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Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:25 PM
I'm 32 weeks and have recently been diagnosed with GD. So far (10 days in!) I'm managing it pretty well - only 1 or 2 high readings in the first few days, but nothing in the past 6 days. My diabetic educator and dietician are really happy with my results, so fingers crossed it stays this way!
I've been very "strict" on myself so far, not wanting to deviate or push my dietary suggestions etc, making sure to check my levels 2 hours after my meals, not eat anything else in that time...
But with it being Christmas/new years etc, we're going out to functions and dinners a bit in the next few weeks and I'm wondering how others handle it. Say at a function that finger food is served at for lunch/dinner - when would you check your BLG - I was told to do it 2 hours after you start eating your meal - but at something like this, you might be eating for the better part of a hour. So testing 2 hours after you started would give you kind of false reading wouldn't it? Same with going out for dinner. If we have a 2 or 3 course meal - when do I test my BGL? 2 hours after the first course, or the last?
I'm still scared of doing anything "wrong" that could cause my little guy to end up not so little, or hypoglycaemic after birth and needing formula and the SCN - I probably need to relax a little given my levels have been good but with pregnancy paranoia it's hard!
So how does everyone else handle it? Suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated!
Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:34 PM
i was told 2 hours after a "normal meal"
if it was going to be a looooooong meal, then 2 hrs from the start of eating
try more the savoury stuff
just veges n dip
Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:55 PM
I'm sure you will be fine if you avoid simple carbs like bread rolls or pasta salad.
Be careful of hidden sugars in healthy foods like fruit.
Stick to the low GI fruits such as cherries, citrus and avoid higher ones like bananas and surprisingly watermelon (it has a GI score of 72!)
Be aware that sauces contain A LOT of sugar especially things like BBQ and tomato sauce and some salad dressings.
Congrats on your pregnancy too
Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:42 AM
Thank you both - for the advice and the congrats!
We're going to a Vietnamese restaurant tomorrow night with some friends, so will just stick with the stir-fry's etc and should be OK! (hopefully!)
I spoke too soon about the good levels though - all of a sudden I had a 6.8 after lunch yesterday - lunch was a toasted ham and cheese sandwhich! Then after my big roast Christmas dinner it was 6.0 - I have no idea what happened there - stupid hormones!
Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:53 AM
It is as much about the amount you eat as the actual food. At this time of year it's easy to slip portion wise.
Also what you eat one meal can have a flow on effect to the next, especially if it is high in fat as it is absorbed more slowly.
The rice is something you would need to watch at the Vietnamese dinner as well as the sauces. Perhaps eat soem lean prtein before you go out to fill you up but not impact your sugars and then just eata small meal?
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