Just been diagnosed and I'm really freaking out
a letter to Elise.
, Apr 12 2012 04:17 PM
7 replies to this topic
Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:17 PM
I had my GD test last week, and my OB has just called me to tell me I have GD. Apparently I am just over, so she thinks it will be possible to control with diet and exercise, and hopefully won't require insulin.
I am freaking out though. I have to make an appointment to see a specialist and a dietician, but aside from that I really have no idea what I'm in for. My only experience of diabetes is from my dad's renal ward, where people were there due to massive complications from uncontrolled diabetes. I am petrified.
Can some please give me an idea of what this will mean? Should I stop eating sugar/refined carbs before I've seen the specialist? I am on a gluten free diet, so I'm not even sure what I should be avoiding. The specialists office is closed today, so I'm not sure when I will be seeing her. I assume if it was really serious, that I would have been sent to see someone straight away - my OB is pretty cautious.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:24 PM
You should find the Australian Diabetes site helpful.
Put very simply you want to eat small meals and even out the carbs over the day. So not a huge bowl of pasta one meal and no carbs in the next meal. Low GI foods (google will help you with info) keep the blood sugar even rather than creating spikes which is what you want to avoid.
Exercise can help too.
No need to panic.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:25 PM
If you follow an LGI diet, you should be fine. Being just over is really nothing to stress about if you just watch what you eat. I had GD and even with a small treat here and there I lost weight and had a very healthy baby girl who was perfect.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:40 PM
I had GD with my last pregnancy and have slipped under the radar with this one. I was so worried about it to, but the educators and dieticians were great.
If you wanted to start watching what you are eating now, aim for about 30 - 60g carb for your 3 main meals. Wait at least 2 hours before eating a snack that is about 15 - 30g of carb.
Like the other PPs said, stick to low GI foods as much as you can. And go for little walks each day. I found once I started doing this I didn't put any more weight on for the rest of pregnancy! (I have a lot of spare 'energy stores').
I wouldn't expect GD to be anything like the renal ward. It can be controlled if you are careful. These guys have probably not looked after themselves for years to get to that point.
Try not to worry too much and have a read of some of the websites.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:11 PM
Thanks for the replies. I saw the specialist today, and it looks as if I will be able to manage it with diet alone at this stage. I am feeling a little better about it today. I see the dietician on Monday. I will be missing my evening chocolate tonight....
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:42 PM
I will be missing my evening chocolate tonight....
You don't need to miss your chocolate. In the health food section, you will find low GI chocolate with Goji berries in it and it's very yummy and shouldn't raise your BSL's above normal ranges as long as you only have a couple of squares at a time.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:47 PM
There's a gd section on here you can join. I found out I had it about a month ago, so far diet controlled. You will have to test your blood suga levels probably 4 times a day, take a few days to get the hang of it. The diet sounds easy enough, actually quite a lot of carbs just spread out. I have found though I have to eat quite a lot less than was initially advised or I go over at dinner time. The time of day you might struggle will possibly differ to mine, everyone is different and you'll need to figure out wha your triggers are.
It is hard not eating fruit when you want to, not having juice. But I don't feel too deprived, have so much more energy, moods are better and generally feel the best I have so far his pregnancy.
You don't get a lot of leeway with your readings, you have to get everything in order and quickly or you'll most likely have to turn to meds or insulin to help you manage.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:51 AM
I just wanted to say that it seems overwhelming at first but everything involved very, very quickly just becomes habit. Really, after a while you can relax into the new lifestyle and follow the diet without a second thought.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
We've all done some pretty radical things after a big break-up, but Kourtney Kardashian has gone one better.
A new study has shown that babies may actually be able to hear from as early as 16 weeks – 10 weeks earlier than was commonly thought.
Women who want to stave off aches and pains in pregnancy should exercise regularly before they conceive, experts say.
A stand-up comedian in the UK has plenty of new material since becoming a dad to twin boys.
Dinosaurs are one of those classic childhood crazes. We've put together a host of products for dinosaur-mad parents, babies and toddlers.
A mum was left upset by a note from neighbouring diners saying her screaming baby had ruined their dinner.
When a man posted a selfie with a co-worker's son to Facebook, it became a magnet for racist comments.
Opulent rest time is becoming the gold standard in postpartum recovery, inspired by a Chinese confinement custom known as "sitting the month".
We all like to think that we make our choices in fair, reasoned and well-thought out ways. Not many of us would admit that we allowed the media to influence us in our life choices.
A woman who flew from Boston to Washington says staff with United Airlines at Washington's Dulles Airport suggested she pump her breast milk in the pet-relief area.
An Australian woman living in the US collapsed and died while feeding her baby, who then choked to death on his food.
Anxiety took over Robyn Read's life to such an extent she could not even buy the groceries and felt suicidal.
Two young boys have been rushed to hospital after falling out a second-storey window of a home in Eastwood.
An Indian woman has given birth to a baby boy weighing a whopping 5.97kg, setting a new record for the country's heaviest baby.
Finding out you’re going to be a grandmother can be a very emotional moment. Finding out that you’re a grandmother and the baby is already here is just out of this world.
Many mamas are wearing Saltwater Sandals - why not buy them for your babies and toddlers too?
Whether you're pregnant, already a mum, or are just trying to be a bit more healthy, there are ways to use the rejuvenating season to give yourself a boost.
Fashion designer Stella McCartney has honoured her late mum, Linda McCartney, by designing a special bra for post-mastectomy patients.
Mark Harris has helped deliver 500 babies. And he's now telling fathers what to expect.
Being a calm parent takes a lot of work, sometimes more than is obvious to those around us.
It's cool, kind of like a second childhood. I love him to bits and think, on average, I'm an okay dad. But I also want to talk about the other stuff.
He may have only lived for 100 minutes, but that didn't stop baby Teddy from saving the lives of others.
A haunting reminder to stay mindful about babies in cars, especially as we approach summer.
Tongue-tie can cause feeding problems. However once it is diagnosed, the condition can be easily treated.
Some people move frequently, while others like to stay put. But everyone finds it stressful.
The birth of her first child should have been happiest of times for Campsie mother Phuong Cao, but friends say it marked the beginning of when her life began to unravel.
It was an experiment doomed to failure - they were looking for male cells in female bodies. And their search was stunningly successful.
A gorgeous photo series shows babies in the first hours after their birth - as they were positioned in the womb.
We don't know what he's saying, but this baby has a very clear message for his bulldog pal: let's walk - NOW.
Without a doubt, one of the best gifts for a toddler turning two or three is a play kitchen.
With a few simple tips you can take your images from random happy snaps to lovely clean images that create beautiful lasting memories.
Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration