just been diagnosed with gestational diabetes :'(.....feel totally lost
i got my results back from the glucose test i had friday.... the labour and delivery ward phoned me this morning to tell me that my levels were raised and that i have indeed developed diabetes .
ive got to see a consultant next thursday and i have a scan this wednesday....
tbh, im so peed off with my midwife....shes known from my first appointment at 7 weeks that nearly everyone in my family has diabetes....everyone except my mum has it . how i cam about having the test was last week i went to hospital as i had reduced movement all went well with LO, bu they asked me to do a urine test and it showed that i had blood, protiene, sugar/glucose and keytones present in it.
so i went for my glucose test friday and tbh as soon as i drunk the yucky glucose drink..... i felt odd, kind of spaced out like i had been given drugs, my eyes were heavy and felt faint . so i kind of guessed there and then somthing wasnt right, perhaps it could of just been coinsidence and been where i was hungry im not sure .
i feel absolutly terrible this morning as in the night i woke for my usual toilet trip and was a little hungry and was drooling for a bit of chocolate and i had a couple of squares of cadbrys chocolate and another square when i woke..... i feel terrible . ive chucked all my choccies in the bin now so i wont feel tempted . its weird i used to hate sweet things now i wake up craving them .
so untill thursday i don know for sure what i can and can't eat..... but so its not a total shock to my system, im making changes from now .
but im totally lost. i looked online and i cant seem to find much that it says is fine to have mostly it says what you cant have......
so what can i have? i brought some freshly prepared melon chunks..... are these ok to eat or not ?.
milk- is my biggest craving, how much should i be drinking now?
also what foods are a massive nono!!! what sweet things can i have because ive heard even fruit you have to be careful with .
and what can i have for my lunch.... as i don know im wondering if it is safer for me to have nothing as i dont know what i can have .
also for dinner as its my mums birthday, i was making her favourite breaded scampi, chips and salad...... is this ok for me to have aswell .
what does this mean for me and my LO, im really worried, will she have to be born early
There is a really good GD support group on here. I am not sure way they didnt test you earlier, in the US it is routine to test around 28 weeks since GD is worse in third tri and will get worse the rest of the pg. You will be going on diet. You just need to watch your carbs. I am allowed 30mg carbs for breakfast 45mg carbs am snack 60mg carbs for lunch 30mg carbs for pm snack 60mg carbs for dinner and 30mg carbs for night snack. If you use something like my diet until you get your own(which mine are pretty high carbs for GD) you should feel better. It doesnt mean you will need to have her early, if you can control your diet then baby should be fine but no telling how long you had it and baby might be gaining weight already. Melons are are a good source of good carbs, it has lots of sugar in it. Lots more tips in the GD support group.
If you have a lot of diabetics in your family, they should be able to give you some advice as well. Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational are certainly different, but we all live live our lives based on carbohydrates and sticking our fingers.
Break your food intake into smaller amounts throughout the day, instead of 2-3 larger meals is a good general place to start.
I had gestational diabetes 7 years ago when I had my son. The doctor felt that it would not go away after the baby; that I would be an "official" type 2 diabetic. It did in fact go away for about 2 years, but I am now a type 2 diabetic, and enter this pregnancy already diabetic. It is a pain, but it is manageable. A few bad numbers or readings on your meter (when you get one) are not the end of the world; it's the overall picture.
While there are "rules" to follow, they won't always "work." You'll have bad days and good days, and it may not always make sense, or seem "fair."
If you are worried about a particular food type try and look it up and find out what its GI level is - you should be on a low GI diet. Sometimes it is hard to get this info, but from experience things like watermelon, grapes and bananas are high GI whereas apples are lower and I would guess peaches and oranges are intermediate. Rice is apparently a high GI starch, pasta slightly lower and brown and seed breads even lower. Most vegetables are low GI
I have very little problems with milk and cheese though have heard from some diabetics that milk does raise their sugar levels - you'll have to test this one for yourself.
thankyou for the advice ladies .... feeling a little more optermistic today about the whole situation.....
ive been checking my blood sugar aswell on my dads maschine.... last night it was 5.2 before dinner later in the evening it was 7.2....
this morning i had a boiled egg with 1 slice of whole meal bread and a really small bowl of porridge with nothing on.....bleurrr that was horrid lol. with a glass of water..... i checked my sugars an hour after and they were 8.3 :S....
not sure if it was the breakfast as im still not sure whats good to eat or not untill ive seen my dietician tomorrow, so just kind of guessing at the moment and just cutting out the obvious stuff for now....
checked my sugar levels an hour ago and they were 7.3
are these good readings or not? i mean comparedd to my dads last night mine is very low my dads last night was 12.3!!
a little bit stuck on what i should do about lunch tomorrow.... i have a scan at 11:50 and then diabetes clinic at 4pm.... so i have a LONG wait and was going to go out for lunch with OH.... so what places are a no no!! and what would be ok.... what about harvester is that ok? what foods shall i avoid when eating out ?
One thing I was advised about was to not compare numbers with type II or type I diabetics who are not pregnant. Apparently our levels are supposed to be lower or something - I'm not really sure, just was told the acceptable ranges aren't the same
As far as going out - I don't know any specifics in your area, but in general avoid pastas, battered/fried food, and sandwiches/rolls. If you stick with steaks, chicken, fish, and veggies, you should be fine. Adding a little brown rice is good too - but that seems to be harder to do. Some ladies do fine with potatoes, but sadly those are fairly off limits for me right now.
And remember, its not the one or two highs a week that cause problems for baby & mom with GD - its untreated/unmanaged GD, meaning frequent, continual highs that can cause issues, so the occassional 'oops' that happens as part of experimenting and trying things is ok If I remind myself to relax and not stress out about it, my readings end up lower anyway
Fasting Glucose levels should be 5.5 or less and 2 hours after a meal it should be 7 or less.
I was told to check 1.5-2 hours after a meal since this is when Glucose levels generally peak and start to drop so is the best time.
I would check with your Dietician/Endo what your numbers should be since it may be different where you are. Im in Australia.
I was also told that no food is out of bounds... You just need to keep on Low GI as much as possible and stay within your Carb range......I'm finding at the moment that im struggling to get the minimum range. 3 smaller meals and 3 snacks im on at the moment.
Definately wont be hungry at all.
GD runs very high on the maternal side of my family. When I was diagnosed during this pregnancy, I wasn't surprised by the finding. I went to a registered dietitian to find out what I could eat to keep my levels under control. It's not so much about what you eat, it's more about what you eat with what. For example: Breakfast includes a protein (eggs, cheese, or meat, and whole wheat toast with a glass of milk). Mid-morning snack includes fruit with cheese and whole wheat crackers. Lunch includes vegetable (salad), sandwich with leafy green lettuce and a serving of meat and a slice of cheese, mid afternoon snack includes 3 graham cracker squares and some peanut butter. Supper includes a lowfat meat, 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes or another starch, 2 non-starchy vegetable servings, and milk. My early evening before bedtime snack includes a cup of cold cereal with a cup of milk. If it's available, I think your best bet is to go see a dietitian. Good luck!
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