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January 17th, 2011, 12:09 PM
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I have been very discouraged with my numbers lately. While they haven't been extremely high, I have had a lot of numbers out of range. At my 28 week appt she was concerned because of how many numbers I had out of range. I had only been checking my sugars twice a day because up to that point they had been decent. So I had to start checking 4 times a day again. I cracked down and my numbers started looking better. But since my 30 week appt they have become very difficult to keep in check. I've had some fasting numbers that were high and I hadn't had any problems with my fastings before. My after meals are driving me crazy. I already eat below the carb amount on my plan but have started cutting back even more. For lunch I had 20 g of carbs. I am allowed to have 45 according to my meal plan. My number was good - 124 but I cut my carbs by more than 1/2 to get it that way. I check at one hour after meals and my numbers should be under 140.

Are any of you eating less than the carb amount on your plan?

I am trying to eat a balanced diet but just trying to be ultra strict with the carbs. I really don't want to have to go on meds or insulin this time and I don't want to have to see a specialist or do non stress tests and stuff. I hate GD!
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January 17th, 2011, 09:22 PM
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I was told baby grows best by you eating carbs, your other calorie options are fat and protein, and babies don't grow well on those.

The amt of carbs you eat during the day aren't affecting your fasting glucs, your hormones and pancreas are doing that on their own. By not eating enough, your liver is throwing out too many stored sugars during the night and bringing your fasting glucs up, your body can't live on fat and muscle.

I don't know what to day, I know gd sucks, this is my 2nd pg, 2nd with gd, and I started insulin at 5 weeks this time to avoid burning out my pancreas too soon--do I like it? No, but I only have to do this another 29 weeks

Talk to your doc and dietician ((hugs))
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January 18th, 2011, 10:03 AM
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That's kind of what I thought. I think I have a little leeway because I know there are some moms on my ddc that have a lower carb meal plan than I do. I am trying to play with the types of carbs I eat and adding more protein to my meals. I have been dealing with this since early in my pregnancy too but so far have been able to manage without meds.
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January 18th, 2011, 04:16 PM
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I found with my first one that changing your carbs around may actually cause more issues with the variances. Staying consistent so your body can regulate is the best. It was increasingly difficult as my pregnancy went on to keep my numbers with in range, I just started walking more frequently after meals for even just 10-15 minutes straight and it helped for some reason to get my numbers where they needed to be. I made it through without meds but I was lucky... this time who knows if I'll make it or not! I haven't had any issues and have been testing myself on and off just to check. My dr said because I am watching in and was borderline last time that I am not doing a glucose screen until my 24 wk appt.
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January 18th, 2011, 08:02 PM
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I tried doing the same thing in the beginning out of frustration with my numbers. My Diabetes nurse and Dietitian both told me that you just really can't do that. It deprives the baby of vital carbs that he/she needs to grow properly.
I'm due on Monday, and have gained really good control of my numbers now, but I did have to force myself to eat enough carbs once I knew the ramifications!
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January 22nd, 2011, 07:19 PM
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I'm doing that a lot, too, and my numbers are still high. I'm so frustrated and stressed right now.
I hate this.
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January 22nd, 2011, 07:43 PM
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Sophielee.
It won't work. Just let the insulin help you out and stick to your diet plan.
I know it's hard but once you accept that you need the insulin and the whole GD idea..it does get so much better.


Linda

Oops! I just saw in another post that you're not on insulin! Sorry about that!
I didn't want it either...not at all. But I did everything I could through diet and it just wasn't helping enough.

I hope you can avoid the insulin, but if you can't it's really OK. It's scary though!
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