3rd Trimester

Gestational Diabetes

So I found out last night I failed my 3 hour test and was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I started crying while still on the phone with the nurse. I am pretty upset about this whole thing. I am a very picky eater and love carbs. I am not a big vegetable eater at all so I am pretty daunted by the prospect of having to change the way I eat. I am definitly a meat and potatos girl. My husband is being supportive and will hopefully do this diet along with me. I'm glad we're done having kids after this baby so I won't have to deal with this again.
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Re: Gestational Diabetes

  • Cheer up.  Diabetes doesn't mean you can't have carbs, it just means you have to watch the carbs and try to eat them with things so they won't spike your sugar levels, like proteins.  I'm assuming you will meet with a nutritionist who can go over a plan with you. 
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  • I do not have Gestational Diabetes but if I did I could totally feel your pain - I have craved a ton of sugar during my pregnancy.  Try to look at it this way... you only have about 11 weeks left... in the grand scheme of things, that's not much.  Try to focus on the foods you really like and get creative.  I'd say if your husband does it too you won't miss it as much as you think you will.  Good Luck!

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    Cheer up.  Diabetes doesn't mean you can't have carbs, it just means you have to watch the carbs and try to eat them with things so they won't spike your sugar levels, like proteins.  I'm assuming you will meet with a nutritionist who can go over a plan with you. 

    I am meeting with the nutritionist on May 21. I'm sure I'll feel better after that it's just until then I am stressing over what to eat.

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  • Good luck.  I think there might be a GD check in, so maybe they have some suggestions on snacks their nutritionists have recommended that will tide you over. 
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  • I feel your pain. I had an absolute meltdown when I found out I had GD. Since then, I've learned how to balance things and yes, you can still have carbs (just not the white stuff, wholewheat instead). I wont lie, it's hard but I can definitely say it's not the end of the world either. There are so many options of food out there now that are sensitive to sugars/carbs/etc. The high risk board has a lot of GD ladies on there to offer encouragement and support too. You can do it and you are not alone!! 
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  • If you are a meat and potatoes girl you are in luck! I am not a vegetarian, but pregd ate meat only a few times a week. I am so sick of it : just save your potatoes for dinner and you'll be fine.

    Gd sucks, but it's not the worst that can happen. I'm due in 6 days, and can honestly say that not having this compelling reason to lay off the ice cream would have led to much greater weight gain! Plus, it's all only temporary.

    Good luck.
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  • Everyone's experience is different, but so far with GD I am still eating carbs and its going OK as long as I eat them in moderation, try to go for whole grains, and always have some protein with my carbs.  So like a half of a baked potato has been OK, whole wheat bread, the Barilla Plus pasta has worked out well.  Sweet potato fries instead of regular fries.  Just talk to the nutritionist.  It may not be as bad as you are afraid it will be.

     

    I cried too though, so I totally understand.   


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  • As soon as the phone call ended, I had some tears too.  I was bummed, but it is what it is so you make the best of it.  Eating healthy and getting more exercise will only benefit you and the baby, and I can still dream about the ice cream I'm going to eat as soon as this kid pops out :o)

    Hang in there! 

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  • I was totally bummed too, but it does get easier! I actually have no problem eating meat and potatoes, but some vegetables and especially fruit do spike my blood sugar. And I can have plain ice cream, just not all the toppings (I think the mini cups of Haagen Dazs vanilla are only 17g of carbs - totally a doable snack!). I still can't wait until I can eat whatever I want again, but on the plus side, I haven't gained any weight since starting the GD diet (I am actually losing weight now, which isn't good, but my doctor isn't too worried because I'm still measuring right on track). All that is to say that once baby gets here, it should be easier to get back to my pre-preg weight, so there is a bit of silver lining to it.
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  • I have it too and I was pretty depressed about it and cried.  My family thought I was being too dramatic about it.  I am still kind of depressed about it, but am living with it and doing what I have to do to keep my sugar levels within the range my doctor has set for me.  My husband isn't supportive at all and worries only about what he is going to eat for meals.  It's like he doesn't care because HE isn't pregnant so why should HE have to worry?  Really hurt when he bought a giant bag of peanut M&M's and ate them right in front of me the day after I found out I had gestational diabetes.  This diet isn't so hard and its not a big deal to test my sugar four times a day, but I am still struggling with feeling sorry for myself over it, and I'm not sure why.
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