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    Hi ladies! I thought we could put our diabetes chat here in one place. And of course those without it feel free to join in!

    I had my appointment with the diabetes specialist today and am now starting insulin only at bedtime. She did an A1C and she said that looked fine so I just need to work on the fasting numbers for now. They want me under 100 and I have been 110-140 in the mornings On a happy note, she did give me the insulin pen so I don't have to deal with syringes and I can stab myself in my leg instead of my stomach this time! LOL

    Callie, How is it going? How are your numbers looking?

    Adriana, What ranges did your nutritionist give you today?
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    Hola! I actually just picked up my meter today - it's pink!! WOOHOO! I have an appt tomorrow at 2pm to meet with the diet specialist. She said it would take about 1 - 1.5 hours and it's up at the local hospital. At that time I'll know what I need to get things started..

    The only thing I'm at a loss for right now is that some people appear to be on a "trade off" type number thing.. and others seem to go with so many grams of carbs per meal / snack. I don't know what the difference is but I'll find out tomorrow.

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    They do go by grams, but with diabetes they try to make it "easier" and have you convert to carb exchanges. So 10-20 grams is 1, 21-27 is 1.5, 27-32 is 2 etc. Those are not exact I am going from memory. I can't seem to have more than 2 carbs or about a max of 30 at any meal.

    I have also found I do better with whole food carbs such as fruit, milk, etc. But if I have carbs such as cereal or chips even within the a 15gram range it throws my numbers way off. Just play around with different foods. Some are going to be fine and some are going to set you off.
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    Ahhhhhhh!!! Gotcha! That makes sense for sure.. I'm interested to hear what I'll get! I've started switching my pastas over to whole grain / whole wheat and have cut out ice cream, candies etc except to every few days so I can wean off them gradually..

    I meet with the OB office nurse practitioner after I've been on the "diet" for one week.. I don't know if that's an every week thing or no? But I also start NST stuff in just about 2.5 weeks! The insert they gave me says because amniotic fluid could get low as he gets bigger.. ?? What will NST stuff tell them? Is it assured he'll be a big boy or only if I don't get this under control? They said he was measuring 2+ weeks at my last appt.. so I think he's already a big boy! lol..
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    First of all, don't let anything anyone says scare you. The biggest thing with GD is a big baby and that is not guaranteed. My family has a history of GD and I was the biggest baby at 7lbs 11oz. My son was 6lbs, 8oz and they always told me that I wasn't controlled very well. Although today the GD doctor said that the insulin did control it, so idk what my obs were talking about before.

    There is no guarantee that he will be big, but if he is already 2 weeks ahead you will need to try your best to keep your sugars in control. It could be that your sugars have been out of control for a while and that is why he is measuring big, or he is just a big boy. How did your daughter grow. Usually it is based on maternal history, not paternal so generally you can refer to that. I had to go off of any kind of pasta, sweet, or bread altogether. I am betting yours will not be as severe as mine, but do those things one at a time and in very controlled portions til you know how you react.

    The NST is a test where you will sit in a recliner or something similar and they will put the monitor belt on your stomach. They will just record the baby's movements for 20-30 min. They want to make sure that the baby is moving ok and not in any distress. There is some talk about your placenta dying faster with GD, but that is very rare and I have read research that says it is not true. You will learn a lot from the ladies on the support board. I have not heard about the amniotic fluid and I think the NSTs with DS were a little overboard, but I got a 30 minute nap twice a week, lol. I don't start them til 32 weeks so I have about 6 weeks. I am on every 2 week appointments already though.
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    Christine - I know you've dealt with this before so I ask you.. In general, why does GD happens in pregnancy? My DH thinks it's because I've "done nothing but eat sugar and junk food" so it's all my fault. It's like I created this...
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    Tell Dh to stuff it! It has nothing to do with you and everything to do with the placenta. Sometimes the placenta has a hard time filtering and rejects insulin so that baby is left to fend for themselves. This causes the baby to over produce insulin and why they get bigger. You could be the healthiest person in the world and never touch a sweet in your whole life and still end up with GD because it is only based on your placenta. In my case, I have family history and probably PCOS working against me as well and that is why it is so severe, but for you barely failing the tests it is probably solely your placenta and there is nothing you could have done to prevent it.

    Tell Dh if he truly loved you he would stick to the diet too so that you didn't feel so bad about it LOL
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    Yeah he hit a VERY sore spot on that one.. I ended up slamming the door on him as I came into the bedroom. I'll spare the details but.. yeah.. some tears came on down. What a jerk sometimes.. lol..

    Ok back to GD support chat!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixacious View Post
    First of all, don't let anything anyone says scare you. The biggest thing with GD is a big baby and that is not guaranteed. My family has a history of GD and I was the biggest baby at 7lbs 11oz. My son was 6lbs, 8oz and they always told me that I wasn't controlled very well. Although today the GD doctor said that the insulin did control it, so idk what my obs were talking about before.

    There is no guarantee that he will be big, but if he is already 2 weeks ahead you will need to try your best to keep your sugars in control. It could be that your sugars have been out of control for a while and that is why he is measuring big, or he is just a big boy. How did your daughter grow.
    DD was 7lbs 2.1oz.. and was healthy as they could be!

    Usually it is based on maternal history, not paternal so generally you can refer to that.
    SO if my mother is insulin resistant, would that possibly have something to do with it? Being hereditary??

    I had to go off of any kind of pasta, sweet, or bread altogether. I am betting yours will not be as severe as mine, but do those things one at a time and in very controlled portions til you know how you react.

    The NST is a test where you will sit in a recliner or something similar and they will put the monitor belt on your stomach. They will just record the baby's movements for 20-30 min. They want to make sure that the baby is moving ok and not in any distress. There is some talk about your placenta dying faster with GD, but that is very rare and I have read research that says it is not true. You will learn a lot from the ladies on the support board. I have not heard about the amniotic fluid and I think the NSTs with DS were a little overboard, but I got a 30 minute nap twice a week, lol. I don't start them til 32 weeks so I have about 6 weeks. I am on every 2 week appointments already though.
    Yay for every 2 weeks! Yes, the note from the nurse said I will start them in week 32 and do them 2x a week.. I'm sure by then I'll be ready for 2, 30-minute naps. So what happens if he's not moving as much as they think he should be?

    I'll make sure to poke him a little before we go in so he dances up a storm! lol..
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    Okay, first of all, I was like What the F happened to the GD thread. ROFL. I am soooo tired it took me a minute. I thought I was losing the last of my marbles, ha ha ha.

    Secondly, if baby is not moving they will probably do an U/S and if they are concerned they will induce or do an emergency c-section depending on what is wrong. I haven't ever heard of anyone having this issue. That is why most people on the GD support group say that the NSTs are overkill. But I am in the better safe than sorry category so I am ok with it. Plus, my principal said he woulnd't dock my pay if I had to leave work an hour early so that makes me feel better too.

    Is your mom insulin resistant? Any family history can contribute, but I was referring more to baby size. For example, DH's family has HUGE babies like 8-11 pounds. They all told me I would have a big baby, but they are wrong cause it usually is based on maternal history.
    ~Christine~
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