If you’ve ever had a baby, then you that around week 24 you go through a right of passage known as the glucose test. You have the fun opportunity to sometimes fast (super awesome when you’re pregnant and starving all the time), and then drink nothing but liquid sugar first thing in the morning.
But wait! There’s more!
After you drink the sugar you get to sit there and contemplate how your body is metabolizing all of that glucose for a whole hour since they don’t allow you to get up and walk around. Once your hour is up—and you’ve been keeping an eye on the clock, trust me—they get to poke you with a needle and draw your blood. Then comes the hard part. You wait, and wait, and wait for your results. (I’ve heard some people get them right then and there, and that makes me green with envy.)
Some doctors will call you with results, and others will leave you hanging…thinking that “no news is good news,” so you’ll end up calling and waiting on the line with all your air sucked in, waiting to hear if you passed.
I’m no stranger to the glucose test. I’ve had to take it very early on in my pregnancies because of pre-existing risk factors, but for my previous two babies, I’ve never been diagnosed with GD. I did have to do the god-awful 3-hour test last time, but I ended up passing it.
My Results Were Off The Charts (but not in a good way)
This time, I passed the first one they gave me (a blood test around 8 weeks to see if I was already pre-diabetic—I’m NOT), but unfortunately I didn’t pass my one-hour test a couple weeks ago. In fact, I “failed” so bad that they said I don’t even have to take the 3-hour horrible test (HOORAY), because they’re skipping that part, and jumping to diagnose me with gestational diabetes (booooo.) The cut-off with my practice, by the way, was that my number had to be under 180; I rang in at 181.
So. I found out I had GD the day before Christmas Eve. Great timing, right? On top of that, the nutritionist/dietician office was closed until the Tuesday after Christmas, so I couldn’t even make an appointment. Now, because of the holidays, I’m finally going to my first appointment later today. I’ve joined some FB groups, and I’ve done some research, so hopefully I’m at least on the right track to changing what needs to be changed, but it certainly is frustrating to not have answers right this very minute. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely nervous for how it’s going to go, and what they’re going to tell me.
On Not Freaking Out…Yet
I know a lot of people get upset with a GD diagnosis, and while I am absolutely not looking forward to pricking myself with a needle four times a day, I know this wasn’t my fault. Being diagnosed with gestational diabetes means that the placenta and the hormones are causing it. It’s not because I’m fat. It’s not because I’ve had it in the past (everyone always thinks so since my babies were 9lb+), or because my family has a history with diabetes, and it’s not because I’m already on the older spectrum for having kids.
YES, those are risk factors, but it all comes down to the hormones and the pregnancy. Did you know that super skinny, extremely healthy, no family history of diabetes, pregnant mamas can have GD? True story, and I keep reminding myself of that.
Let’s Do This!
So where am I now? I’m 26 weeks, and I’m at the anxious/acceptance/ready to move on with this thing stage. I want more information and guidance, so I can make the right choices. I very, very badly want a plan. We love to meal plan, and already make most of our meals here at home, so I want to know what to do, and what needs to change to keep this baby healthy.
I know there’s a lot of info out there, and I’m reading up on it, and making changes, but it all comes down to what my doctors/dietician/nutritionist want from me and for the baby, so hopefully I’ll get answers today.
I think a lot of women are embarrassed when they get a GD diagnosis, and to a point, I am embarrassed; the word diabetes alone is scary, and there’s definitely an underlying presumption behind it. But this is life, this is where I’m at, and I know that yes, it can continue after pregnancy, 9 times out of 10, it can be controlled with diet and exercise during pregnancy. You better believe I’ll be writing and sharing my journey along with this, because I know I’m not the only pregnant woman out there with GD.
Do you have, or have you had gestational diabetes? What were your first thoughts when you were diagnosed? ***Please refrain from giving me any advice on what to eat/what to do. I will be seeing a specialist, along with my OB, and I value their expertise. I know what works for one person may not work for someone else, especially with GD.***