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Drink This and Try Not To Puke

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Ingunn

    Huzzah!! Congratulations!! I thought I would be able to leave too, but nope. I think I know why: (a) the risk of puking and fainting seemed very likely, that drink made me feel horrid and (b) I was barely over on my test, so if I had walked around in the hour before they drew my blood, my glucose value would have been way lower and they wouldn’t have discovered the fact that I had GD.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh interesting. That makes sense. Did they make you take the test again?

      1. Ingunn

        No (thank god!), since I failed the two-hour test, I was sent straight to diabetic counseling. But even though it was a total pain to test my blood all the time and I felt stressed out by the fact that I was at risk of not being able to stay with the midwives (if your numbers are bad and you have to go on meds, they send you to a high-risk OB instead)/worried about affecting the baby, it really was a blessing in disguise. I stayed waaaay healthier in the third trimester than I would have otherwise, and I hiked right up until I went into labor (literally!) and felt great after birth. I don’t think that would have happened if I didn’t have to stay active due to the GD!

        1. Lisa Eirene

          I was super impressed with your hiking adventures in the third trimester. While GD sucked, at least you found the upside I guess!

  2. Beth

    I had GD — not so bad just had to have protein with every meal and no more ice cream sundaes. Ok, it sucked! But it’s the end result that matters 🙂

    And I was 200 lbs at the time so probably not that surprising

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Did you have to test your blood and take insulin?

      1. Beth

        no just alter diet

  3. L

    Do you take vitamin C with yr iron supplement? I learned the Vit C helps with absorption and it did the trick for me. My doc had not mentioned it. I’m not sure why?

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It was not suggested until recently but I was already taking my vitamins with a glass of orange juice at breakfast every day. I’m kind of curious why that hasn’t done the trick.

  4. Lori

    Glad that you passed that test! Do you eat a lot of broccoli? Tha’ts great for iron 😀

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Broccoli and brussels sprouts are pretty much our go-to veggie. Maybe I need to eat it EVERY day!

  5. Karen P

    I’m super glad your test was negative (I”m a lab tech in real life). The rate of women developing type 2 and the lack of proper glucose follow up post delivery are very concerning. If you have/had gestational diabetes- risks go through the roof post delivery for acquiring type 2.

    Anyhoo, I also tested negative during pregnancy at age 34, but had type 2 like glucose levels develop around my mid-40’s. Never diagnosed, but home monitoring (even post weight loss) has been key.

    Congrats and here’s to a safe delivery. Karen P

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for the information. That’s good to know and be proactive about in the future.

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