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hi ladies, my name is liz and it looks like i will be joining you! i'm pregnant with my first and am due Oct 5th. i just got diagnosed with GD and still don't know what to think. i have my first appointment with a specialist and dietician on tuesday. guess hopefully i'll have a better understanding after that appointment.
anyhow ... more about me
liz 32 married to craig 35 and have two step boys D 17 and Coby 9 and my furbaby siberian husky luke who is 6. i live in san diego, ca and work in sales. this is my first pregnancy and we're expecting a little girl Rowan Elyssa.
question # 1 ... am i going to starve to death?
question # 2 ... is there anything yummy to eat?
lol ... i have my first appointment on tuesday with the specialist, until then i'm just kinda going off of what i've found online which is pretty boring ... especially when a burger and fries sounds quick and yummy.
i am just hoping my family actually supports me with the diet and doesn't make it harder for me by loading the cupboards up with junk food.
No you're not going to starve to death lol. You have to count your carbs so it forces you to eat a healthier (if you don't already) diet. When the nutritionist came and talked to me she said I can have anything i want I just have to always check the carb labels and count the carbs. Always have a snack handy, they say to eat a snack 2 hours after your meal..so after breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and that bedtime snack is important to get you through the night so you're not starving yourself in the morning and so your sugar doesn't drop.
now i'm a little bit different because I am in the hospital and they are limiting my food so I personally am very very frustrated with this whole thing because in a sense the meal portions they bring me now...let me just say that my 2 year old could eat it all..it's not that it's that small it's that it's definatley not enough for a pregnant mommy. So one suggestion I will make is depending on what you have for lunch, say a turkey and cheese sandwhich..you will have the carbs and if you have like crackers of somesort you will have carbs with those but if that's not enough, have a small salad with lunch. The hospital has completely cut out all types of juices, sweets, anything of that sorts but my dietician said I can have the sugars we just have to be very careful so if you are going to have something sweet, just don't make it alot.
When you meet with your nutritionist/specialist, have a list of questions to ask, they may come up with a game plan specific to your situation so some of what I am telling you may change but I'm just giving some ideas of what I've been told. There are alot of ladies here on the board who have GD and can help with questions, suggestions, ask in your DDC. Good luck!
and you can have a burger and fries...just make it a small fry i had a friend bring that in to me last night..yummy
Thank you! I see the specialist next week and am looking forward to having a better idea. I really apreciate the advice. Hope everything goes well for your pregnancy! I noticed that we are only a couple weeks apart.
no problem and im still learning too about this whole thing so we can vent our frustrations and share our tips together good luck at the specialist and let me know how it goes.
Yup we are a few weeks apart but I won't make it to full term, the longest they will let me go is 34 weeks which will start august 13th so if i don't deliver on my own or they don't have to go get him, they will induce then. what are you having?
No, you won't starve The nutritionist will go over your daily goals regarding your target number of calories/carbs/proteins/fats/etc--honestly, I have trouble packing in everything they want me to eat A couple of major things they want to teach you is to spread out your carbs evenly throughout the day--the carbs are what will make your blood sugar spike so spreading them out helps keep your levels more even. They will most likely also tell you to pair those carbs with foods that will help slow down their breakdown--protein and veggies (such as a salad) work wonders And evenly spaced meals and snacks are pretty important, too--again, to keep those blood sugar levels even throughout the day. Even if you don't feel hungry at snacktime, its a good idea to nibble something to make sure you stay on track.
And burgers and fries work, too, if you are smart about it When you buy buns, checks the labels and go for one lower in carbs--usually whole wheat will be better but some of those whole grain ones have tons of carbs so definitely check the label. Watch your portion size on the fries. And pair your burger and fries with a salad (or at least pile on the veg on the burger itself--it will help keep your numbers in a good range for your testing after you eat
And desserts can still work, too--I had ice cream last night and it didn't affect my numbers at all. I just cut out a carb serving at dinner and made sure my portion of ice cream was small enough to still "fit" into the fifteen grams of carb I had left for that meal
this is my second time with GD so I'm kinda already in the rhythm of things this time around and once you get in the habit of choosing things to fit your meal plan, its a lot easier
Sorry about the GD. The frequent testing and later on when the numbers start to get harder to control are the worst parts. I am pregnant with my first as well and was really shocked when I got slammed with the GD diagnosis. I didn't believe it at first. You certainly won't starve, lol - in fact, if you are anything like me, you will get sick of eating all the time! My meals are nearly all 2 hours apart and are like this: breakfast, lunch, snack, snack, dinner, snack. I live and die by the clock - my husband laughs because he feels like all I do is eat. Ironically though I have lost some poundage, which I think is an accomplishment for any pregnant woman, especially in the third trimester. I actually really enjoy the diet and plan to keep it in place after my son is born.
I know a few other ladies said they can handle fries - but potatos/fries tends to spike my blood sugar levels, even if I eat within my carb range, so really really watch your portions. You will get to know what kinds of foods affect you adversely as you get used to checking your blood sugars. Everyone is different.
I still have trouble with my fasting blood sugar level. My doctor put me on insulin and has up the dosage twice and still it does NOTHING for my fasting blood sugar levels. My daily levels are always great though (unless I go overboard on something, which happens).
Like the other ladies have said, take a list of questions with you. I personally think it is a better way to eat. I always had kind of a weird relationship to food, and I really liked going to a nutritionist and being told how and when to eat. I find that I never binge anymore and I am never, ever hungry. So for me, I have gotten some positive out of this.
Me (27) DH (37) #1...is here!!...It's a boy!! Ridge Garrett 07/27/2011
wow, thanks for all the responses and the motivation. my appointment is in the morning and i'm excited to finally have a good idea of what's up with this GD business. i'm not really excited about testing myself or having to pre-plan food. i'm really bad about eating on schedule because of my job, but guess i just have to try harder or set an alarm on my phone.
bowlingbabe: i'm having a girl, Rowan Elyssa. What are you having?
With my second son, I had a job that made it a bit hard to eat at the same times every day so I had the doc write a note and gave them info on GD so that I could schedule snacks/meals at the right times They also learned very quickly that if they didn't cover my spot so I could go into the bathroom, I would test right there at my desk where customers could see me
I use the alarm on my phone to remind me when to test/eat
thanks! i saw the specialist yesterday. i guess my fasting #'s were REALLY wacky and they are pretty sure they'll have me on medication by the end of the week. i'm following my diet and testing and my #'s are great except in the morning (tested 109 this morning). i feel a little bit better with all the advice from you ladies and after talking to the specialist. i really appreciate the advice.
i hope things go well for you too bowlingbabe, sorry to hear you're having the stay in the hospital.
My fasting numbers SUCK also!! They have never been under control. Mine were slightly high at first just like yours, but as time has gone on they have slowly creeped higher...I am on insulin in the evenings only(I refused to take Glyburide - I am not a medicine person and after the research I did on it there are far too few studies on pregnant women for my taste) and my doctor has adjusted the number of units I take TWICE and my fastings still aren't under control. Apparently, that is very very normal. I had issues with my job letting me eat when I needed to as well. Hopefully you will have good luck getting your associates to understand!
Me (27) DH (37) #1...is here!!...It's a boy!! Ridge Garrett 07/27/2011