Please don't kill me, I know there have been a bunch of GD threads - but I was hoping to start one for those of us who have officially been diagnosed with GD.
I'm struggling. I got my diagnosis last week, but am still waiting on the referral service to set me up with my test strips and meter thing. In the meantime, I had a normal OB appt yesterday, where they spent a LOT of time talking to me about this diagnosis. Understandably, they're taking it very seriously. They tested my sugars (like 1 hour after I had eaten a snack) and it read 127 - the doctor hurried in to tell me "holy heck, no more carbs, no sugar, and get your meter ASAP!"
Because of the way I eat (which is continuously, all day long, not necessarily 3 sit-down meals), they're going to have me checking my sugars like 6-7 times per day. And from now on I need to see the OB once a week, where they will hook me up to a fetal monitor for 20 minutes at a time. They said that with GD there is an increased risk of heart problems, and they want to check the baby every week to be sure she's okay. This really scares me.
The whole thing makes me feel frustrated and dejected, not to mention scared for my LO. I know the basics of the GD diet - low/no carb, nothing sugary, and to combine protein with any carbs I eat. But I'm feeling frustrated by the limitations, and not to mention scared for my LO. I also know I'm being a huge baby about it all - so I have to change my diet, no big deal, right?...but I'm frustrated and could use some suggestions. I feel like I'm going to live the next 9 weeks off freakin almonds, string cheese, and lunch meat. Ew.
Does anyone have any good meal plans to share? Or ideas for lunches that don't need a microwave? Or any other tricks and words of wisdom for getting through the next 9 weeks?
I also want to say that in the grand scheme of things, I know this isn't a big deal, and it could be so much worse. LO I'm so grateful that this is a manageable illness, and that I can control my own diet to ensure LO's healthiness. I'm absolutely willing to do whatever it takes to keep her healthy, ya know? But I am feel overwhelmed by it all, and could use some support/words of wisdom from other women in the same position. TIA.