Failed the 3 hr test too

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Failed the 3 hr test too

Ugh, my doctor called on my way home from my 3 hr test and said that she already had 2 of my blood draw results back and they were high. So, she is diagnosing gestational diabetes and is referring me to a diabetes specialist next week. I am so upset. I've never had this with either of my other pregnancies and no one in my family is diabetic. All of this is completely foreign to me. I guess I won't be enjoying any pie this thanksgiving or birthday cake for my Bday in a few weeks. I've done some research online and the diet seems very complicated...I'm feeling very overwhelmed.

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Do not be too overwhelmed or worried, it is not as complicated as it may seem. I had it with my second but not my first. Your specialist will walk you through the steps of taking your blood sugar and what you should eat. It really depends on how severe you have it (yes there is differences). Mine was not too severe, I just had to limit my carbs a bit and make a few better choices but I still got to enjoy some good stuff, as long as I did not eat too much of it. Once you start testing you will be able to tell how your body is reacting to the sugar In Food and then you can make food choices from there. I never had much problem with what I was eating through the day, as long as I did not overindulgence. My issue was at night, my blood sugar was too high in the morning, so it was nothing I was really eating just what my body was doing. The concern is that you will have a big baby but I had GD and had a 7 lb 8 oz baby, so not too big at all.

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I have always had problems with my sugar, whether it be high or low. But if I was to give you a few little pieces of advise coming from a family with a lot of diabetics it would be these:

*Just because it says "No Sugar Added" does not mean it is sugar free. Very common mistake made by a lot of people I know.

*Carbs turn to sugar, so eating a bunch of carbs can be just as bad as eating candy.

*A large variety of fruits are high in natural sugar. So it is best to avoid things like watermelon and such. However when pregnant it is important to eat balanced and still get the appropriate servings. It is just better to eat fruits with less sugar. Also canned fruits tend to have sugary syrups so sometimes fresh is better with sugar issues if possible.

*Burning sensation in the hands can be a sign that your sugar is too high.

I don't know if any of this really helps you make any sense of it but I thought I would share. Don't let it get you down too much, once you get the hang of it then it is really quite easy. I don't allow sweets in my home to prevent the urge to eat them and I also do not allow snacks high in carbs and salt like potato chips to even cross the front door.

When it comes to certain occasions like your birthday a small sliver of cake probably won't kill you if you are watching what you eat the rest of the time. Ask your doctor for a clearer detailed diet plan in black and white and paste it to your fridge. That is what I did. Really helps to be able to look up when I am craving something and find out how much a serving is and what I can and cannot have to go with it.

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I'm so sorry that you failed the 3 hour. I hope you can figure out a good diet and that it won't be too much of a bummer around the holidays.

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"motorjunkie89" wrote:

I have always had problems with my sugar, whether it be high or low. But if I was to give you a few little pieces of advise coming from a family with a lot of diabetics it would be these:

*Just because it says "No Sugar Added" does not mean it is sugar free. Very common mistake made by a lot of people I know.

*Carbs turn to sugar, so eating a bunch of carbs can be just as bad as eating candy.

*A large variety of fruits are high in natural sugar. So it is best to avoid things like watermelon and such. However when pregnant it is important to eat balanced and still get the appropriate servings. It is just better to eat fruits with less sugar. Also canned fruits tend to have sugary syrups so sometimes fresh is better with sugar issues if possible.

*Burning sensation in the hands can be a sign that your sugar is too high.

I don't know if any of this really helps you make any sense of it but I thought I would share. Don't let it get you down too much, once you get the hang of it then it is really quite easy. I don't allow sweets in my home to prevent the urge to eat them and I also do not allow snacks high in carbs and salt like potato chips to even cross the front door.

When it comes to certain occasions like your birthday a small sliver of cake probably won't kill you if you are watching what you eat the rest of the time. Ask your doctor for a clearer detailed diet plan in black and white and paste it to your fridge. That is what I did. Really helps to be able to look up when I am craving something and find out how much a serving is and what I can and cannot have to go with it.

Your bang on with your advice. Also look at getting a glucose tester. This will really help you manage GD.

My SIL got GD with her 3rd pregnancy, and it went away after he was born. Both are very healthy. Best of luck!

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Thanks. Like I said coming from a family full of diabetics and problems with sugar myself I learned to do and watch out for a few things.

Also, a glucose tester is on sale with a coupon at walgreens. I don't know if you live near one or could possibly shop online but I think with the coupon it is free or close to it. Or some insurances will cover the cost if your doctor writes a script saying you need one.

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Thank you all so much for your advice. I'm hoping that I'll feel a little better about everything once I get some information at my class on Tuesday. I think I'm having such a hard time because my other pregnancies were blissfully easy and I just assumed that this one would be the same. And honestly, I'm mourning the loss of my sweet treats and afraid that I'm going to be bored to death with what I'm allowed to eat.

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To be honest there really isn't boring foods even when you are watching sugar and carbs. Tons of websites have diabetic reciepies that are just as yummy as regular ones and they even give suggestions for "safe" snacks that you may not have thought of.

It doesn't have to be boring, but can be if you stick to the same meals that you always had minus all the good stuff. So give something new a try from a reciepe or something and it shouldn't get old.

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I'm sorry about your GD diagnosis. That makes me a little nervous about mine coming up in a few weeks.

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So sorry about this Erin, what a bummer!!! Hang in there girl! Smile