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Looking for some help from some experienced mamas. I was diagnosed exactly one week ago at 25 weeks with Gestational Diabetes after failing the 1 hr test with a 205. OB skipped the 3 hr and immediately had me start testing and documenting, met with a dietitian and then an RN and will see my OB 2 weeks from today and be able to give her 3 weeks worth of numbers to look at and see where we go from there. I've been doing great with the diet, most of the time my blood sugar is under 100 2hrs post meal, and they want it to be under 120. However, the issue is my FBS. They want it under 95, and it's usually around 90 but it's been 97, 96 and today 95 for 3 out of the 6 days I've tested FBS. Last night I ate 1/2 a peanut butter sandwich before going to bed, then I decided to check it in the middle of the night to see if my sugar was getting high, and at 3:30am it was 82. I woke up at 8:00am and it is 95.
Is there even anything I can do about this? I know my FBS isn't that bad, but it's only going to get worse and I'd like to do whatever I can to stay off meds. Thanks for any experience or advice.
Eat more snack at night. If it was 82 at 3:30, and then 95 when you woke up, then the sandwich wasn't enough to keep you going all night. Your body got hungry and released sugars in the night. For some reason chicken nuggets work really well as a before bed snack for me, maybe they would work the same magic for you, LOL.
On the other hand, 97, 96 and 95 are really fantastic fasting sugars anyhow, you are doing a great job! And you are right, get it before it creeps up even more.
You are still pretty early though, and they will get harder to control farther in the pregnancy, if you end up on meds don't fret to much, its the placenta's fault not yours.
you might be going too long without eating too. Try to eat your night time snack and not go longer then 8 hours with out testing. I also liked to give myself a a good 20 minutes to wake up before testing too. A spoonful oh Cinnamon before bed and make suer your prenatels have Chromium in them. some do and some dont, but it helps with sugars a ton. Fastings are the hardest to control...not predictable either. However after 35 weeks they seem to mellow out a bit. Good luck!
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Thanks! I will try eating more of a snack before bedtime, then test again in the middle of the night to make sure I'm back to normal, and then try testing right before I eat my breakfast rather than first thing after I wake up, and see if that helps. Thanks so much for the advice. I feel like my diabetes educator wasn't very helpful with advice about this, and I know my Dr. is going to be picky about this.
Somehow eating three tablespoons of plain joghurt at around 3am worked wonders for me. I also tested at around 4am once or twice, the increase in blood sugar was OK but the morning numbers dropped to "normal".