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September 27th, 2012, 06:26 AM
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Update: 1 hour test numbers was 159. Anything over 130 is considered high. Not sure how bad that is but it's definitely over :/

Just got a call from the Dr's office--I failed the 1 hour test and now have to take the three hour test to see if I have gestational diabetes. I am in tears, it's the one thing I didn't want to fail, I don't get it, I don't know what I could have done differently, but I feel like a s**t bad mom. I mean sure I may have the extra treat here and there and a few more cookies than usual but I haven't been pigging out, I'm a normal weight, ugh I don't get it but I feel like a failure and I'm terrified of the next step.
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September 27th, 2012, 06:33 AM
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Awe, just because you didn't pass the test does not mean you are a failure. I have known women that have eaten perfectly and still not passed this test. Pregnancy can do crazy things to a woman's body.

Hang in there and try not to stress too much.

When do you have the 3 hour test?
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September 27th, 2012, 06:42 AM
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Don't be so hard on yourself...its just our pregnant bodies. You are not a bad mom because of it!
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September 27th, 2012, 06:55 AM
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It really has nothing to do with how much you weigh! I'm sure you'll pass the 3-hour! My old doc, when I was discussing getting preggo with my second, told me to lose weight first or I'd get GD, well I didn't and I didn't!
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September 27th, 2012, 07:08 AM
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I'm just so distraught. Like, what could I have done differently? What did I do wrong???

It's hard for me not to get caught up in the what if's or what will happen if I have and the implications on me, the baby, and the flying I was supposed to do in a few weeks. I know it's not the most important thing, but I might not be able to make my NJ shower or go to the Carribean for work as I was supposed to
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September 27th, 2012, 07:10 AM
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Hey Meredith!!

I saw this post and wanted to pop in to tell you first... This has NOTHING to do with whether you have done something wrong or not. I developed gestational diabetes last pregnancy. And it looks like I am heading there this time too. (although this time I am just borderline because I knew I could develop it so I took steps to control my glucose levels)

But since I was sooo scared for the baby's health this time around I didn't eat ANYTHING bad. I didn't have sugary sweets. (Only a diet ginger ale now and again and fruit) I made sure that I got on the elliptical every single day.(at least when I wasn't near death w/ morning sickness) I didn't get NEAR any risky foods. And I still developed it. The doctor told me that there isn't much that you can do. Nothing you did or ate or eat causes gestational diabetes. I am 36 so that contributes to my chances of getting it. You just have to CONTROL it once you get it.

Here is the explanation of why some women develop it:

Pregnancy puts a high demand upon the kidneys and insulin resistance increases due to placental hormones.


Three percent of all pregnant women have gestational diabetes -- about 135,000 annually. Women who have a pregnancy after 35 are a bit more prone to development of this condition.


They also recently changed the parameters of when a mother is developing the condition so more women are falling into the category and are "failing" that diabetes test. They did this to help better protect the baby.


Just cut back on your sugar intake now. I don't eat any refined/white sugars or sugar products while I am pregnant. I also completely cut out white flour products of ANY kind from my diet FOREVER because they are horrendous and just immediately turn to glucose in your body. They also offer NO nutritional value at all unless they are fortified with vitamins. Everything that I eat is WHOLE wheat or WHOLE grain. And since every thing is made in a whole wheat/grain version now a days its not hard to find. I think the whole wheat pastas are way more flavorful too than white/bleached flour pastas. So I don't miss it.

Also don't eat three large meals a day. Eat six small meals through your day instead.

So this means that you pick yourself up and dust yourself off emotionally and keep trucking along. Know that you did NOTHING wrong and there are easy ways to improve your glucose levels. I bought a diabetes meter and take my blood sugar two hours after every meal and when I wake up. The doctor wants to see it be below 120mg 2 hours after meals and below 100 (ideally as close to 95 as possible) when fasting.(when you wake up)

I record it all in a note book and the high risk doctor reviews it when I go in. So far I have been perfect and its been very easy with the steps I outlined above. They have not needed to give me insulin shots or anything yet so I will see what the future brings.

I have learned A LOTTTTT about this condition so pm me if you want to talk about it.

Most of all remember that you and your bean will be ok. This is just one more small hurdle in your quest for a baby.
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September 27th, 2012, 07:21 AM
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I agree.

This is no more your fault then it was anyones who develops diabities. It just happens.

Oft times there is no rhyme or reason.
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I know a lot of women who fail the initial test but pass the 3 hour...so dont get too upset over it! I know thats easier said than done but just try not to worry and cross the bridge when you get to it.
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September 27th, 2012, 07:39 AM
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Not your fault at all Meredith! You can not help how your body and insulin is responding to sugar. Especially since you didn't know. There could still be a good chance that you will do fine on the 3 hour test. Even if you do have it, you can still do the things you did before you will just have to either take insulin or modify your diet. I will pray for you and I am sure you will be just fine..
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September 27th, 2012, 07:56 AM
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Oh Honey! You're NOT a bad mom! Stop that now.

It's nothing you did. I know taking the three hour probably won't be a blast, but you'll pass that.

Don't be so hard on yourself. Hugs.
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September 27th, 2012, 08:03 AM
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Please don't blame yourself! There is no blame here, just something that develops during some pregnancies. This has nothing to do with your abilities as a mother. MsRK offered some wonderful information... I know you are full of emotion right now but try not to beat yourself up. Take the next step- the 3 hr test, and let those results guide you in the direction to best help the health of you and your baby.
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September 27th, 2012, 08:05 AM
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The best way of thinking in a situation like this was taught to me by my mommy growing up....she always says "There is no point in worrying, getting upset, or regrets. It is what it is and now all you can do is take care of it". So dont regret the cookie you ate or woery about the future trip u might not be able to take. It is what it is and you just have to take care of it and move on from here. Everything always turns out ok
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September 27th, 2012, 08:40 AM
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Thanks for the advice ladies, and thanks for the good information/kick in the pants Mrs.RK. It was just really jarring to get that news first thing this am and I just crumpled a bit.

Ironically today was the day I got my 4 week call through this Future Mom's program that I qualify for through my husband's job and insurance. I mostly just do it because some awesome refunds and coupons come your way at the end, but today was a good day to get the call because I spoke to the nurse a bit more about the test. She basically said that it's about how your body processes sugar and that it's hormone related not diet related at this point, but obviously you have to change your diet to help your body along if you do have gestational diabetes.

The three hour test is more extensive and allows them to monitor how you process sugar over those three hours to determine if you are a GD candidate. It kind of makes me think how useless the first test is since it's only an hour to process 50g of sugar and I might have just needed an extra hour and would have been fine, but then again a lot of women pass the 1 hour so offering 3 hour standard first time glucose tests would be sort of ridiculous for an OB office to try and control.

My appointment is on Tues, figured I would give myself a day or two to just deal with this emotionally and then start the 3 day diet you have to go on before taking the test (I'll start that diet Sat).

I know there are worse things to have, but I really really hope I don't have GD. I'm not afraid of the work involved if I do have it, I'm just really concerned about the baby's health and my future health and risk of diabetes in the future :/
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September 27th, 2012, 09:11 AM
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Just remember the 1 hour glucose test isn't always right, my doctor said we are doing the 3 hour and skipping the one hour because the one hour has to many false positives. Don't get down in the dumps wait for the 3 hour test, I bet it will come back normal
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September 27th, 2012, 09:48 AM
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Just because you failed the one hour doesn't mean you will fail the 3 hour. Did they have you fast? I know they say you don't have to fast, but I think not eating really helps your chances of passing. Hang in there and don't freak out until you know for sure of the final results.
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September 27th, 2012, 12:51 PM
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Hugs! I am really nervous about this test and I would be super upset if I failed too so I get that. But like the other mamas said it has nothing at all to do with your diet etc. It's just one of those things. I bet you'll pass the 3-hour anyway. If not though, you will be ok. This is why we do these tests, to be sure we do everything we can to ensure healthy babes at delivery, and you are doing an awesome job of making sure that happens. That makes you a great mama!
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September 27th, 2012, 01:31 PM
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Hugs! I am really nervous about this test and I would be super upset if I failed too so I get that. But like the other mamas said it has nothing at all to do with your diet etc. It's just one of those things. I bet you'll pass the 3-hour anyway. If not though, you will be ok. This is why we do these tests, to be sure we do everything we can to ensure healthy babes at delivery, and you are doing an awesome job of making sure that happens. That makes you a great mama!
Thanks for that and thanks to everyone. The more I read and calm down a bit, the more I realize that I could have eaten no candy or cookies and still gotten this. I'm not proud of how I have eaten all the time, but overall I've done a good job. I already eat almost everything whole grain or wheat, barely eat anything with white flour, and yes I've had too many cookies or maybe ice cream, but then I have backed off of set limits for myself in the future. It's hard when something is out of your control though.

I am going to try and work even more on my diet the next few days (I really was itching to make brownies with homemade chocolate frosting on top, but dang the threat of gestational diabetes really puts a buzzkill on that one). Then starting Sat I have to go on a modified diet to make sure I get 150 carbs and stuff and then I get tested on Tues.
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Are you on any type of medication? I only ask because with my last pregnancy, I failed the 1 hour test as well and had to take the three hour test and that one came out fine. I was told by a nurse that my thyroid pills can affect the test....didnt know that. I did not take my medication when I did the three hour one and I was fine. Weather or not your on medication, it's important for you to know, it's NOT your fault! I hope it all comes back normal
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Are you on any type of medication? I only ask because with my last pregnancy, I failed the 1 hour test as well and had to take the three hour test and that one came out fine. I was told by a nurse that my thyroid pills can affect the test....didnt know that. I did not take my medication when I did the three hour one and I was fine. Weather or not your on medication, it's important for you to know, it's NOT your fault! I hope it all comes back normal
Nothing that would affect it I don't think although I am going to bring up the medicated oral wash I have been on for teeth issues (I also have pregnancy related gingivitis-what the heck?!). I don't think that could do anything but I keep forgetting to tell the OB I am on it do it seems worth it to bring it up.
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Hey Meredith!!

I saw this post and wanted to pop in to tell you first... This has NOTHING to do with whether you have done something wrong or not. I developed gestational diabetes last pregnancy. And it looks like I am heading there this time too. (although this time I am just borderline because I knew I could develop it so I took steps to control my glucose levels)

But since I was sooo scared for the baby's health this time around I didn't eat ANYTHING bad. I didn't have sugary sweets. (Only a diet ginger ale now and again and fruit) I made sure that I got on the elliptical every single day.(at least when I wasn't near death w/ morning sickness) I didn't get NEAR any risky foods. And I still developed it. The doctor told me that there isn't much that you can do. Nothing you did or ate or eat causes gestational diabetes. I am 36 so that contributes to my chances of getting it. You just have to CONTROL it once you get it.

Here is the explanation of why some women develop it:

Pregnancy puts a high demand upon the kidneys and insulin resistance increases due to placental hormones.


Three percent of all pregnant women have gestational diabetes -- about 135,000 annually. Women who have a pregnancy after 35 are a bit more prone to development of this condition.


They also recently changed the parameters of when a mother is developing the condition so more women are falling into the category and are "failing" that diabetes test. They did this to help better protect the baby.


Just cut back on your sugar intake now. I don't eat any refined/white sugars or sugar products while I am pregnant. I also completely cut out white flour products of ANY kind from my diet FOREVER because they are horrendous and just immediately turn to glucose in your body. They also offer NO nutritional value at all unless they are fortified with vitamins. Everything that I eat is WHOLE wheat or WHOLE grain. And since every thing is made in a whole wheat/grain version now a days its not hard to find. I think the whole wheat pastas are way more flavorful too than white/bleached flour pastas. So I don't miss it.

Also don't eat three large meals a day. Eat six small meals through your day instead.

So this means that you pick yourself up and dust yourself off emotionally and keep trucking along. Know that you did NOTHING wrong and there are easy ways to improve your glucose levels. I bought a diabetes meter and take my blood sugar two hours after every meal and when I wake up. The doctor wants to see it be below 120mg 2 hours after meals and below 100 (ideally as close to 95 as possible) when fasting.(when you wake up)

I record it all in a note book and the high risk doctor reviews it when I go in. So far I have been perfect and its been very easy with the steps I outlined above. They have not needed to give me insulin shots or anything yet so I will see what the future brings.

I have learned A LOTTTTT about this condition so pm me if you want to talk about it.

Most of all remember that you and your bean will be ok. This is just one more small hurdle in your quest for a baby.
I was going to write the EXACT same thing! You are NOT bad mom! It has nothing to do with how much sugar you do or don't eat. There is likely nothing you could have done to change the outcome. It's all about how pregnancy effects your body and it's mechanics.

Pregnancy is an insulin resistant state. The reason for this is because some sugar needs to be retained in your blood to be passed to the baby to help fuel growth. Usually insulin keeps your sugar in-check, but during pregnancy, your insulin needs to be lower to allow your baby to get some sugar.

For some women, their body naturally produces even smaller than typical amounts of insulin, which can cause GD and it's related issues, especially with fetal growth (some women with GD have bigger babies because they are getting more sugar than is average).

Also keep in mind that false positives happen. Just because you "failed" the 1 hour test does not mean you have GD. If the one hour test was enough to diagnose it, there wouldn't be a three hour test. Having different levels of testing is all a process of narrowing down the women most likely to have GD.

Please don't beat yourself up. There is still a lot that's not known about GD: all the causes, all the triggers, all the risk factors, etc. Heck! You can have GD with one pregnancy and then not with the next. And there really doesn't seem to a whole lot of explanations at to why.

The fact that you are feeling bad is proof you are a GOOD mother! You want to do everything you can to ensure the best start for your baby. Bumps in the road happen... and it's okay to upset when they do. Just don't blame yourself! Vivi is lucky to have such a conscientious mommy!
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