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October 25th, 2012, 07:37 AM
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Yesterday I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. They tested me with my prenatal labs at 6 weeks, because my BMI is over 25, and that's the standard in my area. I failed the one hour. I told myself it was just because of my poor diet that day...but it turns out...it wasn't.

I failed the 3 hour glucose...

The scarier part is that they think it be undiagnosed type 2 diabetes, which means I'll still be poking my fingers 4 times a day and maybe taking insulin and God knows what else.

I feel so blindsided. I didn't have GD with my first pregnancy and my fasting sugars having always been in the 70's and 80's.

I also read that babies born to moms with undiagnosed diabetes can have birth defects. I'm nervous about this- we went through a huge ordeal with DD to a kidney defect and I'm terrified of putting another sweet baby through everything we had to put her through.

I'm so sad and depressed. I'm also starving.I have no idea what I can eat, because I won't meet with a dietician until at least next week, maybe the week after. I've been trying to "google" research, but there are so many conflicting things out there.

Help...
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November 12th, 2012, 04:24 PM
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Hang in there, hun. It's going to be ok. I have it with this preg and with my son. There are ways to overcome it without taking medicine. It didn't work for me; my parents have it, my grandparents had it, and I'm overweight. Exercise and modification in diet works for many people. Your dietician will explain everything. Basically, you always need to have a protein w/ your carbs. No more big bowls of pasta as a meal, heavy starches need to be the side dish from now on. Load up on veggies, light on the fruit. You can splurge w/ a dessert every once in a while, but be careful. Take it easy on yourself mama. Hugs
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November 12th, 2012, 06:40 PM
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Don't be sad. Just avoid too much carbs and do some research on recommended food for patients with Gestational Diabetes. God bless!
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November 15th, 2012, 12:31 PM
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It's depressing, I know, I completely understand. I had it undiagnosed with my DD, and diagnosed with my last two sons (DS2 & DS3). DS2 I was able to control it with diet and activity, DS3 it was completely impossible and I took an oral medication. I tested at fasting, after every meal. Let me tell you, I hated it worse than anything else, but I know it was so very important to know what was going on with my body. If you google low glycemic diet, you should find lots of information out on the internet. Like the ladies above said, you start learning to count your carbs. Here's how a meal went for me, you could have 4-5 carb choices per meal (if I recall correctly). You'll start reading every lable. A carb choice is considered anything w/ 15gms of carb. So, what I would do for breakfast for example was get a low carb (usually sourdough was the lowest) english muffin, and I could put 1-2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter on it. For a snack at mid-morning, I would have a small apple. Lunch varied, I can't recall my lunches at the moment. At dinner I would have whatever meat I had prepared for the family, and veggies, and steamed rice. Rice is a bit high, but with meat and veggies it was filling. Plus, how many fat Asian people with diabetes do you know? (SO's family, and my step-family are Asian, so I do have a little refernce for that remark) It wasn't a particularly fun diet, but I was able to make it work. Just do some research, and then trial and error to find what works for your body. It's a life change, a mindset change, but it's not terrible once you get used to it. The other nice thing about the low glycemic diet, is that I really do think it helped me to not gain a ton of weight. So there is a silver lining! Good Luck!
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