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    I am registered with the NDSS as well...you will be referred to a Gestational diabetes education session with a diabetic educator nurse and also a dietician. It is important to keep an eye on your carb intake, though we all have blow outs at times.
    I have a Verio One touch machine that l use 4 times a day to check my blood sugar levels. I take two tablets of metformin in the morning. Like you i am heavier this time around but i have lost 4kg just by the metformin. At night time i take a fast acting insulin before dinner then after dinner i take a slow acting one which i inject into the side of my belly. I see the diabetes educator every couple of weeks and a specialist as well as my antenatal appointments so there a few appointments to go to. Also you will have ultrasounds to measure baby's growth...you may not need medication and yes, it can be overwhelming. When i found out this time that i needed to inject myself every night, I was a bit stunned, but I'm a pro now lol. You will be ok x.

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    Thank you ladies for your stories, information and support. Im going to ring my hospital tomorrow if they haven't rung as I feel a bit like they've left this too long. I'll let you know how I go. And thanks again.

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    Hi ladies
    Rang hospital apparently they have sent a letter but I found out I have the diabetes class next Tuesday, 3 hours in morning. And already got someone organised to take my almost 3yo so I feel a bit less stressed and anxious.
    Hoping I'll have it all sorted by end of next week and hopefully I won't have to have tablets or shots... you guys have done awesome to cope with what you have.
    Thanks for your continued support.
    How is everyone else going?
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    The diabetes class is good. At mine we got given our glucose monitor and shown how to use it. Lots of Info on gd etc. Then the dietician explained all about foods, how they affect glucose levels and baby, portion control and how to read the labels to understand what we can and shouldn't eat. It's got alot to do with carbs and sugars.
    Like i said, i found it easier to find a few meals that worked for me to keep my levels down and i stuck with them.
    My fav snack was the ryvita lunch slices or corn thins with avocado tomato and cheese. These were my morning tea every day. Lunch was usually a salad with some chicken and boiled eggs. Dinner was tacos with lots of salad and the soft tortillas, meat and veg, homemade small vege pizzas on pita bread. You just have to watch your carbs.
    But they will def show you how to do all that. It was so daunting at first, i thought I'd be starving!
    Good luck, take lots of notes and write down any questions you have beforehand so you don't forget when you're there.

    Have they told you to fast before the class? We had to so they could get us to check our levels straight up at the class. Mine started at 9am, but i was still feeling light headed and starving by the end of the class.

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    I am going ok, though I am 34 weeks, I am a little lazy here and there, with my BSL's. Can't wait for this baby to be born so I don't have to do it any more lol

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    Hi Meandmyboys - Thank you so much for the information very much appreciate it although I am keen to get to this course and start getting on with things and feeling better I hope (with it being in control) I am a bit anxious about it and you have helped reduce that with knowing what to expect.
    Apparently there is a letter coming out soon I hope (probably today) that should have more information in it, hopefully that will tell me if I need to fast or not. My class is 9.30-12.30 So if I need to fast it will be difficult because for me breakfast is most important however I am sure it will be ok. Thanks again. How far along are you? Got long to go with this GD business?

    Hi Marchbundle - Well you are so so close now. It sounds like GD has been a bit taxing on you; luckily it's only for the pregnancy I hope it goes quick for you. We are here if you need any support or just to vent. I expect it's going to be hard for me to keep good food choices more because I think it's so unfair you have to give up alot of stuff while your pregnant and I believe it's worth it I think taking away your food choices sucks balls. Anyways we will all get through it. Hugs to you and have a great week.

    How is everyone else going? Currently pregnant and dealing with GD? I would like to hear your stories. :-)

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    @AceAri8 i have had my bub. He was 4 months last thursday. So i got diagnosed at 24 weeks. I went on metformin at about 28 weeks i think, it took until 36 weeks to get the dose right and then i was induced at 38+4. Bub was born with hypoglycemia and a little jaundice and had to spend 2 days in special care but he is just fine now. Having said that i had other issues during pregnancy too so don't freak out. I think hypoglycemia is quite common in babies born to gd mums, they just have to watch the bubs blood sugars til they stabilise. It wasn't fun, they did heel pricks on him to test his blood sugar every 3 hours while in hospital, and the easiest way for them to do that was after a nappy change and before a feed. So after 3 days of that my poor boy seemed to associate nappy change with getting his heel pricked, so would scream and cry at every nappy change. It took a good 6 weeks for him to realize it wasn't the case. He's all good now.
    I had to do another gtt 6 weeks after bub was born and it came back clear. So since then i have been really really bad with food and packed on 10kg. I'm back at work in 4 weeks and am going to get back on a similar diet as what i was doing when pregnant, but not as strict. It helped me lose weight plus it's healthy so win win. They will tell you that because you have gd, you are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes down the track, or you may already have it and this is just the way they found it. Thats why you do the follow up 6 weeks after bub is born. And they'll advise you to try and keep a healthy diet, to help reduce your risk of developing it. So after 4 months of badness and hating my body now, I'm getting back on it. Seriously, i was on a health kick to lose weight when i fell pregnant. One week after having bub i weighed myself and i was down to my goal weight. I felt so good and despite the csection scar and bit of a wobbly tummy i loved my body! And then i threw it all away. Silly silly silly.

    The diet was easy once i got the hang of it, but I'll be honest, once i went on mat leave at 35 weeks i was pretty bad with food. My dad passed away at that time, so i was feeling depressed, and i tend to comfort eat. Funnily enough my levels were still good, even when i ate maccas! I just had lots of water afterwards and only had a medium cheeseburger meal.
    I got back on the diet the week before i had bub though. I was feeling so guilty about what i may have been doing to the little guy.
    I find it easy to do at work because i can only eat what i bring in. Not like at home where i stuff my face or go for a drive and get takeaway. Am looking forward to it actually but at the same time I'm going to miss my little man so so much 😭

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    @meandmyboys82 Well what a story. Sounds like you went through alot and I am so glad everything turned out great for you and bub. Oh the food thing can be hard and you did great with all the stuff that happened to you at the time, all those health problems and your dad passing away its tuff.
    Thank you for all the tips and support I really appreciate it. It must be hard leaving your little man but I hope you are going well now.

    As for me I went to my course on Tuesday was totally stressed because I was late due to having visitors leaving late so I was late and had to drop my son off but anyways once I was there and it was all explained I can say I was definitely overwhelmed so I took rest for the rest of the day and tried to absorb it all.
    I was experiencing headaches on and off for weeks but the past days before the course and the day of the course plus the next day (wed) was terrible but when I worked out I wasn't eating enough carbs then it made sense. I just adjusted it to have closer to 4 carb units in bigger meals and 1-2 in snacks I feel better. As I did have some low readings the first few days especially after breakfast so I obviously wasn't eating enough. The last few days all my readings have been between 5-6 after meals which is good. I feel so much better yesterday and today so I am feeling more positive and I am so grateful to you all for giving me the support, especially before the course.

    I am now 20 weeks so I feel like I will be doing this testing and counting carb thing for longer than most but if it all stays in the right readings and I keep eating well then I will count myself very lucky I don't have to have tablets and/or injections like some of you have had to.

    How is everyone else doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AceAri8 View Post
    @meandmyboys82 Well what a story. Sounds like you went through alot and I am so glad everything turned out great for you and bub. Oh the food thing can be hard and you did great with all the stuff that happened to you at the time, all those health problems and your dad passing away its tuff.
    Thank you for all the tips and support I really appreciate it. It must be hard leaving your little man but I hope you are going well now.

    As for me I went to my course on Tuesday was totally stressed because I was late due to having visitors leaving late so I was late and had to drop my son off but anyways once I was there and it was all explained I can say I was definitely overwhelmed so I took rest for the rest of the day and tried to absorb it all.
    I was experiencing headaches on and off for weeks but the past days before the course and the day of the course plus the next day (wed) was terrible but when I worked out I wasn't eating enough carbs then it made sense. I just adjusted it to have closer to 4 carb units in bigger meals and 1-2 in snacks I feel better. As I did have some low readings the first few days especially after breakfast so I obviously wasn't eating enough. The last few days all my readings have been between 5-6 after meals which is good. I feel so much better yesterday and today so I am feeling more positive and I am so grateful to you all for giving me the support, especially before the course.

    I am now 20 weeks so I feel like I will be doing this testing and counting carb thing for longer than most but if it all stays in the right readings and I keep eating well then I will count myself very lucky I don't have to have tablets and/or injections like some of you have had to.

    How is everyone else doing?
    Hang in there!! I have about 2-3 weeks left at least until this bub is born. Was told today that i will be induced @ 38-39 weeks depending on bub's size. Ultrasound on Monday, can't wait. I have been a little slack lately. My diabetes specialist said i will have to lose weight and get to a healthy weight otherwise type 2 is a very real possibility. That scare is enough for me. Will get on it once bubs is born....you will be fine

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    I remember being told my GD test came back positive for DD1 and i was devastated and out of my mind scared about having to possibly inject jnsulin!! Everyone commented on me being the least expected person to have it as I was 57kgs, ate and trained healthily - just my mum had type 2.

    I had to test 4 times a day from week 28, then by week 30ish I went onto the highest dose of diabex. One thing that really spiked my sugars was bananas, so keep that in mind

    Whilst its scary, your med providers will assist and monitor you !!!


 

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