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sorry I've been a little MIA... it was DH's days off the last two days and we were just out nearly the whole days... then on top of it, today ive been sooo nauseated!!
I didn't post yet about the GD (gestational diabetes) as i had the appointment on Thurs, one of DH's days off.... but anyways i got all my machine and junk for this BS diagnosis.. i still don't believe i have it, though it does run on my dads side of the family.. when i mentioned about the tea to the nurse, one of three specialists I had to see, she thought it was strange i wasnt asked to fast. but then tells me it wouldnt have mattered anyways because the test, tests for the 3 months prior. Eh okay... does my body have some sort of track record that it keeps that i had no idea about? 2nd, i dont have diabetes not pregnant.. so how would this test found in my supposed track record that i had high blood sugars prior!?
well so i have to do this pricking my finger crap 4 times a day, im supposed to call in my numbers for every day, once a week... since i have started it on Thursday.. i have NOT changed my diet in ANY way.. im still eating exactly the things i was eating before.. (which im supposed to be on a carb diet, it's nearly the atkins diet) and not one of my numbers have been high, they have all been within normal range, closer to the beginning of the normal range than on the higher side of the normal range.. and im going to keep doing this for the week.. when the nurse calls me about my results im going to tell he i didnt change my diet at all.. this is BS!
So they must have tested what is a hemoglobin A1c. it is an average blood sugar over a 3 month period. Your body is constantly making red blood cells and everytime it makes a red blood cell it basically has a way of stamping on it what your blood sugar was at that time that it was made, kind of hard to explain but anyways your red blood cells in your body last about 3 months before they die so they are able to test the red blood cells and average all the "stamped" blood sugar readings to find out what your average blood sugar was over the 3 month period. Are you testing your blood sugar after meals too? Some people can have excellent fasting blood sugars but after a meal their body takes longer to process their sugar so their blood sugar is higher in their body. Checking before each meal and before bed may not pick this up as you have processed all your sugar but a hemoglobin A1c will pick this up as blood cells are made at all times of the day.
yeah every check is 1 hour after each meal, except for the one in the morning.. which is supposed to be done 10 hours after fasting for the night.. so if i have my last snack at 1-2am (which is usually before i go to bed).. then at 11-12 i have to test again... i eat at about 12pm being my breakfast 1 hour after that, i test.. then lunch one hour after that, then again 1 hour after dinner... so yes each test is 1 hour after i eat a meal except for the 1st test.... it wouldnt make much sense to test prior to a meal lol!
so with testing one hour after a meal none of my numbers have been over the normal range.. yesterday i even had 2 mini pizzas that are 35gms of carbs in EACH.. so i ate a total of 70gms.. and my blood sugar an hour later was only 111..most of my meals are fairly smaller in carbs.. which is my NORMAL eating habit, which hasnt changed since i was.. 17 years old lol.. and my blood sugar then is around 80-96
but if that test is testing for 3 months prior for the average of what my blood sugar is.. wouldnt make sense as it shouldnt be high since i don't have diabetes when not pregnant..
i can understand this test, being tested so early.. but at the same time.. the reason they test it so early is because they were finding when they tested at 20weeks.. people would have GD full blown, which makes sense as well... but i think it should only be tested so early when you have prior history of it.. because i really don't think i have GD.. the nurse was shocked as well that i've had 2 pregnancy and have no had it before, but do now..
the cut off point for this test was if your 5.6 and lower, your fine.. if your 5.7 and above, you have GD... i fell RIGHT onto 5.7 .. i JUST hit the borderline and i really blame it all on the tea lol.. when they told me "well it doesnt matter what you drank that day because it tests 3 months prior"... i've been drinking tea like an alcoholic drink's alcohol since i was younger, i did it with each one of my pregnancies before
DH claims that I never had GD with my past pregnancies. (I would agree with him) My numbers were never high either. Even after eating a funnel cake that I splurged and let me have since I was so good with myeating on a regular basis. The morning I took the one hour test they did not tell me to fast and I had a cold and took pregnancy safe cold meds right before as well as I was drinking carbonated water that ended up being practically nothing but sugar. (Did not know this until after I got my results then I looked at what I did prior to the test.) I did quit drinking that water. My one hour test came back so high they told me that they were going to just go ahead and diagnose me with GD and sent me to the nutritionist so I could eat better for my GD. When I got to the nutritionist she asked me why I was there. I told her that I had GD. Then she told me that they could not diagnose me with GD for just my one hour test results coming back high. Especially since my A1C number came back perfect. She told me to go back and demand the 3 hour test. She went over the GD diet because I asked her to any ways. I changed my diet (Just in case) and never requested the 3hour test. (To be honest, I didn't want to have the GD removed because it was one of the reasons I was getting to go to the Maternal Fetal Medicine (High risk dr). I loved gong to those appointments because I was getting 3D/4D ultrasounds every 4 weeks!! I did not want to give that up.
I am eating the DG diet now. But only because when I had my son I weighed less than I did when I got pregnant. (15 lbs less!) So now I am eating that way so that I can weight less when baby is born again.
I would agree with you! You probably don't have GD. I would demand for the 3 hour test!
Last edited by rhill4455; May 27th, 2012 at 06:47 AM.
Yep, they tested your Hemoglobin A1c. That would give them a picture of your sugars over the past three months. Normal range is usually up to about 5.8 so that does seem pretty borderline. Better safe than sorry though.
Kate, mom to Liliana (7) Greyson (4) and Ainsley 17 months
I still think it's crazy that they diagnosed you without doing a 3 hour fasting test first. I had GD last time but I wasn't diagnosed until after the 3 hour test. I defintely had it because I had to take medication to keep my blood sugar down even after sticking to a very strict diet and walking everyday. This time, I will be tested early at my next appointment in on June 13, but even then I will have to take a 3 hour if I fail the first one.
i am not sure if i will even have to do the normal 1 hr and 3 hr test... i know i dont have it when im fasting, as i have to test for that every morning before eating breakfast like i explained.. my levels are always 88-89 first thing in the morning after a 10 hr fasting..
it's completely annoying the crap out of me, because now that in im this program, i have to see three specialists at each appointment, and one of them is a social worker.. and when i hear social worker, im thinking CPS.. but she explained to me there being many different types of social workers but none the less she is still obligated to "turn me in"... so im afraid if i bullcrap my way through, or refuse to do this BS, that i'd be turned into CPS for some stupid reason, not that i have anything to worry about other than if it makes me look like im neglecting my unborn baby but then that also puts my name on the record and i dont want it! having to see a social worker made me VERY uncomfortable because ive always ever known that social workers mean your in trouble, i just don't like the idea of it at all!
Wow! I never had to see a social worker. With one pregnancy I had to see my ob and then an endocriniologist a few times once I was put on insulin to make sure my dosage was correct. With my last pregnancy, I was on oral meds and only saw my ob more frequently and had weekly biophysical profiles at the end. He did say if I went on insulin, I'd also have to see the endo. This time, I'm checking my fastings which are the ones I have the most trouble with and my ob wants me to spot check my sugar 2hrs after meals every now and then unless they start getting higher. Those usually don't go up until later for me and with Natalie it was usually only if I ate something I shouldn't have. I'm not doing the 1hr or 3hr since I'm already checking my sugar and following the diet.
Tammy, mommy to:
Jessica(18), Daniel(17), Anna(14), Kaylee(12), Emily(10), Alyssa(9), Eli(8), Nathan(6), Natalie(5), Bethany(3), and Ainsley(1)
yeah the social worker makes me nervous.. but she said shes just there to make sure that the mothers dont get depressed or anything like that... like she asked me how my family was doing with Hunter not being DH's bio son.. im like.. ***?! she's basically there as a therapist per se... but the name "social worker" to me still means shes looking out for any negligence and that makes me nervous if i refuse this program that i would get reported for neglecting my unborn child, it makes me very uncomfortable