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Posted 11 July 2013 - 02:51 PM
Kell-pea, did you have a proper growth scan or was that just a simple check from your OB? I think they can only really tell with a good ultrasound check, everything else is a bit guessing. Will your OB induce you earlier, given that he thinks you're 3 weeks ahead? But if you say that your glucose levels are always fine, then your baby has to be bigger for another reason, which might well be that it is just a genetic thing in your family as your OB suggested.
T-Ben, great to hear you don't have troubles with your after-meal readings. They are the ones worrying me, even though they are still fine, it makes me nervous sometimes if I eat something that I hadn't yet 'tested' and am not sure where it is going to put me. Luckily, lasagne wasn't a bad dish this week. It's a shocker though with that endocrinologist, they can't make you wait for months to get an appointment! Did you tell your OB about it and ask for another one?
Try not to worry too much about where it is going to end with the GD and your pregnancy, it makes it only more difficult. I totally understand you, but you never know, maybe you can just cruise along easily, maybe taking some overnight insulin but are fine otherwise? The up-side is that it forces you to keep active and have a healthy diet and that way you probably won't put on too much extra-weight that needs to be shed after the birth. Plus, the exercise might help you going through labour!? (that's what I hope anyway. Still going to the pool three times a week to do 800m and aim for a 30-40min walk every day after lunch)
Miss-KT Hi there! Did you really get checked for your fasting level at 6/7 weeks of your pregnancy? That is SO early, I've never heard about that before! Do you have a strong family history for diabetes or why did they do that? I'm also surprised they gave you the diagnosis of GD only after the fasting level, usually they do the glucose tolerance test (normally at about 25-28 weeks) and take that result as an indicator. I would say don't worry too much, especially at this early stage- a fasting level of 5.2 is not very high. They want you to be under 5, but I think the after-meal values are the more dangerous ones, when your levels can go up to 11 or higher if you eat the wrong things and have diabetes and I think that's what could be bad for the baby.
My fasting levels are usually pretty low (always below 4.0), and the after-meal ones in general below 6.0. That involves eating a lot of pearl barley though. I've noticed that rice, even brown rice, is rather bad, whereas pasta usually puts me to a solid 5.5. Pearl barley soup with vegies and chicken is great and generally gives me a 5.0 or lower. Just to give you guys some ideas, if you needed them.
Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:06 PM
No, I don't have any GD history (2 previous pregnancies) or any family history of diabetes. I was tested early with my last pregnancy too. My doctor does it with every one, apparently the hospital requires it now. This is why I am so confused, you would think with something like this it would be pretty standard across the board.
I think too, not to worry to much until the 28 week test & maybe just watch what I eat. I must admit I do like my rice, pasta. What is pearl barley?
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