Oh I'm sorry! GD can be a pain, but I think you will do just fine! I had borderline GD with maddie, I failed my 3 hour tolerance test but my doctor said he didn't think I really had it, just borderline. However Maddie was HUGE and all the nurses at the hospital said they were pretty sure I did have it. I think I was like 6 months along when I found out and I just tried to watch what I ate but I still gained over 40 pounds! (the sad part is right now, almost 6 years later I'm almost the same weight as I was when I was 9 months pregnant! Yikes!!!!)
I will probably have a problem with this if I get pg again because of my age but I just take it in stride. Has your doctor given you a diet plan or advice on what to eat? Both of my parents are type 2 diabetes and they took a class on what to eat - they get to eat some really tasty stuff!
Sending you big hugs and lots of "keep the blood sugar down" vibes!!!
Sorry to hear about your diabetes!
mom to Elijah 12-27-04 and Gabrielle 11-4-08
Oh sweetie...I know EXACTLY how you feel! I was diagnosed as insulin resistant during our quest to conceive so they tested me pretty early for GD this pg and of course I have it.
I think the hardest part for me was not blaming myself. I've been one to struggle with my weight all of my life. I had EVERY intention of losing a bunch of weight before I got pg again...but alas, that didn't happen. I felt like a big failure and that I "deserved" it because I was fat and had bad eating habits. I think the emotional guilt that goes along with GD is more difficult to handle than the actual eating/blood sugar regulating...at least for me. Thankfully I had a really good meeting with the endocrinologist and she assured me that my guilt and fears were not based on reality (even skinny women get GD!). Let me say this... NOTHING that you did brought this on. It's your body's chemistry with this pregnancy. It's the placenta that's causing this. When the placenta is gone, so will the GD. Yes, you have a slightly higher risk of developing GD later in life...but that's later, you can deal with that later. Right now you have to focus on the present and the health of this baby and of you. You can do ANYTHING 22 weeks right? Of COURSE you can! (I've been DYING for a big glass of OJ, but I haven't had one...as soon as I deliver, I'm sending DH to McDonald's for the biggest glass of OJ they have! (I love their OJ!)
Keep in mind that GD is a progressive thing. You may be able to control your sugars with diet...I was at first. But then the placenta will start to get bigger and stronger and it will start to change. What worked for you for a while, may not work at week 30. DON'T get discouraged! It does not mean that you're not doing everything right. All it means is that the target moved again...and it's not your fault! You just need to tweak things and get it back in your sights. I'm not going to lie...it can be exhausting because you have to think about EVERYTHING you put in your mouth. But your baby is worth it...and it's only temporary.
On to the specifics...I've been checking my blood 4 times a day since I was around 10 or 12 weeks I think...I've lost track. I've been on insulin since January and HONESTLY...it's not that bad. The shot hurts less than the finger pokes in fact 90% of the time I can't even feel it...the needle is SO tiny. Thankfully I only have to do one shot per day. I say thankfully not because it hurts, but because it's just a pain in the a$$ to remember to do it before you eat etc. I've been able to keep my sugars under pretty good control with the occasional high reading here and there. I've also been able to keep my weight gain down much more than my first pg. With DD I gained 52 pounds total...so far this time I'm at 18-19 pounds up. (Believe me...I'm SHOCKED!)I've also been taking 850 mg of Metformin 2x daily since trying to conceive...they have kept me on that the whole pg and it's also helping me stay in control.
Honestly...GD is not the horrible sentence I thought it would be. Plus...you get lots of extra ultrasounds towards the end! (I go in twice a week now for BPP's because of the insulin use.) I'm in the home stretch now and I'm not going to lie, some days are easier than others...it's a head game so if you need a coach, just email me...I'll be happy to help you through it!
You can do it!Jen36 weeks 6 days.
I didn't really feel anything, just really hungry all the time (but that's normal for me, LOL!) When they did my 3 hour I keeled over in the 3rd hour, felt sick after the first 20 minutes which really surprised me because I had felt fine in the one hour, but failed that too! I have a good friend who GD really badly and had to take insulin for it, I don't remember her complaining about feeling ill, I do know she was very tired and got very hot all the time, but she also had bad problems with her blood pressure, so that could have been from that.
I think once you see the nutritionist you will feel much more in control and that will help more than anything.
Good luck and update when you can!
I am sorry to hear about the GD.
mama to my three handsome boys