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Old Dec 13th, 2012, 04:08 AM   1
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Gestational Diabetes - Buddy?!


Hi ladies! I have just been diagnosed with GD and I'm due for my first hospital appointment at the diabetes clinic this afternoon! I was wondering if any of you were in the same boat? It's so much to take in, it'd be lovely to have someone to chat to!

I'm 25 and this is my first baby. I'm totally overwhelmed and really anxious about my appointment - I so don't want them to make me feel any more guilty than I already do. I'm bigger, and I've always had problems with food, so to be honest I haven't weighed myself in the last 8 weeks. I'm terrified they'll weigh me and then shout at me if I've gained too much I'm feeling quite lost about this tbh.

Here's to a sweet and chocolate free Christmas Looking forward to chatting with all of you that are in the same boat! Xx



 
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Old Dec 13th, 2012, 04:39 AM   2
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Hi Miwi Dont stress too much it's not something that you caused....

I too have just been diagnosed with GD i had my appointment with the specialist today. I had GD with my 2nd pregnancy, Im 31 a little over weight and blamed myself when i found out last pregnancy. But as it was explained to me, GD is different from normal diabetes..... apparently having GD does unmask the fact that you MAY develop diabetes later in life, but not from GD something that you have a predisposition too.

I was told today that i had to monitor my blood sugars for the next week and watch what i eat (i was given a list go foods that were acceptable) and if after the week my Blood sugars are still high i will need insulin. I did last pregnancy, for the 2 weeks prior to insulin i was eating sooooo healthy but yet i still needed insulin so that in its self tells you that sometimes it doesn't matter what you put in your mouth its your body that is not working properly. Once i had my son my blood sugars went back to normal with in 48 hrs.

Don't beat yourself up over it



 
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Old Dec 13th, 2012, 05:14 AM   3
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Aw thank you. That's a great way of looking at it - that your body just isn't working properly. I've been so careful about what I've been eating since Monday when I found out, but obviously I've no idea if I've been doing well as I've no monitor yet. Actually quite looking forward to being able to check my sugars so at least I know which foods affect me and which don't!
I have a feeling that I'll end up on insulin, there's a lot of diabetes on my dads side so I do know that I'm predisposed to Type 2. I just hope they don't criticise my weight!
Are you basically reducing carbs based on the food list they gave you? Xx



 
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I've just been diagnosed and had to start insulin.



 
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Old Dec 13th, 2012, 06:17 AM   5
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I've just been diagnosed and had to start insulin.
How are you finding it? Did they put you on. Insulin straight away or did they try diet first? I feel for you, insulin injections can't be nice



 
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Yeah cutting out obvious sugary foods( cakes chocolate ect) and monitoring my carb intake, they told me i could have some carbs just small portions. TBH i was starting to feel unwell before the diagnosis but since changing my diet a week ago a feel a whole lot better.



 
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I've just been diagnosed and had to start insulin.
How are you finding it? Did they put you on. Insulin straight away or did they try diet first? I feel for you, insulin injections can't be nice
I've already been on Glumetza and tried limiting carbs. They had me do a log for a week and I had some really high readings, so they just called in insulin.



 
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Hi ladies! I have just been diagnosed with GD and I'm due for my first hospital appointment at the diabetes clinic this afternoon! I was wondering if any of you were in the same boat? It's so much to take in, it'd be lovely to have someone to chat to!

I'm 25 and this is my first baby. I'm totally overwhelmed and really anxious about my appointment - I so don't want them to make me feel any more guilty than I already do. I'm bigger, and I've always had problems with food, so to be honest I haven't weighed myself in the last 8 weeks. I'm terrified they'll weigh me and then shout at me if I've gained too much I'm feeling quite lost about this tbh.

Here's to a sweet and chocolate free Christmas Looking forward to chatting with all of you that are in the same boat! Xx
Hi there! I'm sorry to hear that you were diagnosed with GD. It can be really tough coming to grips with the diagnosis. I know I've had a terrible time with it. I have gone through it once already and have had it since 6 weeks with my 2nd now (I have a long, long way to go lol).

When I was pregnant with my daughter, and truthfully now as well, I was embarrassed going to the diabetes clinic. The first time, I felt like such a jerk! The nutritionist was asking me all sorts of questions, showing me labels and making me add up carbs and proteins. Everyone was really nice and really helpful. I think it was more of a problem with myself feeling self conscious and ashamed. I couldn't control with diet alone so I was put on an oral med (glyburide) after about a week. It was so difficult to curb my cravings but I survived. I was very overweight to begin with and actually lost 2 lbs during my 1st pregnancy. Then I pigged out after I gave birth. Probably not the best idea but after being deprived for months I had to eat .

Now, pregnant with #2 (I'm 25 yrs old too btw), I've had GD since 6 weeks when my doctor had me start testing. Went back to the diabetes center for a refresher and to get a new meter. Wasn't so bad this time since I knew all the basics. I did lose about 40 lbs since my last pregnancy and was so proud. Learning I had GD again was a major blow to my self esteem. I know you're more likely to have it again once you've had it but it stinks! I have a long road of dieting ahead of me this time. I had about 1 week of out of control sugars and started back on the lowest dose of glyburide this past Monday. I feel 100% better and more confident that I can get through this now. My fastings before meds were about 135-150 and my 2 hr post meals were always 114-145 (MUCH MUCH higher than in my first pg). My doctor wasnt sure that the low dose would work this time but it's done wonders and I feel like I can relax a bit knowing my sugars are safely under control.

As for your weight, I completely understand. I'm in the same boat. I have an amazing doctor who is soo caring, just a really wonderful man, and he has never made me feel bad about my weight. You might be pleasantly surprised to see that you gain very little weight with your new diet. I'm allowed 20 lbs total however when you cut your carb intake and are just eating much healthier you may even lose weight (which my doctor has confirmed is completely safe if you are over weight and obv not starving yourself or anything).

Anyway, long message lol. If you need anyone to chat with, I'd be happy to talk to you! I know how tough GD is and it does help talking to others about it. .



 
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Mind if I join? I just found out today that I had a very high reading on the one hour test. They said no need to do the three hour test. I see a dietician next Friday so unsure what to do between now and then. I have been on weight watchers most of my adult life and have stayed within 10 lbs of my goal weight. I feel a bit like a failure. We got pregnant through ivf after we lost our first ivf baby in January. Getting diagnosed with gd feels like yet another hurdle.



 
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Mind if I join? I just found out today that I had a very high reading on the one hour test. They said no need to do the three hour test. I see a dietician next Friday so unsure what to do between now and then. I have been on weight watchers most of my adult life and have stayed within 10 lbs of my goal weight. I feel a bit like a failure. We got pregnant through ivf after we lost our first ivf baby in January. Getting diagnosed with gd feels like yet another hurdle.
I haven't found it all that bad. I have to do insulin twice a day (but a very low dose for now). I went to class this week and I was surprised by how many carbs I do have to eat. Cakes and sweets are pretty much out, but some of the other things I like aren't.



 
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