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    I have gd, have recently been put on metformin at night due to my fasting levels being too high. My daily levels are great with diet control but no matter what i try my fasting levels are always between 5 and 5.4 (supposed to be under 5). I was put on 1 x 500mg tablet at night to start, after 2 weeks it only helped sometimes, now I'm on 2 x 500mg tablets every night, it's still not doing much. Wondering if I'll get put on insulin at next appt in just over a week. It's so annoying i feel like I'm failing my baby, even though i know it's out of my control.
    On the plus since finding out i have gd and starting the diet i have lost about 3kg which dr says is good considering my bmi classes me as obese (although to look at me you wouldn't think so).
    Anyone else tried the metformin and then had to go on insulin? I'm 31 weeks atm.

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    @francesthecat: i haven't seen you on the other thread for a while. Glad to hear from you, although not glad to see you on this thread! Do you have family history of diabetes? Are you belonged to a certain ethic group that has a higher chance of getting GD? I assume you were on steroid early on?

    I know from the start that i am likely to get it. I am not surprised or upset that the GTT result comes back high. I wasn't obese and fast and random glucose always good before i embarked on the IVF journey. Steroid has done a lot of harm for me from the start.

    I just saw the dietitian last week. My fasting level has been under 5 (borderline). I always get super high value after breakfast no matter what i eat. For comparison, i am eating more for lunch and dinner and yet the levels are less after the breakfast. The levels are still above the dietitian would like to have. I feel like it doest really matter what i eat. It is still above normal range so they might well put me on insulin straight away. It isn't like i haven't had enough needles this pregnancy. I just want the bub to be healthy. The diet makes me lose weight atm. I am eating like a sparrow and constantly hungry! It can't be healthy for the bub either. However, OB wanted to wait for another week or two to decide on the insulin.
    @meandmyboy82: sorry, can't help you with metformin. My OB would put me on insulin next. I am 29w.

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    Thank you @bbhope Yes Ive been a little MIA

    The only history for diabetes in my family is type 2 in much later in life. My sister did not get it in any of her pregnancies & neither did my mum.
    Nor am I ethic group that is a higher risk.
    Yes to the steroids I have been on pred for January
    Then on DEX for 4 months & a few weeks. Yep its done a great deal of harm to me as well.
    Im not obese either, I have gained weight in this pregnancy though. Not a size 12 anymore though. I have never been thin either.

    I go back and re some more of this thread about what type of diet to follow.

    many thanks

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    If your family has type 2, then yes, you have a slightly higher risk. My cousins on my father side have type 2 but most of them are obese. My aunt (mother side) had GD. I don't know if anyone has type 1 but my parents always tell me to watch for my sugar intake since i was young. I'm in the ethic group of high risk. My sister didn't have it when she was pregnant. She was in her early 20s when she got pregnant, though. I am not sure if age is a factor.

    Basically, i was told that half the plate should be veges, 1/4 protein and 1/4 carb. Low GI carb. Breakfast only 2 slices of wholegrain bread + peanut butter + skim milk or 3/4 cup of cereal + milk. Snacks after breakfast and lunch. 2 fruit servings per day. 1 serve = 1 apple size. The dietitian wants to up my protein intake since she said it helps to digest the sugar/carb. I thought eating less meat was the way to go but no. I was also told that i shouldn't stop carb completely. If i crave rice or pasta, go with low GI rice (basmati) and wheat pasta. Basically, 5 meals a day.

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    Is anyone being put on metformin? Any side effect?

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    I'm on metformin, started on 500mg once at night, my dose was upped to 1g once at night last week. I felt a little yuck in the tummy at first but it passed after a week or so. I have had constipation and embarrassingly horrible gas but no diarrhea as warned by the dr. It still doesn't seem to be having much effect on my fasting levels though so I'm wondering if I'll get put on insulin at my next appt next week.

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    My fasting level is fine. Just that my morning level is high no matter what I eat. Dietitian didn't suggest I cut carb in the morning. I just have been eating certain brand of cereal and bread. Nothing change.

    The only way to get the level down is to cut carb completely which I was told not to do. Confused?!

    Do you take it before bed with an empty stomach? I am eating so little with the diet that I get hungry like 2 hrs later. I am doing the 1hr test as told by my dietitian. Honestly, I think my 2hrs level might not be too bad.

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    No i take my tablets with dinner. I was told to take with food as it is supposed to decrease side effects. All my daily levels are great, i can even have some sneaky mcdonalds and my levels are still below the 6.7. But no matter what i do (and i've tried everything the dietician suggested for supper) at night my fasting levels are just above that 5. The metformin isn't working for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meandmyboys82 View Post
    No i take my tablets with dinner. I was told to take with food as it is supposed to decrease side effects. All my daily levels are great, i can even have some sneaky mcdonalds and my levels are still below the 6.7. But no matter what i do (and i've tried everything the dietician suggested for supper) at night my fasting levels are just above that 5. The metformin isn't working for me.
    I'm in the same boat - I'm also on insulin at night for my fasting levels but it doesn't seem to be doing the trick. I'm on 60 units 😞 - this mornings levels are 5.6
    My obstreition suggested a cup of milo before I go bed (which I had last night) but it didn't work

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    I have milo every night! Hot milk with one teaspoon of milo. unless i have a virtually carb free dinner the night before my levels are above the 5 first thing in the morning - and even with little or no carbs at dinner it's still at 4.9 or 5 in the morning, this is since being on metformin. My dr doesn't want me doing this though, she said not to cut out the carbs. Feel like I'm fighting a losing battle. But baby is in 30th percentile for his size at the moment. I'm 32 weeks. Since i started the GD diet I've lost 3kg (am "obese" according to my bmi but not very overweight to look at. One of the ladies i work with was shocked when i told her my weight, she didn't believe me!) and he dropped back from 41st percentile to 30th. But i have issues with low papp-a which can be a cause of this.
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