Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Eat Up!

I'm on the high carb diet counting down to the three hour. Friday morning, 8:00.

Here's the skinny: My one hour test came back at 140, which I thought was normal. Apparently not. Apparently our midwives like to see the number 135 or lower. This seems a little like splitting hairs, but okay. I'll do the three hour.

I just thought I'd get to wait until we were back from vacation. The nurse at the midwife clinic thought otherwise. She thought I should get there immediately. ASAP. No time wasted.

Because the one result was so high, I wondered? Whatever-- I'm doing it on Friday morning. Not happy, but hoping that because I was so close on the one hour, I'll "pass" the three hour.

Fingers crossed, friends.


Blogger Suz said...

Oh! Fingers crossed indeed!!!

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Liza said...

I failed the one-hour test with my last pregnancy; my number was 142. I had one "borderline" result on my three-hour, but my OBGYN said it wasn't worth worrying about, just don't eat an entire five-pound bag of sugar at one sitting and I should be good. Probably your midwives are so concerned not because of any danger to you and Cricket so much as because they have to offload you ASAP if you're going to be "high risk." My mom used to be a midwife and had to quit because malpractice insurance started costing her more than she made (as long as she broke even, she didn't really care, but she drew the line at paying to do her job); if they find out you're dabbling with anyone even BORDERLINE high-risk they'll drop you like a hot potato or jack your rates through the roof. Don't fret.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Lynnette said...

I've heard 140 was the cut-off, so maybe they're just being uber-cautiuos, which I say is ok when we're talking about Cricket! GL!

2:00 PM  
Blogger Nico said...

A good friend of mine had a very similar experience as Liza - initial test barely high, and then one slighly off reading in the three hour test but otherwise fine. I hope that you get similar results!

2:48 PM  
Blogger Tamsin said...

Good luck for the 3hour test on Friday x

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

Fingers crossed in your behalf! xo

4:11 PM  
Blogger NMsurrogate said...

You meant low carb right? I hope so. High protein. My friend failed both, not realizing that ice cream several times a day might be the culprit. GD is important to treat though, so I don't think it is splitting hairs. Yuck about the 3 hour. Good luck!

5:01 PM  
Blogger PortLairge said...

My doctor uses the 135 cut off too. I got 133!!!!! She keeps reminding me that I passed by the skin of my teeth. I've heard a lot of people pass the 3 hour if they are borderline on the 1 hour. Good luck with that. If you don't have pass, you will have to be a good girl for quite a while. I didn't do my GGT until 26 weeks. Why do you have to do it so early?

5:15 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

She probably meant high carb since lots (all? Em declined the test) of places want you to load up on carbs for a few days before the test so it will accurately reflect your ability to handle sugar (and lots of it).

5:43 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Yes, she meant high carb. It's actually REALLY important to carbo-load before the 3 hour test - if you don't, you may fail even though you don't actually have GD. I found this info really helpful when I had to take the 3-hour test.

I had a 142 on the 1 hour but my scores on the three hour were so low that I nearly passed out.

Good luck!

10:39 PM  
Blogger NMsurrogate said...

Wow, I learn something new every day. Thanks, ladies!

11:57 PM  
Blogger Michko said...

Speaking for the pregnant/diabetes community: Under 140 after meals is ideal; however, during pregnancy most OBs and endocrinologists prefer patients to be under 120 at one or two hours (depends on the doc). I agree that the high carb "diet" will give a more accurate picture of how your body handles carbs. GD, even if "borderline", is pretty serious stuff. Not to scare you, but I'd take a 140ish reading seriously. Here's hoping you pass the three-hour test!

10:57 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Good luck with the 3 hour! I'll be thinking of you!!

11:31 PM  

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