GD numbers question...

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Registered: 07-16-2009
GD numbers question...
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Tue, 02-22-2011 - 11:17am

Hi! I'm trying to find an active board with some experience with GD (tried the GD board but it is more or less dead).

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Registered: 08-14-2007
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 9:20pm

Hi River,

I'm definitely not a GD expert, but I think that your numbers seem ok and I think it is normal for it to be higher with a higher sugar meal. But, if you are still unsure or worried give your dr. a call or call the nurses for advice. Always best to check and make sure. Good luck!

Melissa

Mama to Chase (4) and Mason (2)

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Registered: 03-17-2010
Fri, 02-25-2011 - 6:56pm
I had GD with my first pregnancy and your numbers seem fine, although I'm not sure why they have you testing so early. GD is caused by homones released from the placenta and won't generally show up until 24-28 weeks. It is normal whether you have GD or not to see higher numbers after a meal with more carbs or sugar. Also I'm not sure why they have you testing 1 hour after a meal. The generally accepted testing protocol is two hours after meals. This is because prolonged high blood sugars are more of a concern in pregnancy.

Dawn
Mom to DD born April 2009 and DS born April 2011
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Sat, 02-26-2011 - 10:24am

thank you soooooo much for your feedback (I was beginning to feel very alone)...

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Sat, 02-26-2011 - 2:41pm

Yes, it would be best if your blood sugar never gets out of control, however keep in mind that not all women with GD are able to control the condition with diet alone. I failed the 3-hour test with my DD, I was referred to a dietician who had me test my levels 4 times a day - and about once a week I would get a level that was marginally too high. The GD screening test simply tells you your potential for high blood sugars, fortunately it wasn't an issue for me and I didn't really have to change my diet. In fact, after a couple of weeks I was instructed to test twice a day, then once a day and by the time I had DD I was only testing once every couple of days.

I don't see any risks to watching your carb/sugar intake whether you end up with GD or not. If your doctor still screens you in some way at 24-28 weeks and you have GD, you will fail that screening whether you are following a GD diet or not. Again, keep in mind GD won't generally show up until 24-28 weeks, and the hormones that cause it peak at 32 weeks so between now and 24 weeks there may not be much benefit in following any special diet.

Even though I had no issues controlling my sugars, I was still required to test my levels during labour and they checked DD for hypoglycemia. The main concern with GD is large babies, my DD was under 6lbs, so clearly that wasn't an issue for me. One word of caution, a GD diagnosis can negatively impact your ability to obtain health insurance, disability and life insurance, since your risk of developing type 2 is around 50% after a diagnosis.

Dawn

Mom to DD born April 2009 and DS born April 2011
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Sun, 04-03-2011 - 1:11pm
FYI: for those who wondered about 1 hour testing

ADA's recommentation have changed to test 1 hour after eatting AND they have lowered the target numbers. I can't remember what they are off the top of my head. BUT, I go in to have my "usual" refresher couse next Wednesday. (I say usually because this is my 8th pregnancy & I've been in every time)

River - Mornings are harder to control. Your numbers look great. If you haven't already requested a session with a diabetic counseler. They can give you a diet plan. Too many calories or too little for that matter can effect your levels.

Staying on a GD diet will not hurt you & if you take a GTT later it will not change the outcome.

As long as your numbers are under the target range, don't worry about. BUT, if they are not, then justt stay away from that item.

Example: I can not drink milk or juice at all while pregnant. My numbers are HORRIBLE. Sugary items are out too.

I had GD with my first three & because a diabetic before my fouth. I am now expecting #5 and my numbers are shooting up. ;-/ My fasting are between 110 -150. Did I mention that I'm only 7 wks?

88 after a meal is a bit low. Make sure you are eating enough.

Deven, homeschooling mommy of Kol, Jul, Elle, Liv & baby #5 due 11/16. Three Sweethearts in Heaven;

;-P Not bad for 11 years of marriage!

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