Feeling Broken...

Erica - posted on 04/20/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hello, I'm 26 weeks into my second pregnancy and again my 1 hour glucose test has come back high... granted 150 was my glucose after 1 hour of drinking glucola and they want me under 135. I'm furious...we were certain that the last doctor was a quack b/c when I followed his meal plan I couldn't keep my sugar UP not DOWN! So we switched OB's this time around and I'm so happy with my new office. So I went in for my 1 hour and was so confident. We even went to Olive Garden afterward. :(



I hate needles and now they want to do a 3 hour test. I have broken down in 3 times and I only found out at 8am today and it's now almost noon. My husband is being as supportive as he can be via text message and all my mom had to say was "Awe I'm sorry..." I suck at being pregnant I'm constantly ill and tired. I have a 2 year old running around who loves to play and doesn't get why Mommy needs a minute now and then. Now that I've taken better care of myself than I have ever done, I'm still Diabetic!



Some one give me some kind of sign that this 1 hour doesn't necessarily mean that I'm Diabetic! My father is diabetic, My brother, my grandparents, my cousins, I really don't want to fight this disease!

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Christy - posted on 04/21/2011

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150 isn't THAT high. I am type I diabetic and have been so for 34 yrs. My AVERAGE during both my pregnancies was about 140. I would suggest getting a glucose meter and checking at home so you aren't so dependent on DR's appts for readings. One touch ultra is pretty reliable and made in the UK.

In your case, watch what you eat, try to stay at a healthy weight, not overweight if you are. Hard during pregnancy I know. Also know your body is going haywire now due to your pregnancy. Once you are not pregnant anymore, maintain a healthy lifestyle of eating and exercising.

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2011

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I know exactly how you feel. I have 4 kids, and with my first two every thing was fine. I was so relieved, because my mother is a type 1 diabetic, and my paternal grandmother and grandfather, plus some aunts/uncles on my mom's side are type 2. So, I'm literally surrounded by it. With my third child, my 1 hr. sugar came back high, so I did the 3 hour. I honestly don't know any of the actual results, because my OB was a prick, but he said the 3 hour was fine. I ended up having a 10lb 3oz baby. My husband was a large baby himself and so were a couple of his cousins, so we figured it was just genetics. Of course I got a much better doc with my 4 child, and he decided that since my last one was so big, he would test me early. My 1 hour came back high again, so once again I did the 3 hour. This time I got to see my results, and only the first hour came back a little high, but he figured we better get it under control completely so I didn't have another large baby. He gave me a 2000 calorie diabetic diet to follow, and I did. About 2 weeks later he did a 1 hour sugar after eating breakfast on me, and it was just a little high. So, he put me on insulin injections. At first I followed the diet exactly, measured everything out, didn't eat even one bite of anything extra. My sugars would still be high in the morning, but then they would go low in the afternoon. I just had to play around with everything and find out what worked for me. I had to cut out all carbs except a banana in the morning, and had to eat a little extra protein at lunch, plus an afternoon snack. Everything worked out great. My sugars stayed right inbetween 110 and 70, and I actually lost 20lbs while prego instead of gaining. My baby was perfectly healthy, and came out a very healthy weight of 7lbs 4oz and was about 1 week early. She is 6months old, and I have no sign of having any problems since. Good luck with everything. Just because you may have it while prego, doesn't mean you will have to fight it the rest of your life.

Laura - posted on 04/20/2011

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Ok honey take a deep breath. Having GD is not the end of the world. I just got over having it and now I have a beautiful 10 week old son and my sugars are back to normal. I am skinny, active, no history in my family and I still ended up with it. More than likely if you do have it you will just be put on a diet and have to test, it does suck to prick your finger 4 times a day but it will only last until your little one is born.

I know the feeling of being tired all the time, during this pregnancy I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 4 year old. Actually for me being on the special diet it helped with my energy. And I had it over Thanksgiving and Christmas, now that sucked.

I guess what I'm trying to say is you may just pass the 3 hr and won't have to worry about it but if you don't it's not the end of the world. If you need anything feel free to pm me as I just went through it. Good luck. I hope you pass the three hr.

Just try not to worry too much as it's not good for the baby. *hugs*

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Erica - posted on 04/25/2011

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Thank you everyone for your concern and help! Since posting this i have started to eat more "carb smart" and have felt better. After reading of the ladies who failed the 1 hour and passed the 3 hour thank you, that has helped so so much!

For those who suggested I get a new doctor, I did. I left the practice I went to with my daughter and Now go to a women's only practice that I love! These women have been so so supportive. I think more than anything I'm just nervous b/c the first go - round was so terrible but my hubby and family are right behind me for support and you ladies have helped so much!

thank you!

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I'm joining all kinds of boards to offer support due to these silly pop ups. ;)

I failed the one hour test when pregnant w/ my twins and passed the 3 hour test.

I wasn't going to even TAKE the test w/ my son, but chickened out telling the nurse (would've told the doc no problem, but that nurse was scary....). I failed the one hour test and refused to take the 3 hour test. They treated me as if I had failed and I had to test my blood sugar 4 times/day and see a nutritionist. THAT was actually what I wanted cuz I've had years of wacky blood sugar issues...

Normal first thing in the morning testing is supposed to be around/under 90. TWO hours after eating (NOT one) is supposed to be at or under 120. In the 2-3 months that I tested my sugars only twice was I over (when I ate like crap and knew it). Most were normal and several were WAY under (like opposite of diabetic).

All that rambling to say.... don't worry about failing the 1 hour test. You MAY have a problem, but you may be perfectly fine. Even if not... monitoring your diet could be all you need.

If your doc wants your numbers under 90 after one hour.... I'd get a new doc. The first time the nutritionist tested my sugars I was around 90 and she was concerned since it shouldn't be that low in the middle of the day (especially considering I had eaten a snack less than 2 hours earlier).

Good luck!

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I had GD. The diet is strict, but it's not the end of the world. Generally GD clears up immediately after birth. So while being pregnant might not be fun, once it's over, you can go back to your "normal" life.



P.S. if you're watching carbs, cutting out breakfast cereal is an easy way to reduce your intake. Cereal is SO HIGH in carbs!!! Eat peanut butter on toast or eggs for breakfast instead. It'll keep you full for longer, too.

Tonya - posted on 04/21/2011

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I know exactly what you're going through. With my first pregnancy I failed the 1st test and passed the 2nd test. With my 2nd pregnancy I failed both test and had to monitor my sugar level and was put on a very strict diet plan. After the birth I was fine. Everything went back to normal. Recently, my doctor told me I was borderline diabetic but can conquer it by eating more healthy and losing weight. So the key to it all is making sure that after the birth of your baby continue to eat healthy. Everything will be fine. In due time it will all be over.

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my first pregnancy I was fine with my second I had it and right after he was born it went away. I just had to watch what I ate and use a monitor to watch my sugar. I didn't like needles either but I put my babies safety first then my fears. Just take a deep breath and do your best to stay calm. Being scared will only make things worse. I hope everything turns out ok for you :)

Erica - posted on 04/20/2011

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Laura thank you. See we thought the doc was a quack b/c I was constantly getting faint from low blood sugar. I'm hoping that my 3 hour comes back ok I'd really like to know what it's like to have a "normal" pregnancy and this is my last one. I CANNOT do this again.

Laura - posted on 04/20/2011

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Erica I'm so sorry but your Docs suck!!! My dietitian was awesome, she came up with a meal plan for me and lined up how many carbs I can have with every meal and snack, with list of food that I can eat and how many carbs are in them. There were some meals I was having a really hard time getting all the carbs I needed. I never ever felt starved because I was eating every 2-3 hours, snacks are very important to have also and there is so much you can eat that is no carb.

My dietitian also called me once and week to check on my reading and make adjustment if needed. They worked with my Ob and also with the ultasound docs. And checked on me after LO was born.

Please do some research and find one that will work with you if you have it. Chances are if you had it for #1 then you will probably get it for this one too. If you do end up with it and need some food ideas let me know. You should not have to starve at all. Good luck.

Erica - posted on 04/20/2011

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Jennifer - I did go see a dietician they told me to eat whatever I wanted b/c my numbers weren't that bad... then billed me 400 after insurance! My GD wasn't that bad with my daughter but my doc made me feel like a monster. I was actually enjoying this pregnancy and I guess I'm scared that is over.

Karen - we learned about docs the hard way. My daughter was suppose to have club foot, and be special (he could tell all this from an ultta sound) her feet are fine, and she is 2 and registering at a 3 year level in almost every area. I guess I feel like I can't do it right, so many women have these wonderful pregnancies where they just show up for regular check ups and all is fine and here I am going to have to go in every week again at the end of my pregnancy, to make sure baby and placenta are fine. Then with my daughter I needed a Vaccum delivery.

Karen - posted on 04/20/2011

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Don't stress! I failed the one hour blood tests in 2 pregnancies and the 3 hr tests came back fine. Of course my twin sister, in both her pregnancies she ended up with GD. She wasn't able to get the blood sugar under control and had to have insulin shots 4 times a day. She saw a dietician weekly and she never felt like she was being starved. She was sicker in her pregnacies than I was, but her babies are both healthy. There isn't a history of diabities in our family. I think it's just 'one of those things".
The last thing you should feel is like you're failing at being pregnant. Do what you need to do for the baby and please stop feeling guilty. You don't have that many more months left and I'm sure everything will work out fine in the end. Look how well your daughter is doing now. Doctors can't predict everything....

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2011

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Obviously that doc had no clue what he was talking about. Babies need food to survive and grow, and also, blood sugars don't return back to normal for 2 HRS after eating not 1 (that goes for non diabetics also). If things don't go well for your 3hr test, I highly recommend seeing a dietitian. Ask your OB for a referal. I have never heard of an insurance company that won't cover a dietitian visit for a diabetic, and honestly, he/she can help you out so much. There is no need to feel hungry all the time.

Erica - posted on 04/20/2011

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I know it's not the end of the world.... last time my doc wanted my sugar under 90 after 1 hour, I was only allowed to have 1 carb choice for dinner and none for snack. I was hungry... so hungry the whole pregnancy! I can't feel like I'm starving for 3 months again! My daugher was only 6lbs at birth and then I was screamed at that she would never thrive. It's like I have post tramatic stress from pregnancy or something. I can't stop crying I'm so frustrated and Everytime I think I have my shit together I fall apart again. I guess I'm scared to go through all this again just to be told I still screwed up b/c the baby is too small! I know I have a better doctor this time and every pregnancy is different but I just really really don't want to go through this. I thought this was suppose to be a happy tme. I'm not happy or excited right now I just want it over.

Thank you for your nice words and support! I do apreciate them!

Deena - posted on 04/20/2011

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I am not sure what to say, but I just want to try to help in some way. I have a mother who is diabetic. I have a cousin who has a diabetic son and her son is only 2. I can't imagine giving myself or one of my kids a bunch of shots every day. I too hate needles going into my body. I have never personally had to deal with diabeties or gestational diabeties. I have had many struggles and low points in my life though. I don't know what religion you are and I don't know if you believe there is a God in heaven, but I do. And I know when things get rough I pray to my God in heaven and it seems to help me knowing someone is up there listening to me abd understsanding what I am going through. So I guess my sugestion is to pray and let out all your feelings to God. I hope this helps.

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