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Hello Everyone,

I am quite sad and confused knowing that my GCT results were high 8.1ml then the midwife told me to go and have a GTT done and which I did.

I am lost now because I tried calling someone from the hospital up to get my results but they wouldn't tell me they say I have to wait for my next appointment.

All she told me is that I was booked in to see someone that deals with women who have high results with their diabetes test. So in other words she says that I do have gestational diabetes. But I having to wait for 3weeks before I will see someone to alter my diet and talk to me about all this.. It is the agony of waiting, but in honest truth does that mean I have diabetes? I don't know no one will give me my own results..

Can anyone shed some light on the gestational diabetes topic because the thought of pricking myself every few hours is already making me sick.

Thanks

Hi there,

You really should contact your doctor or hospital to have your appointment brought foreward.

Gestational Diabetes doesn't mean it's permanent, it should go away as soon as you go into labour, a good healthy diet of low GI foods (foods that absorb slowly in your system) should keep your sugar levels under control. Your doctor will put you onto a Diabetic educator and dietitian, take full advantage of them as they are very helpful.

Unfortunatley Diabetes can't be fixed over night and can be very frustrating especially during pregnancy but just have some patience and make sure you have a good support network around you.

I don't have Gestational Diabetes but do have Type 1 diabetes for the past 7 years and i'm on my second precnancy, hopefully i've helped you a little bit

Also pricking you finger every few hours to ensure you have a healthy baby and you stay healthy is very worth it, after a few times you wont even know your doing it
Hi Cherry,

I am currently pregnant with bubs #2 and am back to following my diabetes diet strictly as I had GD with bubs #1.

When I first found out I had GD I was horrified...however, it is a matter of doing what is best for yours and your babies health. The effects of uncontrolled GD can lead to Macrosomia (increase in birth weight), floppiness and breathing difficulties at birth, so doing your finger pricking and testing your blood is all worth it for a healthy baby smile

As the pp said, the diabetes educators are amazing and they can guide you about making healthy food choices, exercise regimes and food portion control. The reality is a low GI diet is one of the healthiest diets around, and by following it you are doing the best thing for yourself and bubs! smile

If you want to know anymore feel free to PM me smile
I've had GD with both my pregnancies and was diagnosed with it at 12 weeks this time round.

With my hospital (and I know they're all different) it was a week after getting the blood tests done that I got a phone call to say that my results had come back indicating that I have GD (for both pregnancies). As soon as I had that phone call though they were organising for me to see a dietician and diabetic educator etc. When did you do the GTT? It is possible that a doctor hasn't yet seen the results so they can't inform you of your results yet. At my hospital it is also policy that every woman sees a doctor to discuss the results of their GTT tests so just because you are seeing someone who deals with people with high results with their tests etc doesn't mean that you have GD, it may just be that because you had a slightly high reading on your GCT and were sent for the GTT you have to see that person even though your results from the GTT are fine. Another thing to remember is that the GCT isn't as accurate and so while there were concerns with your levels after that one, you may well be fine with the GTT.

I guess what I'm trying to say is don't stress too much about it until you've been officially told that you do have it. Make a fuss about getting in to see the doctor sooner rather than later just so that you can either put your mind at ease that you don't have it or so you can start managing it as soon as possible. Did the lady that you spoke to on the phone understand/know that you're next appointment isn't for another 3 weeks? Considering my experience at my hospital, the fact that they are happy to wait for another 3 weeks before you see anyone about your results suggests that they are fine but that is only based on my hospital and yours may be different. I do know that GD is not something that they want to delay the management of so the extra timeframe, especially if they won't bring your appointment forward even when you request it, suggests that things are ok to me.

If you ever want to talk/ask questions feel free to pm me.

Leisa.
my gct results were high too and they made me wait a week b4 i got in to see anyone i went in for education and got given a diet and was shown how to prick my fingers its not that bad really
u know it happens to 80% of pregnant women thats what my educator told me its not so bad considering it will most likely go away after
think of it this way i have it and im on insulin but i figure if my baby is healthy and hes grown a bit lol at least i wasnt diagnosed with it like my friends daughter who has it for the rest of her life for what i have to do for the next 10 weeks its like a drop in the ocean to her
yes i cried when i found out and i cried even more when they put me on insulin but its not the end of the world and the insulin injections i have now 3 times a day dont even hurt and the finger pricks are over in like seconds
ps u can also pm me i dont mind
Really great answers girls! My family has a high rate of Diabetes and though I knew it was likely with my first child that I would get GD I was devastated to find at 23 weeks that it had happened. I was upset for a day and then just said ok, lets deal with it. I did all the educational stuff and came away feeling very much relieved that if controlled well it wouldn't have a big effect. I kept a food diary for the rest of my pregnancy and slowly ruled out the foods and behaviors that put my levels up. I had my boy on his due date (they told me they wouldn't let me go past 38 wks but my levels were so good that they were happy for me to go 10 days over). He was perfectly normal when he arrived and my GD was gone within 2 weeks. I am now 22 wks pregnant with our second child and it is back again. I feel pretty relaxed about it all this time around. A couple of hints I wish I'd been given - ask your doc for a letter to join the NDSS. You can be a GD member for 12 months after the birth (if it does stick around you become a life member). This gives you some pretty heavy discounts on the stuff you need to manage your diabetes (the test strips go from about $30 a box down to about $5 a box - big saving when your on a budget)! Jump on the website for some really good sound advise (and some good recipes too), makes it a whole lot less scary! Good luck and just do your best!
I have also found out ( 2 days ago) that I have gestational diabetes (my 2 hr reading was 8.1!)with bub no 2 (28 weeks) . I rang the antenatal clinic the same afternoon as the OGTT and got my results. Working in the health system, let me reassure you that they are your results and you are entitled to know them! I'm now waiting for an appointment with the diabetes educator so I can get a glucometer.

In terms of glucose "cut offs" numbers vary a bit. Some literature says 7.8 mmol, others quote 8 etc. When you see the diabetes educator, they will tell you about monitoring, what levels you should be aiming for. Although I can't say for sure, you'll probably find that you can probably control your bsl's through diet and exercise. Pricking your finger is the simplest way to test and the diabetes educator will show you how to do it without causing too much pain (and I agree it's totally worth the discomfort)

I was at first extremely annoyed by the diagnosis, because I thought I was doing all the right things, because I'm a dietitian by trade (who once specialised in diabetes!) so I follow a low GI diet anyway, didn't have GD with bub no 1, not in a high risk group etc... but pregnancy is a wonderful and magical thing..bloody hormones.

Probably the worse thing you can do at the moment (and I know this is hard to do) is to stress about it. Because stress and anxiety will not only weaken your immune system, but will put your BSL's up! If you can go for short walks/swimming/light exercise (10-30 mins) each day when you can, you may feel like you are doing something to help in the short term, until you are seen.

Although I can't give you a consult, I can list some really good resources that you can use, to get you through until your appointment although it does not replace dietitian/diabetes educator advice (major disclaimer!):

www.glycemicindex.com.au- useful for checking out the Glycemic Index of foods

http://www.diabetesnsw.com.au/living_well/howtoeatwell.asp#LivingWell

for general advice. Keep in mind that the dietitian will possibly work out something called a "carbohydrate portion plan" to help control bsl's, ensure that you maintain an adequate weight etc.

Most important thing is to look after yourself and I wish you all the best.
Thanks ladies,

I found out the news that I have been dreading and I really do have a high reading with my GTT test.

I diabetes educator rang me late last night and told me to come in today to see her.

After crying and letting everything out last night I felt much better coming in to see the educator and she reasured me that it will be fine if I follow her guidelines and keep to the healthy level of 7.0ml. But she said that I have to prick myself 4 times a day and if any reading is over the 7.0 mark then I will be placed on insulin straight away. I mean that is harsh only 2 readings over and I will be insulin dependant.


Thanks ladies,

I found out the news that I have been dreading and I really do have a high reading with my GTT test.

I diabetes educator rang me late last night and told me to come in today to see her.

After crying and letting everything out last night I felt much better coming in to see the educator and she reasured me that it will be fine if I follow her guidelines and keep to the healthy level of 7.0ml. But she said that I have to prick myself 4 times a day and if any reading is over the 7.0 mark then I will be placed on insulin straight away. I mean that is harsh only 2 readings over and I will be insulin dependant.

I'm sorry to hear that you did have a high reading with your GTT, I was really hoping that, because your hospital didn't seem too worried everything was all good. I am glad that you've been able to talk to someone about it though and get started on trying to manage it/control it.

It is possible to manage/control it with diet at times (I've been diet controlled since 12 weeks) but at the same time if you need to go onto insulin than just remember that it is usually only until just after bub is born and that it is best for you and bub.

I don't know if they suggested this to you or not today but keep a record of everything you eat for each meal/snack. I had several high readings in the first week but, because I was keeping a record and was able to pinpoint what caused the problem, they were willing to give me a little bit of time to sort out things like diet etc. Having said that, my GTT reading was 8.9 and my high readings were only going up to 8.something (I have to be 6.7 or under 2 hrs after a meal for my hospital) so they may have been willing to give me the extra time because things weren't too high.

Take each day as it comes and know that there are plenty of people on here who can relate and are happy to listen to vents and offer support/advice if wanted/needed.

All the best over the coming weeks.

Leisa.

Thanks ladies,

I found out the news that I have been dreading and I really do have a high reading with my GTT test.

I diabetes educator rang me late last night and told me to come in today to see her.

After crying and letting everything out last night I felt much better coming in to see the educator and she reasured me that it will be fine if I follow her guidelines and keep to the healthy level of 7.0ml. But she said that I have to prick myself 4 times a day and if any reading is over the 7.0 mark then I will be placed on insulin straight away. I mean that is harsh only 2 readings over and I will be insulin dependant.




It's good to hear that you got seen and you've been reassured. I'm going to be playing phone tag tomorrow with the educator, because when they gave me the appt to see the doctor last friday (at 3:15 pm) the diabetes educator had gone for the day! The joys of the health system- I just want a bloody glucometer! I should calm down lol! Let us know how you're going!
Hi ladies,

It's been 5 days now that I needed to check my glucose levels and so far it has been ok averaging 5.7ml but I just tested now and it went to 7.1ml i don't understand, I ate the same food as I did the other day but at that time it was only 5.7ml but today it went to 7.1ml I don't understand. Can anyone explain the difference to me. If you eat the same food then it should have to same outcome shouldn't it?

I can have wildly different levels with exactly the same food too. It isn't just about food, it can also be if you've done a different amount of exercise through the day, if you're stressing about something etc. I've even found that if I feel really hot that can push my levels up - maybe because I've sweated more but drunk the same amount of water or something.

One thing that my diabetic educator told me was that if I had a result that just didn't seem right it was ok to rewash my hands and retest. If it was still high than I had to put down the high number but if it was lower (especially significantly) it was ok to write down the lower level. According to my diabetic educator a high reading can be caused if you've got some food particles on your finger still that you just haven't washed off so by rewashing and retesting straight away it just double checks that the results weren't changed by not washing your hands properly the first time. (Just double check that your de is happy for you to do this though - if I need to do it I tend to write down both results just in case).

All the best with everything and good luck with continuing with the diet control.

Leisa.
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