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Gestational Diabetes...HELP

Posted by on May. 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM
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 I just got a call back from the Ob's office. I had my GTT on Monday. The nurse told me that my fasting levels were 94 when they needed to be 92 or lower so I have gestational diabetes. I'm freaking terrified. I know there biggest concern is the size of the baby at delivery but I'm having a repeat csection. Has anyone else ever dealt or currently dealing with this? What are the risks now that I have it? How do I control my sugar levels? I know there are going to be a lot of things I can't eat and I'm a carb junky. So any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

by on May. 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM
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nisha723
by on May. 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

My advice to you isdiet control, watch your crabs intake, I have gestational diabetes as well this is my second time having it. I had it with my son 8yrs ago, now I have it with my daughter, my midwife sent me to a nutrition specialist they give you a pamphlet on how to diet you carbs while being pregnant, you should also receive a meter kit as well to check your blood every two hours after you eat a meal, an my son was average weight he was 7lbs and 4oz at birth, I don't think my daughter is going to be that big she might be 6lbs 7oz or exactly at 7lbs.

AmericanChild82
by on May. 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

 This is my third pregnancy and first time ever dealing with this. I know their biggest concern is the size of the baby but what I don't get or understand is why they are worried about his size when I'm having a repeat csection. My daughter was 8lbs 12oz when she was born and she was perfectly fine. What are you allowed to eat and snack on? With this little man I am hungry ALL the stinkin time. Do you have to give yourself injections or take any pills to help control your levels?

Quoting nisha723:

My advice to you isdiet control, watch your crabs intake, I have gestational diabetes as well this is my second time having it. I had it with my son 8yrs ago, now I have it with my daughter, my midwife sent me to a nutrition specialist they give you a pamphlet on how to diet you carbs while being pregnant, you should also receive a meter kit as well to check your blood every two hours after you eat a meal, an my son was average weight he was 7lbs and 4oz at birth, I don't think my daughter is going to be that big she might be 6lbs 7oz or exactly at 7lbs.

 

nisha723
by on May. 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

You still can eat what you want, you have to look at the carbs that's in it, if i was you i will eat snacks that only have 12grabs to 15grabs I know it sucks, cause I hate it as of right now, an no i don't take any pills or insulin it is all diet control I have to check my glucose 2hrs after breakfast, lunch, dinner, and night time if I'm up lol, oh and I have to check when I wake up in the morning before I eat breakfast. your doctor will give you all the information you will need to control your diabetes while being pregnant, good luck hun I'm almost threw with this pregnancy I have 2 1/2 more weeks to go an I can't wait whew

AmericanChild82
by on May. 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM

 I still have 14 weeks left. After this diagnosis I told dh this morning that I will not be having any more children. 3 is enough and I don't want to deal with this ever again. I'm so worried that I'll have do injections and the thought of having to poke myself several times a day makes me want to pass out. I hope they schedule the appointments I need soon because I have so many questions.

Quoting nisha723:

You still can eat what you want, you have to look at the carbs that's in it, if i was you i will eat snacks that only have 12grabs to 15grabs I know it sucks, cause I hate it as of right now, an no i don't take any pills or insulin it is all diet control I have to check my glucose 2hrs after breakfast, lunch, dinner, and night time if I'm up lol, oh and I have to check when I wake up in the morning before I eat breakfast. your doctor will give you all the information you will need to control your diabetes while being pregnant, good luck hun I'm almost threw with this pregnancy I have 2 1/2 more weeks to go an I can't wait whew

 

nisha723
by on May. 16, 2013 at 3:07 PM

It do sucks, I hate to have to poke my self every morning, but I have to do what I got to do for the time being. you won't need insulin, diet control is the best, even though you have to prick you finger 4 times a day :(

dusty10
by on May. 16, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I have it too, have to check my blood sugar 4 times a day. You can have some carbs,they will tell you how many at each meal/snack. I have to pretty much stick to meat,dairy and veggies for meals. Snacks I do greek yogurt,apple with pb or cheese and crackers

BethRae
by on May. 16, 2013 at 6:14 PM
I had it with my first. I was able to control it with a diet. I had to see a dietician and we came up with a diet together. I never had any complications from it. My daughter was full term and not even 6lbs. Just follow your drs instructions and you and your baby should be fine.

(Reason they're concerned about baby's size is because babies born from a mom with GD tend to be large baby's)
TishAw
by on May. 17, 2013 at 8:57 AM

I had gestational diabetes with my girls.  My first daughter came at 39 weeks and I should have had a csection. She had shoulder distoshia(her shoulders were too wide).she weighed 9 pds 5 0zs. My other daughter was delivered by csection at 38 weeks, and she weighed 9pds 6oz. My youngest daughter's sugar did drop when she was born, but they had staff waiting in case that happened.  Now they are happy and healthy little girls. Very blessed. 

stepconfused182
by on May. 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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 Ladies with gestational diabetes usually see their highest blood sugar reading in the AM, so it's best to eat the fewest amount of carbs for breakfast. Aim for 2-3 servings (30-45grams). Then eat a snack between breakfast and lunch with 1-2 servings of carbs (15-30grams). Lunch should be 4-5 servings (60-75grams), snack again between lunch and dinner of 1-2 servings of carbs and then dinner should be 4-5 servings of carbs. Eat a snack before bed that has 1-2 servings of carbs. Try to make your snacks have a protein with it, such as peanut butter and crackers, cereal, fruit with cheese, etc. Protein and fat are digested slower than pure carbohydrates so when you consume them together, your blood sugar will stay normalized for a longer period of time than if you would just eat pure carbohydrates. Learn to read food labels and try to stay away from concentrated sweets like candy, cake, soda, etc. If you do eat those, make sure to incorporate it into your total carbs for the day. I practiced as a Registered Dietitian for 3 years before becoming a pediatrician and worked a lot with gestational diabetes. It's very controllable and is a lot of times just temporary. If you can keep your blood sugar controlled with diet, you have a better chance of the diabetes being non existent after delivery. There's really nothing you absolutely can't eat, as long as you count the carbs and stay within your daily allowance.

mamakristena210
by Bronze Member on May. 17, 2013 at 9:51 AM
Dr. should be giving you advice on what to eat how do you see a nutritionist or something but being that you were only a little off you can control it by diet I was just a couple numbers off and I control mine by my whole diet my last pregnancy And I actually walked every day and I actually lost a little bit away while the baby was gaining Now that I'm pregnant again I have to go in early and test to make sure I don't have it again Are you ask your doctor and I'll give you a list of things that you should eat and then you'll have to poke yourself for times a day though
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