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5/15/11 2:09 P

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That's funny I currently have it and have to test 2hours after and be under 120 or 1hour after and be under 140. My problem isn't my post meals. It is my fastings I can't get them under 95. They just increased my glyburide to 2x a day hope that helps soon. I was dx at 18 weeks so still have 4 almost 5 months to go. Uggh. I don't want to go on insulin.

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I had it with my Son and know I will this time too, I already told Doc I'm not drinking that nasty stuff and testing again. ;) I have a blood sugar tester and I will monitor it myself , use Sparks tracker and follow a diabetic nutrition plan as I did before!

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5/10/11 1:15 A

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I failed the two-hour test (a new test that replaces the one- and three- hour tests) on April 27th. I got started on the GD diet last Wednesday and it's kicking my butt.

This is my third time with GD, and they've gone and changed the glucose requirements on me. During my previous two pregnancies (5 and 10 years ago), I had to test 2 hours after each meal and get under 120. It was super easy both times to control my GD with diet only. Now I have to test one hour after each meal and still get 120. I'm really struggling this time around to control my sugars. I'm still testing foods to find the right balance. I'm really hoping to avoid meds, so I'm getting super strict with my carb intake and exercising after every meal. The next 2 months are gonna stink.

(BTW...I'm due July 19)

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5/6/11 10:42 A

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I somehow managed to pass the 3 hour! Yay! However, sadly, I have used that as an excuse to eat lots of junk food!

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5/5/11 11:36 P

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Good luck on the follow up test. My ob didn't have me do a follow up test. I was 180 on the 1hr and bam was diagnosis. I test 4x a day sometimes extra. Following the gd diet. Starting on glyberide as soon as I pick up at pharmacy tomorrow. The periontologist wants me to gain 0 weight but I am not going to stress over it. I am going to eat healthy and do what I can do and take it from there. I hated the 3 hour makes me sick as a dog so would rather test 4x a day then do it again did with my son.

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4/1/11 9:50 A

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The follow up test is next Tuesday. I am making my husband go with me this time. And I will go lay down in my car between blood draws if I am feeling so bad again.

Ironically, I was back in a room for my regular checkup and was laying on my side on the little table before the Dr. came in, and I felt crappy but not too bad. It was when she had me lay on my back so that she could measure my belly and check the heartbeat that I got seriously nauseous.

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4/1/11 9:08 A

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Oh wow! I'm just catching up on all of this...I'm with you - why in the world would they make you take it again? Why not just have you do the at-home testing to see where your glucose levels are throughout the day and forget the test?!? I've been testing myself like crazy (prescribed to 4 times per day, 4 days per week but I add a few more in b/c I like to see how my body is reacting to different combinations of foods). It's the best way to see what your sugar levels are doing...at this point, why deal with the test? It's probably something with insurance that they need that result to get them to cover if you need insulin shots or meds...things like this always seem to come back to money! I'm so sorry that it went so poorly for you. I hope the anti-nausea meds help you next time. Did they have a place you could lay down? I know I kept thinking "if I could just LAY DOWN I'd feel better" but they just plopped me out in the waiting room with everyone coming in for their regular gyno check-ups.

I've also heard that some drs will let you eat like 18 jelly beans (or something like that) instead of drinking the glucose drink. Maybe that'd be easier to tolerate since you've now got such a negative association with the drink? If they'd let you...

When do you have to take this follow up test?

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3/31/11 10:05 A

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Last night it occurred to me that the reason they are most likely making me take it again, is because I first failed the 1-hour test, I gained 2 pounds a week from weeks 18 - 27, and I am suddenly as of yesterday's visit measuring ahead. (I was 28W 5D and was measuring at 30 weeks). At all my other visits I was measuring right on.

I am not concerned about measuring ahead though, because I realized something. Ever since I got the news that I failed my 1hour and was going to have to take the 3 hour, I have been very careful in my eating practices. I cut out fast food and most processed/refined carbs. Of course, I needed to replace those calories and upped my protein consumption by quite a bit.

It occurred to me that many of the ladies in my mommy groups over at babyfit who are carrying multiples or are at risk for pre-term birth, or who are measuring behind are told to up their protein intake to help increase the baby's weight.

Another interesting side effect to my healthier diet is that I have lost 4 pounds in the past 2 weeks. I obviously am not trying to. I listen to my body and eat whenever I am hungry. I would worry, but obviously little Avery is growing just fine!

They are going to give me an anti-nausea med to take before the next test, so maybe that will help...but I am still seriously dreading it!

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3/30/11 6:32 P

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I wonder if my midwife would just pretend like I failed & not make me take it....
I don't enjoy eating any kind of sugar as is. I feel like crap after & it doesn't sit well in me. I have actually gotten sick from the sugar in Gatorade when I've had more than a few sips so I can't imagine drinking the GD test drink. YUCK!

Why in the heck are they making you take it again??? Is it seriously that important to have a test result for their records? Doctors! Geesh!

I'm sorry that you had to go through all of that!

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The test did not go well! I don't have words to describe how truly awful it was! The worst part, I threw up 6 times right in the middle of it, and am going to have to do it again!! I want to cry! I want to tell them, look just treat me like I failed it, eating GD diet is healthy, and I should be doing it anyway!

I tried to convince them to let me try another 1 hour, but they refused. Instead they are going to make me take some kind of anti-nausea medicine and try again.

It kind of irks me, because obviously my body thinks that much sugar at one time is poison and needs to be removed as soon as possible!!

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3/29/11 6:57 A

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I drove myself and it was about 25 minutes away from my house. I didn't feel great by any means but not so bad that I couldn't drive. It just wipes you out. I had taken some work with me to do in the waiting room and couldn't focus enough to get anything accomplished...plus the reading (real book reading as opposed to magazine browsing) made me feel more sick. I slept a lot in the afternoon. As far as work goes, I'd say it depends on what kind of work you do and the flexibility you have. I knew I could make up hours on the weekend so it was easier for me to just come home and crash. If I'd HAD to go in, I probaby could've plugged through...I just wouldn't have liked it! I just don't think I would've done much more than be present enough to say I was there...definiately would've have qualified as my best working day - lol!

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3/28/11 12:53 P

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BEAUTIFULYLIVED ~ My 3 hour test is on Wednesday, starting at 9 in the morning. I was planning on going back to work that afternoon. I was also planning to go alone, but the Dr's office is in another town, 45 minutes away. You think I'll be OK to drive? My husband works nights, so I hate to ask him to sit there for 3 hours which is for him in the middle of the night!

l am me ~ They usually do the 1 hour test around week 28. Unless you have a family history of diabetes, or are overweight, they might do it earlier then.

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3/27/11 8:54 P

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When do they normally do the glucose test??
My midwife waits until the end of the current appointment to tell me what to expect at my next appointment AFTER I ask! Grrrr....
Drives me nuts! LOL


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3/27/11 8:03 A

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Everything I read says you can't do anything one way or the other to change the outcome of the test so from what I can tell you have nothing to feel guilty about. :) Actually, being insulin resistant might have been what caused you to fail the 1 hour test in the first place. I'm on a pregnancy site and have heard of TONS of people passing the 3 hour after they failed the 1 hour.

When do you do the 3 hour? Be prepared - it makes you feel pretty badly. I thought I'd be able to go back to work that afternoon and ended up just going home and crashing!! The second hour was the worst for me. Oh, and take something to keep you occupied. You're just at the mercy of the lab's magazine offerings for 3 hours if not! ;)

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3/24/11 10:07 A

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I just got the call that I failed my 1-hour test last week, and so of course, now have to take the 3 hour test. I'm also a bit anemic and so they have to put me on more iron.

I wasn't surprised about failing the test, but I was disappointed and a bit guilty. I knew that it was a chance. I knew that I should be very diligent once they took me off my medication, but life gets in the way and sometimes it's easier to just eat whatever.

On the bright side, I already know how to eat, because of my insulin resistance, and of course, there is always the chance that I might pass the 3 hour test. The 5 days before the 1 hour test was after my Mom's transplant, and we lived on fast food for 3 meals a day.

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3/21/11 7:09 A

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Just giving up sugar alone has me wanting to ensure I do everything in my power to avoid being a diabetic - I imagine needles would make that goal even more determined!!

How nice that the wrist bands are helping! I had nausea that could go all day but I was able to control it pretty well by eating every 2 hours or so. And like you said, really listening to my body and eating what sounded good no matter how odd. I got to a point where the only thing I could count on was pizza (which is what my mom craved when she was pregnant with me which I think is interesting). The nausea seemed to end around week 14 or 15 and it definitely started to taper off before that. Though, the tapering was almost trickier b/c I'd think I was fine, I'd slack on eating every 2 hours, then get a wave of nausea out of the blue. Here's hoping you don't have the nausea the entire time. At least, like you said, it is rare so most likely you won't have it. ;)

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3/19/11 9:58 A

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The needles don't hurt, so that's not a big deal. I just don't like doing it, and it sure makes me want to ensure I don't become a diabetic outside of pregnancy. Checking blood sugars and administering insulin via needles on a daily basis is just no way to live!

Oh my... a tray of Reese's Eggs?! *drool* My son (3 years old) is allergic to nuts, so we have to be very careful about what comes into the house, especially in the way of chocolate and treats, which he adores. LOL So, this will help me at special occasions, such as Easter, as my favourite goodies include peanut butter or nuts. At least you now have something further to look forward to after the arrival of your little one.

My morning sickness is just nausea, but it's been all day, every day. It started off randomly before I even got a positive pregnancy test. That was a result of eating foods that weren't agreeable. Then, once the 6 week mark came, it became all the time. It's strange, because what sits well and seems appealing one day, changes the next. It makes it hard to plan meals. Earlier this week, out of desperation, I purchased some anti-nausea wrist bands. There's a ball in them that press on a pressure point that is supposed to help ease nausea. I have to say, it's helped a lot. I don't feel as miserable, and don't find myself having the severe nausea after I eat (as long as I listen to my body about what it wants and doesn't want). So, I find that as long as I eat every 2 or so hours, to not let myself get too hungry, that I feel good enough. It's not totally gone, but is definitely a big improvement from before I wore the bands.

I didn't have morning sickness when I was pregnant with my son, so I don't know when I can expect it to lift. From what I've been reading online from other women who had morning sickness, there's no set week that it goes away, as it varies for everyone. I am strongly hoping it vanishes at the 12 week mark. If not, then I VERY strongly hope that I'm not one of those rare ones who feels sick the entire pregnancy.

Did you have morning sickness? If so, how bad was it and when did it go away?

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3/19/11 8:38 A

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I'm not too crazy about the finger pricking so I can't imagine giving myself a shot! ;) I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that you can beat the numbers this time with diet alone! We can commiserate together on the loss of sugar! :( Especially here at Easter...my favorite holiday for candy! lol! My mom said she'd gotten me a tray of the Reese's eggs for Easter and when I told her about GD we decided that she'll hold it and save it as a delivery present! Haha!

Is your morning sickness bad? Do you get sick a lot or just nausea? Is it in the morning or all day? You're getting close to the home stretch on that, right? ;)

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3/18/11 11:05 A

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If you can manage it through diet and exercise alone, that would be awesome! I had GD in my first pregnancy, and was diagnosed at 28 weeks. I followed the GD meal plan relatively easily, but it was my first-morning reading that I couldn't get quite low enough. As a result, I had to take insulin shots up until I delivered. I hated pricking my fingers multiple times daily, and especially sticking a needle into me each day.

I really don't want to go through it again this time, but because I had it in my first pregnancy and am still much overweight, I am almost guaranteed to have it again. Once eating isn't such a challenge (still dealing with first trimester morning sickness), I will be pulling out the GD eating plan and following that prior to my testing. With any luck, changing my diet and exercise before testing might help reduce my chances of getting it again. Fingers crossed! All in all, I was fortunate in my first pregnancy to have a very healthy little boy who was not over-sized, and that is all that matters. Thankfully, this is only 12 weeks.

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3/18/11 7:40 A

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So a big risk factor of having GD is that you are already overweight which, I'm guessing, makes this a concern for many of the mommies-to-be on this board. So if you're dealing with it: At what point in your pregnancy were you diagnosed with it and how are you managing it (diet, exercise, meds, shots)? And if you're worried about it: what risk factors are you facing (had GD in a previous pregnancy, overweight, family history of diabetes) and are you making any diet/exercise changes before you find out?

I was diagnosed with it last week during my 27th week and am just now beginning to track my glucose readings and follow the diet plan this week. So far the doctor feels it can be managed with diet & exercise and my readings so far have been pretty good. Though, just barely being a week in, I'm already trying to figure out a good ice cream substitute that doesn't involve artificial sweetners - is there such a thing?!!? ;)

I think the biggest thing that's shocked me is well, two things: 1) just how much sugar there is in EVERYthing and 2) how much I had in my diet before without thinking much of it. It's been a rude awakening this week! My first trimester exhaustion has returned with a vengance but what I really think is going on is that I'm coming off of sugar! I'm crashing! It's a good thing though. And since I've only got less that 12 weeks to go, I'm going with the mantra: I can do anything for 12 weeks!!

Anyone else in the same boat?

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