Re: ...and I failed my 3 hour gestational diabetes test
Wells42 (no login) Posted Jun 12, 2012 11:40 PM
I know . . . it's sucky, but it will be okay. I had it with my last pregnancy and the worst part is getting the news. I was in the waiting room waiting for my last blood draw, but evidently it was a slow day at MFM and the nurse had been watching my numbers as they were entered into the system, so they called me out, told me I didn't need to do the last draw, and that I needed to call MFM and sign up for one of the classes. I was like, a CLASS???? Are you kidding me? But the first thing the nutritionist talked about at said class, after handing out these handy-dandy little menus, was the emotional impact of finding out you have GD. I could tell every other woman in the room was trying, like I was, not to burst into tears. That said, actually having GD was not nearly as bad as finding out I had GD. I was really surprised by how much I could eat on the diet. Having been on more than one diet in my life, this one was a snap. The hardest part wasn't what to eat, but when to eat. You have to allow at least two hours between snacks/meals - and for a grazer like me, that was hard. And I had to remember to call my numbers in a couple of times a week, which was easy to forget. But other than that, it wasn't bad at all. The meters are really nice these days - you only need an itsy-bitsy speck of blood, and it doesn't hurt at all (invest in a good lancet thingy - one that lets you select the level - and then do it on the sides of your fingers - fewer nerves there). It will take some practice - figuring out what you can eat/not eat, but they will work with you on that. Just keep a journal so you know what works and what doesn't. For example, I couldn't walk by a piece of bread in the morning without going over (even though the official diet said I could have a piece of toast in the am) but I could have two pieces of PB toast for a bedtime snack w/o going over (even though the official diet said I couldn't). So, it is just a matter of figuring out what your body is doing. For me, this was enough. But the reason they have you test 4x a day is so they can tell if something changes. If you are doing all the same things and your blood sugar is still going up, then you need insulin. Here are just a few little things that worked for me:
1) Exercise AFTER you eat. Even a five minute walk after a meal will bring the numbers down.
2) Eat Protein first - then carbs - and try to eat a little protein with each meal
3) Good snacks: cheese sticks and nuts. And cream cheese on anything
4) Eat enough. Low blood sugar isn't good, either. So, figure out what you can eat, and then EAT!
Again, I know it is crappy news. I, too, had other complications, and it just doesn't seem fair. But I know you will sail through this. This is really the hardest part. If you have any other questions, please let me know. I'll be happy to answer.