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June 21st, 2010, 01:15 PM
KimberlyAnn327's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I failed the one hour GTT so I had to go do the 3 hour. I was told that I just barely passed it. I failed the fasting test (it was 100) and one of my other ones was a few points (like less than 5 I think) within the failing mark. It was close. They didn't tell me to do anything special but I'm wondering if I should anyway since I came so close to failing.
I'm also wondering if my baby will be on the bigger side. Until this pregnancy, I always passed the 1 hour test. My biggest baby was 8 lbs, 6 oz (at 40w5d) and they checked his sugar after he was born since he was a little on the big side. All of his levels were normal.
So I'm wondering if I should change my diet, and if so, how? And should I be expecting a bigger than normal baby? TIA!

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June 21st, 2010, 03:05 PM
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I don't have an answer, but I am sure one of the ladies who is more familiar with GD will be able to help you out!

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June 21st, 2010, 07:01 PM
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Hi, I'm Rebecca and I have Type 1 diabetes. I'm not a doctor but if I were you I would modify your diet. It's not very hard, it's good for you anyway, and it might help. Here is some info to get you started:

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June 27th, 2010, 03:11 PM
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With my first pregnancy I was boarder line when I took the 3 hour test.. But in the end I did have GD.. I would ask your doctor if you can monitor your blood sugars.. Just to be on the safe side.. Maybe they'll have you check in the morning (hormones are the highest then) and maybe after a meal.. This would give you a piece of mind..

And just because you have GD, don't mean you will have big babies.. My dd was 6 lbs 14 'oz's and my son was 7 lbs 13 oz's, my kids were born 39 weeks and 2 days..

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July 4th, 2010, 07:56 AM
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I agree with Adriana. I had it with my first and she was 7.15. I passed with 1 point with my second and she was 7.5. I still think I had it, though, due to the amount of weight I gained in my 3rd trimester (28 lbs) and she wasn't big to me. Often the GD can still kick in after the actual test date and they don't usually retest us. I'm surprised they didn't raise an eyebrow with the fasting level but I wont' pretend to understand doctors. I guess if it had been over 110 they would have said something.

I didn't think your sons weight was very big especially for being a week late. I thought the concern came with babies over 9 pounds which still doesn't indicate GD. I have a friend who both of her boys weighed close to 10 pounds! She didn't have GD with either and even passed the 1 hour test with flying colors. She and her family members just have big babies.

I enjoy the GD diet but I don't like watching the clock all day and pricking my finger. But I do feel good with the lowered carbs and the small meals. I eat 6-8 times a day and I've lost almost 6 pounds. Not that losing is the goal when pregnant but my doctors are fully aware of the weight loss.

I hope you figure out what works best! Doctors can be frustrating and sometimes we need to follow our gut instinct!
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July 5th, 2010, 11:37 PM
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Honestly, I would watch the diet. I really like the book "The Insulin-Resistance Diet" by Cheryl R. Hart and Mary Kay Grossman which I found at library. My cousin was also diagnosed as borderline and was told to just watch what she eats. She has gained much more than I (I'm at 24 lbs and due in 18 days) and now they are concerned about her baby's size. At my ultrasound 1.5 weeks ago, mine is only 5 pounds, 10 ounces. So the diet with a little help from gluburide has worked. I am carrying excess amniotic fluid, a high normal, which pretty much occurred before my diagnosis, so I look like I'm carrying a bigger LO than I am, but baby is at 55th percentile.
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