Panicking about Gestational Diabetes :( need advice!

Maria - posted on 05/07/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi all!
Next week i'm being tested for gestational diabetes as my son was born at 10lb 70z, although i had a great pregnancy with him and nothing was ever detected, had a natural birth and everything was good, because of the size of him they were concerned when i fell pregnant with baby number 2. Anyway, i wasn't worrying myself over it as large babies run in my mums side of the family, however, for the last two weeks, every morning when i wake up i've been getting itchy little spots appearing on my feet and legs. First, a couple appeared on my feet and i just put it down to heat rash from the recent nice whether, but like i said, new ones have been appearing everyday ever since. They only itch in the mornings though which i found strange, and the first ones that appeared have faded down to small red dots, they're now up to a quarter of my leg i would say. So, i thought i would google it and the first thing that flashed up was DIABETES in big red letters! Do you think i should get in contact with my midwife or wait for my glucose test next week at the hospital to mention it? I honestly just thought it was heat rash, and i don't want to waste anybodys time! Help!

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Anna - posted on 05/07/2011

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You could always ask, but it seems that symptoms fit with so many things. I had a large baby, 10lbs4oz, for my first pregnancy, NO GD, second baby was actually smaller, 8lbs13oz, NO GD. Have you changed laundry detergent on your sheets or possibly having a reaction to lotion? There are a few possibilities but if you are concerned, it does not hurt to call. I know that if they test you and you fail your first glucose test, you have to go in for a second but its not immediate. I failed my 1 hour test on Wednesday and now on Tuesday i'm going in for the 3 hr test. I was told it'll be a week before I get the results. Anyway what i'm trying to say is that if you do have it, it does not necessarily mean to rush in either. If you call and they're concerned they would have you come in and start the process maybe. Google is amazing but I think sometimes it freaks us out unnecessarily too. I know when I failed my first, I searched to see if any of the things I had fit it. I've been getting headaches daily lately and that can be tied to it. However, the majority of the things I found did say there are really no symptoms but some people may experience "such and such" things. Good luck though! And again if you are ever in doubt just call.

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Yalana - posted on 05/20/2011

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I had 3 huge boys and my daughter seems to be following in her brothers' footsteps in being big. I did not have GD with any of them, yet my friend whose 2nd son was just under 8 lbs had GD. It doesn't necessarily mean that having a big baby will cause you to have GD. It's a hormonal thing. You may be reacting to your laundry detergent or the grass if you've been walking barefoot or in open shoes such as sandals or flipflops. Our skin can become supersensitive during pregnancy, as our hormones are thrown into flux. Call your doc or nurse and tell them, but don't trust too much into what you find on the internet. Most websites are not run by trained physicians and tend to stir panic for those who believe everything they read. The more you worry, the more stressed out you will be over something that may not be that bad. If it is GD, it's not the end of the world.

Maria - posted on 05/16/2011

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I got my results back today - NO GESTATIONAL DIABETES!!! Yay!!! The spots are still there though and very itchy this evening!! Pffffttt to Google making me think silly things haha! Thanks ladies and Good Luck to you all too! :) x

Alison - posted on 05/13/2011

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I got the red, itchy spots on my legs with my first pregnancy and again with this one, and tested negative for diabetes both times. I'd bring it up with your midwife, just to get a professional opinion, but it could very well be your reaction to the heat. During pregnancy it seems my body becomes extremely warm, you may be the same. I wouldn't stress about it, but it wouldn't hurt to get your midwife's opinion! Good luck! :)

Melissa - posted on 05/13/2011

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I've never had GD but I am a type 1 diabetic so I guess you could say I always have GD. :) I have to say I have never had itchy spots as a symptom of diabetes and I've never heard of it either. Unfortunately common symptoms of high blood sugar are frequest urination, thirst, vision changes and tiredness and of course those are common symptoms of pregnancy. :) Don't stress about it because that never helps anything. Mention the spots to your doc, maybe try to schedule an appt when the spots are still there. As for the GD test, the test is the worst part. :) If you do end up with GD it simply means a diet change for you. They don't medicate pregnant wome unless they have to. So in preparation you can always look at your diet and think about what you can change. Think low carb, like the atkins diet. Anything you have to give up for a few months will be well worth it for a healthy baby!

Anna - posted on 05/07/2011

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LOL I totally understand the urinating thing..that was one of the things I found about it and I have been getting up during the night like every hour so that freaked me out too. (I'm used to the frequent urination with pregnancy so I was worried it was excessive) Now i'm just trying to watch what I drink before bed and what not to see if that affects it. Let me know how things go :)

Maria - posted on 05/07/2011

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I was a big baby when i was born, and my younger sister was a lot smaller than me too, so i'm hoping i follow in my mums footsteps! No i haven't changed anything, and have no pets so can't be bites, and nobody else is getting bitten in the house! I know what you mean about Google, i've had these itchy spots for about 2 weeks now and didn't think it was anything to do with the pregnancy, so it kind of shook me up this morning! The other symptoms, which i have got were urinating frequently and always being thirsty, but i thought that was part and parcel of pregnancy anyway! I'm confused! I think i'll just wait until my appointment next week and mention it then, as long as i know that if it is that and neither me or baby are in immediate danger then it'll be ok! Good luck with your next test, i hope it comes back negative! x

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