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August 3rd, 2008

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07:02 pm - *waves* Newbie needing advice!
Hi there everyone!

I'm currently expecting baby #2 (still in first trimester) and was told by my midwife (I'm in the UK) that I'd be at risk of GD as I've been hypoglycaemic for 15 years. Pregnancy#1 was not offered a GTT and my DS arrived at 31wks 5 days weighing 4lb 7. I'm very petite and had a bump the size of an overdue mum (he'd used up ALL the space and was engaged in my pelvis from 30w).

They're doing a GTT on me at 28 weeks and measuring my glucose every 6 weeks, I'm following a low gI diet and and was hoping anyone could give me pointers/tips, are there any 'trick' foods I need to look out for? I'd like to hold on to this babe as long as I can as my son developed cerebral palsy as a result of his early arrival.

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Date:August 3rd, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Do you know what test they are doing every 6 weeks? I'm not sure just measuring a random glucose level every six weeks is helpful. Maybe they are measuring your hemoglobin A1C, which gives an idea of what your average blood sugar has been over the past 3 months or so.

I'm wondering why they don't have you checking your levels on a daily basis, the way we do, especially if they have concerns about you anyway. It certainly wouldn't be difficult to do.

If you are following a low gI (gI= glycemic index?) diet, you probably are avoiding most of the bad guys. The thing is, the trick foods can vary for each person. Oddly enough, decaffeinated black coffee makes me sky high, and there is no reason it should. If you were testing your own levels, it would give you an idea.

Good luck!
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Date:August 3rd, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
I suspect it would be the random tests otherwise they would have got it last time. I don't know about the testing every day though, will ask when I see the midwife in the next 6 weeks. I'm a bit loath to go off and just start testing, I have no idea what the numbers mean!
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Date:August 3rd, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Random testing is useless. It'll tell them what your blood sugar is at that moment. I suppose if it's high, it'll be helpful because they'll know you have issues, but if it's normal, it doesn't tell them if you have the potential to go too high.

I doubt the midwife will be of much help. It's not her area of expertise. My prenatal diabetes care was always dictated by an endocrinologist, because the OB and MW just knew that they weren't well versed in that area.

They can give you guidelines on the numbers. It's really not a huge deal to test. It would be much more illuminating than their just testing you once every six weeks.
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Date:August 3rd, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
I would recommend getting your own glucose meter and checking that more often than every 6 weeks. Other than that, carbs are what raise your blood sugar so if you are GD any kind of bread, pasta, pizza, pastry are what to try and limit.

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