April 2020 Moms

GD Misery Pity Party Club

I'm starting a thread for all the ladies that end up failing their glucose test and joining the gestational diabetes club. Here we can share recipes, struggles, and vent together.
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Re: GD Misery Pity Party Club

  • I failed my early 1HR glucose test this morning at 19w6d, just in time to ruin Thanksgiving 😡

    I told my Dr and nurse I was going to fail because I had GD in my last pregnancy and I just *knew* I was going to have it again but they both brushed me off and said it was too early and no one ever fails the early 1HR 😒 Now I get to go back next week and take the 3HR test to confirm what I already know.

    Being that this isn't my first rodeo I have plenty of recipes and tips to share with those of you that will be joining the club in the coming weeks. 

    This will definitely be me tomorrow at Thanksgiving dinner:


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    emsned
  • Lurking from March.  I got diagnosed early too due to history of GD with my last pregnancy : (    I failed my one hour with a 183, no 3 hour test needed like last time.  Last time I failed with a 211, it was a couple weeks later on though.
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    Me: 36  DH:35
    Married: 7/10/2016
    TTC#1 - May 2016
    BFP 9/6/2016 - Missed MC 10/20/2016  
    BFP 5/5/2017  - CP
    IVF #1 - June 2017  - Transferred 1 fresh 4 AA embryo.  7/9 Beta #1 - 161 
    <3 Adam <3 Born on 3/18/18




     
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  • I can't seem to stop eating candy. I am good on my numbers for the most part after meals and fasting numbers, but I can't stop snacking on crap in the afternoons...
  • I am lurking - I’ve had it three times starting from8-12weeks. 
    Try to get more protein in when snacking it fills you up more and stays with you. Try to always have something on you for when the cravings hit so you don’t make bad choices. Or if you need something sweet have some dark chocolate with some almonds or cashews. The single wrapped squares are good to keep you at one or two. 
      Popcorn is good because you can have a lot in a serving and it has fiber. 


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  • I’m lurking from the May group. May end up April now anyways, because they will likely induce week 39. This is my second time with GD and my numbers are so much higher (morning fasting around 130). I have gotten down to just under 100 carbs a day and I’m still struggling. Anyone on insulin yet? How often are appointments once your diagnosed? Also, anyone’s docs making them eat a certain amount of carbs at each meal/snack? My kiddos will be 5 years apart so I’m a bit rusty on all the GD stuff.
  • You need the carbs! It’s important to eat as you doctor and nutritionist tell you. 100 isn’t enough. My diet was- 30 for breakfast, 15 snack, 30-45 for lunch, 15 snack, 45-60 for dinner, 15 snack.
    you need to eat enough carbs to keep everything working right. 
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  • megpeg said:
    You need the carbs! It’s important to eat as you doctor and nutritionist tell you. 100 isn’t enough. My diet was- 30 for breakfast, 15 snack, 30-45 for lunch, 15 snack, 45-60 for dinner, 15 snack.
    you need to eat enough carbs to keep everything working right. 
    This is the same carb macro I used last time and this time. The key is to choose healthy carbs though and stay away or limit the number of starchy carbs (my favorite kind 😭)

    Other things that help me are drinking boat loads of water and getting up and taking little 5-10 minute walks after every meal/snack. I managed to *barely* pass my 3 hr but my doc wants me to do a GD diet anyway and retest at 26 weeks.
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  • And always make sure to eat protein with your carbs. It helps your body use them better.
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  • My doc isn’t too concerned with carbs.  I don’t carb count but it’s pretty low. Any carb no matter good or bad spikes me.  This is also my second round of gd and my fasting numbers are already a lot higher than last time 
    ***TW***
    Me: 36  DH:35
    Married: 7/10/2016
    TTC#1 - May 2016
    BFP 9/6/2016 - Missed MC 10/20/2016  
    BFP 5/5/2017  - CP
    IVF #1 - June 2017  - Transferred 1 fresh 4 AA embryo.  7/9 Beta #1 - 161 
    <3 Adam <3 Born on 3/18/18




     
  • I had it three times starting at 12 weeks. I controlled with diet. That’s really odd to not be concerned about your diet as a doctor. If you aren’t eating enough it can be as hard on your body as too many. I had to get up in the night and drink a glass of milk- fairlife has less sugar more protein- to keep my morning numbers in range. 
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  • My doctor says I have gestational diabetes. I’m not really convinced  - I’ve had funny blood sugar problems since I was a little kid. At my 3 hour test my fasting glucose was 50 and then the drink spiked it up to 226, but that’s just how I react to sugar when I’m starving and I don’t get to have some protein or bread. 

    I’m in my 20s with thin/healthy body weight and everything with this pregnancy has been normal. Seems like people like me have been having kids without carb counting or finger pricks for centuries. I’m not sure why I should ruin this pregnancy with all these rules when I haven’t done anything wrong. If sugar was that bad for babies it would be on the infinitely long “no” lists with sushi and deli meat. 
  • @independentgeorge I have known quite a few very healthy women who developed GD. Being at risk for Type 2 or being an unhealthy weight doesn’t necessarily mean you will have GD. Similarly, being low risk for Type 2 and having a healthy weight doesn’t mean that you won’t have GD. As @danibean19 suggested, you should discuss further with your doctor. 

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    Baby number 2 due 4/11/20
    chichiphin
  • @independentgeorge I'd say on the whole, pregnant women with GD did "nothing wrong" to get GD. It can happen to literally anyone - pregnancy (not weight) causes bodies to change how insulin is produced with GD. 
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    little girl A born 3.26.20

    mercury94
  • @independentgeorge - Definitely talk more with your doctor about it! As someone with PCOS and considered overweight prior to pregnancy, I was basically a "shoe-in" for GD and yet I've passed the tests and don't have them. Similarly, one of my very best friends who is in perfect shape and eats extremely healthy ended up with GD. It doesn't always fit the criteria of non-pregnancy diabetes.

    I'm really sorry you're having a hard time with the potential restrictions but it's not the sugar that affects kids when moms have GD - it's the slew of complications that go along with it. 

    I hope you and your doctors find out exactly what's going on and come up with a good plan to keep you and baby safe!! <3
    mercury94
  • Yes sorry I should be clear, my statements are two separate things and not meant to be a comparison to others - so 1. being young and healthy makes me more inclined to question all the drama around this diagnosis (whereas if I already had a high risk pregnancy maybe I would feel more worried)

    and 2. I have an overwhelming “I don’t deserve this” feeling but definitely no one deserves it - including high risk people. I assume that’s the feeling everyone has when something bad and unexpected happens. 
  • @independentgeorge the GD alone is worthy enough of the "drama" and being labeled high risk. Thanks to hormones your body is no longer processing glucose normally and of the many complications this can cause, both maternal and fetal death are included. I'm sorry you feel that your top notch pre-pregnant health means this shouldn't be a big deal but that's just not the case. Like others have already said I urge you to talk to your healthcare team about this. Most doctors require their patients with GD to attend a seminar/class on GD and meet with a nutritionist, and I highly recommend you do both. 
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  • I discovered a new diabetes friendly snack today and it's so delicious I had to share! I bought Costco spinach & artichoke dip (1g net carbs per tbsp) and some celery to dip it in.
    It's.  So. Yummy! 
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  • tomato664tomato664 member
    edited February 2020
    I’ve met with both a GD specialist and nutritionist, and the doctor was very chill about it. Talking to them was a HUGE relief, and I hope your healthcare providers are offering you calm, sound advice as well. My specialist literally said GD was more of an annoyance than a huge problem. People shouldn’t be so dramatic by shouting over the internet about maternal and fetal death. Yeah, it increases risks, but a lot of things can increase risks, you have to look at magnitude - let’s not make having a cookie as bad as like smoking or doing drugs. And if anything increases risks, stress is bad for moms and babies! GD just happens sometimes, as others have said. Some genetics (eg East Asian heritage like myself) just make it more likely, independent of everything else. To me, after my initial pity party for several weeks, I’ve come to accept that it just means another reason we to be trying a little harder to eat better, some finger sticks to keep track of things and see which carbs I actually react to (bonus: data tells me that I can actually eat reasonable portions of pasta just fine!), and some extra scans to sneak a peek at the little dude. My doctor even said “cheating” on my diet was fine from time to time, as long as I’m willing to accept that the baby will be a little larger because of it the more I do it.
    babyrummom
  • edited February 2020
    @tomato664 No one was implying GD should be dramatic. The issue was that the previous poster was being flippant about her diagnosis and implied she wouldn't be following a GD diet at all, which *is* a big deal. GD that is managed by diet/meds is pretty chill and just a tad annoying, like you said. Letting your GD get out of control because you think you can't really have it because you're young, skinny, and healthy is pretty dumb and ketoacidosis is a common result and is *serious.*

    I'm glad your doctor is chill with you about your diagnosis, but I bet a pretty penny they didn't say you could ignore it and eat whatever you want either.
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