i found out today at my appointment that i failed my 3 hr glucose test. they were just like you failed so you have to see a dietician and then thats pretty much all they told me. im terrified cuz i dont know whats going on. i know what gestational diabetes is but they didnt even take the time to explain things to me.
my results were
1 hr: i dont remember but i think it was only 5 points over what it was supposed to be
2 hr: 180
3 hr: 161
is that really bad? i mean i have no idea what to do until this dietician calls me i dont know whats gonna happen to my baby and me. does anyone else have GD? any information you can give me would really help. i HATE drs. they never explain anything. i was told that it is something to be taken serious which i already knew that but they didnt tell me how to eat or possible complications other then the baby could get to big. they pretty much just sent me on my way and said see ya in 2 wks.
I'm sorry to hear that you failed the 3 hour and I'm sorry that you were left with so many questions. I unfortunately cannot help or give any advice but I am sure that the dietician will be in touch with you soon. I would say if they don't call you by Friday then you should call your doctor and ask all the questions you have. I'm sure you and your baby will be just fine!
Pretty much the same for me they just told me to contact the specialist and i would have to test my blood sugar levels four times a day and see you in two weeks. Is it just me or do the doctors always seem less concerned? My 2 hr test was 196 they told me that if its over 200 they send you right to the specialist. Dr. told me that she was going to give me another chance to past the 3 hr test. if i take it asap but i am soooo busy and to get an appointment nearby wont be until after my next appt. so im going to just contact the specialist.
SG good luck the best part is that it goes away after the baby is delivered. but the bad part is thats the only thing i know about GD. So i guess i have to do research.
Things are crazy towards the end of the month my BF was supposed to have his sickle cell test this saturday but cant do it cause he has to work. Then on the 26th im having the baby shower and have to take my car to get the emissions test that morning. To top it all off when i go for my appt. on the 31st im gonna get another order for an u/s to see again how big baby has gotten when dr measured my tummy she said baby is measuring big. I know at 29 weeks 4 day baby was 3.5 lbs so i cant wait to find out what the weight is next week. My friend said at this rate i wont have to worry about low birth weight.
i think drs are all the same. they dont realize that even though this is something they see all the time it is something that is completely new and scary to us and they need to take the time to sit down with us and talk about it not just say see ya in 2 wks. i saw the NP this time i didnt see my real dr so at my next appt i really dont know if they are gonna start doing anything different. like i dont know if im gonna start having ultrasounds to see his weight or anything like that. the NP didnt tell me if he was measuring big or not but at my 28 wk appt on july 3rd i was 28w2d and i was measuring between 27-28 wks so im hopin he wont get too big. i did find a good website for how to eat. REMOVE.. I found a guideline on how you are supposed to eat and how many carbs you are allowed at each meal and where you should be getting those carbs from. im gonna follow that til i get in to see the dietician. the nurse said she should contact me this week but drs never seem to care enough to get on that. they were going to forget to tell me my 3 hr results i had to remind them! they say its something they take seriously but they cant even remember to tell me about it? that doesnt make sense to me
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I was diagnosed with GD a couple of weeks ago. The dietician should get in touch with you very quickly, mine called me within the same day that I was diagnosed. If you have GD, they want to get you on the special meal plan (controlling your carbs) pretty quickly and get you testing your blood sugar 4 times a day. You have to test each morning, and an hour after each meal. If you numbers continue to be high, even after being on the special meal plan, they will then put you on insulin. I was put on insulin two days ago. I have to do a shot each night because my blood sugar each morning continued to be high even on the special meal plan. The meal plan is not always easy to follow. And, to start, you should also cut all things high in sugar out of your diet - chocolate, ice cream, table sugar, soda, etc. You will be amazed how much sugar is in things once you start looking at the labels. Good luck!
suewaz: do you have to give yourself the shots in your stomach? my grandpa is type 2 insulin dependent and thats where he has to take them. it would be hard enough for me to stick a needle into myself but the stomach seems like it would be the worst place for me. it makes me queasy if my stomach is even touched. thats like my sensitive spot.
did they tell you about complications? ive heard stillbirth can happen so im real worried bout that
No, we cannot do shots in the stomach because of the baby. So, I have been doing them in the back of my arm. Actually, my husband is a nurse, so he does them for me. I lucked out there.
As far as complications, I have never heard still birth. It does increase your risk for preclampsia. Diabetes can make the baby be too large to deliver vaginally, especially if the diabetes is not controlled or if it is caught too late. The baby also has a chance to have low blood sugar, or hypoglycemic, after delivery and they are detached from us. In this case, this can be controlled with glucose medication and prompt feedings. I also know that we are now at further risk to be diabetic in the future (Type II diabetes). So, your primary care physician will probably be checking your sugar levels more often. Most women get rid of the diabetes at delivery, but some do not. Others just develop diabetes later in life. The baby may be jaundice as well when born due to the diabetes.
ok thats good. i kinda figured that the baby would be in the way to do it there but i wasnt sure. ive looked up preclampsia and i have symptoms of it but i have normal blood pressure (110/73 at my appt yesterday) and have never had protein in my urine so i guess the other symptoms are just cuz of pregnancy. do they normally take the baby early in people that have GD? ive heard that sometimes they will stick you in the hospital for the last few weeks even if nothing is wrong just to monitor you and the baby to make sure nothing goes wrong.
I don't know anything about taking the baby early...my doctor has not mentioned that, nor has she mentioned me having to be in the hospital for the last few weeks. i think she would have mentioned something like that by now since she knows I plan on continuing to work full-time right up to delivery.