. I was eating low carb prior to that. A lot of women who only just fail the one-hour test go on to pass the longer test so fingers crossed you escape it.

    In terms of my GD management diet I went to see a dietician to provide guidance (and if you do end up being diagnosed with GD I would really recommend doing this) and basically you need to incorporate some form of carbs into each meal and snack. I aim for 2-3 serves (30-45g) of carbs for main meals and 1-2 serves (15-30g) of carbs for snacks.

    My daily food looks like this...

    Breakfast: 1 slice wholegrain toast with eggs + 1 tub (100g) yoghurt OR 2 slices toast with cheese/tomato/spinach = just over 2 serves

    Lunch: meat/tuna w salad including four bean mix/chickpeas/corn, 1 cup of milk OR sandwich with meat and salad OR basic stir-fry (meat/veggies) with basmati rice = just over 2 serves

    Dinner: many variations but should include potato, rice, pasta, corn, legumes (chickpeas, lentils, etc), etc to get your carb serves.

    Snacks: 1 piece of fruit and 3 shredded wheat biscuits OR fruit smoothie using 2 pieces of fruit OR 1 tub of yoghurt OR 1 slice toast OR 1 cup milk/Milo = 1 to 2 serves
    (I have a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack as well as something small just before bed so my insulin levels stay stable overnight)

    I don't drink soft drink or fruit juices, just water or mineral water. I have 1 cup of tea a day with just a small amount of milk (1 cup milk = 1 serve of carbs).

    Be wary of things like honey (1 tbs = 1.39 serves of carbs). I also found that canned baked beans have way too much sugar in them and push my blood sugar through the roof.

    This also might help with what to eat:
    http://www.diabetesqld.org.au/media/...estational.pdf

    If you're curious about carb levels in foods you already have at home take a look at this website http://www.calorieking.com.au. Search for what you want, choose your serving size and it will bring up the number of carbs. Divide carbs by 15 to get the serving size.

    This is probably more information than you wanted but hopefully you find it useful!

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    Thank you! That's very helpful. Wil give it a try and see how I go next week

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    @KT8, how did you go with your test? Hopefully the food tips helped a bit!

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    Hi! Test was ok but I won't get the results til next week. She only aid my starting blood number was good but nothing else. Fingers crossed! I did follow the food tips so hopefully that helped; will see.
    I confess to having ice cream last night as a treat before I know the results

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    all goes well!

    I still treat myself very occasionally with a piece of Toblerone.

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    Hi All
    I don't think we have a GD section do we?
    anyway, I thought I'd ask a question in here as you'd most likely have the answer.

    I'm doing the GD 2 hr test on Tuesday morning and have to do the 3 day diet before.
    Did you follow the recommended diet to a T or did you just ensure you had eaten at least the same amount of carbs on that list and then whatever else you felt like?
    Or did you just go wild for 3 days before?

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    @Phony, I did the diet for 2 days prior to my test, and that was a struggle for me as I am someone who prefers a low-carb diet. I tried to aim what they suggest but - ick - it was just a bit too much for me. The technician I spoke to on the phone about what the test entailed didn't seem to think it was a really big deal, and I was basically told to do the best I could.

    Hope your test goes well!

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    Hi hope you don't mind if I jump in here. I just had a repeat 2hr gtt today due to the fact that I wasn't told to fast the first time. When I told my OB this he sent me off to do it again. I will find out next week if I really do have GD or not. I have been testing my sugar levels for about a month now and they are mostly below 7 even after eating junk and fasting is well below 5.5. I wasn't told anything about adhering to a high carb diet before fasting. I don't understand how drs are diagnosing people if the information given to everyone is so different?? There must be a lot of pregnant women walking around who are misdiagnosed!
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    @bubbasmum, I agree with you! And it's not just the preparation for the GTT where there's differing advice, which depends on which pathology place you go to. If you get diagnosed with GD, the BGLs that doctors give you to aim for seem to differ too! Although I believe that this is because the recommended threshold has been lowered, so some are going on the old numbers and some are going on the new. It would be fantastic if there could be some consistency.

    In my DIG one of the women mentioned what her numbers were and that her OB said she didn't have GD, whereas my doctor would have enforced the GD diagnosis and diet based on those same numbers. Go figure!

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