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Gestational Diabetes

Posted by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:18 PM
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I was diagnosed today with GD after my 2nd failed glucose test. I was wondering what other moms who have experienced have had to deal with. I see the nurse dietician next week and then the Maternal specialist a week after that. But I know next to nothing about this. Here are a few of my concerns:

I've heard that this makes the baby bigger at birth. Does this mean I might have to deliver sooner than my due date?

What are the common complications you have experienced with this?

 I understand a change in diet is part of treatment. As someone who has battled anorexia since I was a teenager. And food restrictions make it more difficult for me to control. Is this something I need to bring up when I see the doctor?

Will my baby be born diabetic?

I have a thousand more but those are my main concerns. Thanks for the help ladies!



by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:18 PM
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MegB8402
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:28 PM

BUMP!

Miss.KelliAdams
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:29 PM

only time will tell. but good luck

jltplk25
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:29 PM


Quoting MegB8402:

I was diagnosed today with GD after my 2nd failed glucose test. I was wondering what other moms who have experienced have had to deal with. I see the nurse dietician next week and then the Maternal specialist a week after that. But I know next to nothing about this. Here are a few of my concerns:

I've heard that this makes the baby bigger at birth. Does this mean I might have to deliver sooner than my due date? This tends to occur only if you don't keep control of your diabetes. I supposedly had it with my first and was on a strict calorie diet. My numbers got high a couple times but I had my son at 40 weeks. He weighed 7 lbs and 2 oz. You won't have to deliver early as long as you keep it in check.

What are the common complications you have experienced with this? I don't know if it's a complication but I blew up like a Beluga Whale. My hands and feet were sooo swollen I couldn't stand in the shower for long. I also had to get shoes that didn't have a heel.

 I understand a change in diet is part of treatment. As someone who has battled anorexia since I was a teenager. And food restrictions make it more difficult for me to control. Is this something I need to bring up when I see the doctor? I would. I can't remember what the number of calories where, but it was broken down by  points and carbs. +15 = 1 pt, 15-29 1 1/2, so on and so forth.

Will my baby be born diabetic? I can't say yes and I can't say no. My son was born almost 4 years ago and he does not have diabetes but I *think* I was told that he's at a higher risk...I know I am b/c I had it but I am not sure about his risks.

**I also failed the first glucose test with my second pregnancy. I cut out all sweets for that weekend then when I took the second test, I passed. So you may ask if it's possible that you had consumed too much sugar, especially if you dont fit the so-called 'profile'. GL!

I have a thousand more but those are my main concerns. Thanks for the help ladies!





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HeIsMyWorld2009
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:32 PM
I had it, I tested my sugar everyday, my son was normal in size, not a big deal as long as your watch your carbs and make sure your sugar is within range
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kjbennett26
by Platinum Member on Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:33 PM

I had it with my daughter but neither time with my sons.  They had be try to bring my sugar levels under control with diet but when that failed I was put on a pill to take every morning to help.  I also had to test my sugar levels 4 X a day!  I also had to sit with my feet up quite a bit more than usual due to swelling in my legs.  My daughter was bigger than my 1st son but I was not induced or anything.  They did do stress tests every week the last 5-6 weeks of my pregnancy just to check on her.

MegB8402
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Thanks for the reply. I don't eat alot of sugary things. Maybe 5 oreos a day. I drink water and milk. No pop or juice. Both upset my stomach. I eat pretty healthy. and I was careful what I ate before both tests. My hands are swollen which I just chalked up to being 3rd trimester. lol Can't wear my wedding ring which makes going out in public very awkward sometimes.

mcginnisc
by Gold Member on Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:38 PM

I've heard that this makes the baby bigger at birth. Does this mean I might have to deliver sooner than my due date? Not necessarily..however, you need to be aware that GD has a host of issues that can be caused  by the condition. With GD you are at risk for developing Pre-Eclampsia which *can* cause you to deliver early.

What are the common complications you have experienced with this?There are many complications attributed to GD... high birth weight, jaundice at birth, low blood sugar in infant at birth, baby is at risk for juvenile diabetes in future, mom is at risk for developing type 2 within 10 years of first diagnosis, difficult deliveries resulting in broken bones due to size of infant, and lastly stillbirth if not controlled properly...

My experience- stillbirth at 36 weeks due to GD and I'm at risk within the next 3 years due to being diagnosed 7 years ago and 2 years ago....dd #2 is at risk for JD, and I had Pre-E with #2.

 I understand a change in diet is part of treatment. As someone who has battled anorexia since I was a teenager. And food restrictions make it more difficult for me to control. Is this something I need to bring up when I see the doctor?Without a doubt!!!! Tell them immediately.

Will my baby be born diabetic?Not necessarily, although he/she will be at risk fror developing JD later....baby will be tested for low blood sugar at birth.

You will have to test your glucose several times a day- upon waking( fasting), 2 hrs after every meal and some docs require before bed as well... it is imperative that you follow the diet closely to avoid being put on insulin and avoid having a stillborn. I tell you this as I should have been insulin dependent with my first dd and was not and she was stillborn due to GD at 36 weeks...it is a very serious condition.

Claire

periwinkle163
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:39 PM

 I was diabetic with my dd. I did have to change my diet and test my blood sugar levels several times a day. I would definitely tell your nutritionist about your anorexia. She will probably have some experience dealing with your situation. The biggest change I had to make was cutting way back on milk.

MarchMarie
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:41 PM

 

Quoting MegB8402:

I was diagnosed today with GD after my 2nd failed glucose test. I was wondering what other moms who have experienced have had to deal with. I see the nurse dietician next week and then the Maternal specialist a week after that. But I know next to nothing about this. Here are a few of my concerns:

I've heard that this makes the baby bigger at birth. Does this mean I might have to deliver sooner than my due date?   Not neccesarily, for example because I became insulin dependent they wanted me to go as long as possible because the insulin can cause the lungs to not mature as quickly... But on the other hand, they didnt want me going past 42 weeks, not because he was too big (he ended up being 9lbs) but because the insulin can also cause the shoulders to become very wide and the bones to calcify...  As long as you dont have any complications, there is no reason you cant deliver on time, even with GD it is unlikely your baby will be "too big"

What are the common complications you have experienced with this?  I was diagnosed at 16 weeks, so it was really rough with me... I became insulin dependent around 6 months, which really sucked, I had no complications though... just continuously rising sugars.

 I understand a change in diet is part of treatment. As someone who has battled anorexia since I was a teenager. And food restrictions make it more difficult for me to control. Is this something I need to bring up when I see the doctor?  Yes it is.  Balancing carb/portion control while maintaining proper calorie intake is tough at the beginning and you should definitely mention anything that will make it more challenging for you. I saw both my diabetes specialist and a nutritionist until I felt comfortable managing my food, then I cut the nutritionist out.

Will my baby be born diabetic?  No, your baby might be born with low sugar, but the first feeding usually takes care of that, they might keep testing him over the first 24 hours...  and it does increase the chances of later development, but it is not a definite even then.

I have a thousand more but those are my main concerns. Thanks for the help ladies!

PM if you ever need to ask anymore Q's :) Good luck and dont worry



 

mereinhart28
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:45 PM


Quoting MegB8402:

I was diagnosed today with GD after my 2nd failed glucose test. I was wondering what other moms who have experienced have had to deal with. I see the nurse dietician next week and then the Maternal specialist a week after that. But I know next to nothing about this. Here are a few of my concerns:

I've heard that this makes the baby bigger at birth. Does this mean I might have to deliver sooner than my due date?  In my experience my son was 3 weeks early because my water broke. He was 6 lbs 4 oz.

What are the common complications you have experienced with this?  I had complications due to other things, not associated with the Gestational Diabetes. I had to take insulin. I also had to do finger sticks several times a day. The only thing that I really did was watch my diet very closely. And exercise more, walking was about all I was permitted to do. 

 I understand a change in diet is part of treatment. As someone who has battled anorexia since I was a teenager. And food restrictions make it more difficult for me to control. Is this something I need to bring up when I see the doctor?  For me the food restrictions were more, no white bread, no white pasta. Increase of fruits and veggies. No ice-cream, cake, stuff like that. It actually is a better diet to be on.

Will my baby be born diabetic? No, the GD is because your body isn't making enough insulin. 

I have a thousand more but those are my main concerns. Thanks for the help ladies!

Bring on the questions, hopefully we can help :)


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