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#1 benjamin18

Posted 20 June 2013 - 07:27 PM

We've just been for our 29 wk check up with Dr, only to find out that I have gestational diabetes. Not quite sure how to feel right now as this is something I never considered in pregnancy.
Has anyone else been through this or going through this ?


#2 bec_1108

Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:10 PM

Hello! I'll join you in this thread! I was diagnosed today. I failed the 1 hour challenge test last week. Did the 2 hour fasting test this morning, and got the call this afternoon to say I have GD. I'm not particularly surprised. I have a family history of Type 2 diabetes, and I took corticosteroids for many years. I'm actually a little annoyed that my OB didn't pick up on my higher risk and order the test earlier. I have to see a diabetes educator and dietician. How are you going now? Are you managing ok?

#3 benjamin18

Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:59 AM

QUOTE (bec_1108 @ 02/07/2013, 07:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello! I'll join you in this thread! I was diagnosed today. I failed the 1 hour challenge test last week. Did the 2 hour fasting test this morning, and got the call this afternoon to say I have GD. I'm not particularly surprised. I have a family history of Type 2 diabetes, and I took corticosteroids for many years. I'm actually a little annoyed that my OB didn't pick up on my higher risk and order the test earlier. I have to see a diabetes educator and dietician. How are you going now? Are you managing ok?


Hi,



I'm sorry to hear that you too are on this path. For me it's a case of so far so good. I've been and seen the diabetes educator and check my sugar levels for a week. With a bit of hit and miss. On Monday I had a follow up visit with the dietician and she suggested a different breakfast which has substantially brought my sugar levels down. I now have Nestle Soliel diet youghurt with almonds for breakfast when I'm in a rush or 2 bolied eggs and a piece of toast if I have extra time. And this is really helping.

I have to admit with the changes I have made to my diet, mainly cutting out fruit juice, minimising my chocolate consumption and increasing the proteins I eat with my meals I have managed to keep my sugar levels in check. And I feel much better too which is always a good thing.

I've even added in a light walk during my lunch break at work which has been helping. I can only walk slowly currently as my belly has just exploded over the past week so walking to fast gives me a lot of pain :-)

It will be interesting to see the effect if any that this has had on my weight. I have a visit with my OBGYN tomorrow so we will see.


Good luck with your journey and let me know if I can be of any assistance with food suggestions or just an ear.


Take care of yourself.

#4 bec_1108

Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:55 PM

QUOTE (benjamin18 @ 03/07/2013, 07:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi,



I'm sorry to hear that you too are on this path. For me it's a case of so far so good. I've been and seen the diabetes educator and check my sugar levels for a week. With a bit of hit and miss. On Monday I had a follow up visit with the dietician and she suggested a different breakfast which has substantially brought my sugar levels down. I now have Nestle Soliel diet youghurt with almonds for breakfast when I'm in a rush or 2 bolied eggs and a piece of toast if I have extra time. And this is really helping.

I have to admit with the changes I have made to my diet, mainly cutting out fruit juice, minimising my chocolate consumption and increasing the proteins I eat with my meals I have managed to keep my sugar levels in check. And I feel much better too which is always a good thing.

I've even added in a light walk during my lunch break at work which has been helping. I can only walk slowly currently as my belly has just exploded over the past week so walking to fast gives me a lot of pain :-)

It will be interesting to see the effect if any that this has had on my weight. I have a visit with my OBGYN tomorrow so we will see.


Good luck with your journey and let me know if I can be of any assistance with food suggestions or just an ear.


Take care of yourself.


Thanks for your post! I'm glad you're managing to control your levels with relatively simple changes.

I saw the educator and dietician today. The educator took a measurement when she was showing me how to use the monitor, and my level was only 3.5! Bordering too low! And that was 1.5 hours after eating a banana for morning tea! She told me to go down to the cafeteria straight after the appointment to eat something.

I already have a well balanced diet, so I think the key for me is to slightly cut the carb portion at dinner, but eat more carbs as snacks throughout the day. I had a pretty good understanding of low/high GI when it came to breads, cereals etc, but a learnt a lot about fruits, veggies and dairy and which ones of those are low GI.

Think I need to try to incorporate a bit more exercise into each day as well. I exercise maybe 3 times a week for 30 mins, but clearly I need to do more!





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