how do you get your head round having gestational diabeties

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Gillian - posted on 04/21/2009

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Can i ask, has anyone on here with Gestational Diabeties also had/got Hyperemisis as well? I have had Hyperemisis all through my pregnancy but since cutting out sugar i have felt better, it may just be a coincidence, the 2 overlapping but not sure. Would be interested if any of you have had the same.

Gillian - posted on 04/14/2009

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Been to hospital today, thought i was doing ok but came home totally down and felt like i had been told off, been on strict diet and insulin but they were still not happy with my sugar levels. gone up to 4,4,8 and 5 at bedtime, i'm trying my best, feel so deflated!

Anna - posted on 04/11/2009

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Quoting Kristine:



Thats the funny thing...since being on the diet I've lost 5 pds! But like I said I am starving all the time, sometimes I feel like I wanna cheat but, can't because I know it's just not me being affected...hard tho. Has anyone else been told that they may have type 2? My endocrinologist said with my numbers from the very beginning that she believes that I was an undiagnosed type 2, just my luck!! I said to my husband that when I have this baby all's I want him to do is get me a pack of smokes, a large double double coffee and a big slice of chocolate cake...everything that I haven't been able to have. I may be able to get one of those items off the list but, without the coffee who knows if I'll want to go back to smoking??!! Has your drs told you that you will be able to get off the meds right away? Another thing is, I don't understand your sugar levels, I'm assuming Brenda that your from the states because the way you calculate sugar levels...if I was at a 90 here I'd be dead!! My endo has said she wants my numbers between 5.2 and 5.8(pretty strict) but, I NEVER achieve those numbers EVER!! Most days I hover in and around 10 to 11.5 and the further I get into the pregnancy the more insulin it takes to get those numbers...when I first started taking insulin I was spiking at 18 to 21!! VERY SCARY...I should ask as well, anyone considered plus size? When I became pregnant I was 5 '10 and 190pds so, dr classed me as over weight and "plus sized" I now weigh 209 ...talk soon ladies!! 






P.S its so nice to find people in the same "boat" as me, unfortunate but nice!!





I've got the same numbers as you, but just need to keep them below 6.0 before a meal and 8.0 1½ hour after a meal. Most of the time I'm between 4.8 and 5.7 before a meal and somewhere between 6.1 and 9.5 depending on the size of the meal. Hopefully it will stay that way for the last couple of weeks.

Brenda - posted on 04/10/2009

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Yes, I'm in the states. Normal range for fasting is 70-90 here, and 120-140 one hour after meals.  :)  The lady at my office doesn't usually put gest diabetics on insulin, she said she'd only given about four women injections in the last five years.  The pills seem to be working okay for me so far.



The only factor I have that puts me in risk category is weight (I weighed about 240 when I got pregnant, and well I still weigh about that because my weight has yo yo'd the entire time). 



My OB pretty much said as soon as they cut the cord and the placenta is delivered things should return to normal.  She said they'll monitor me the first 24 hours to make sure, but in almost all cases, it goes away really fast.  Like pre eclamsia (which I had last time) the only cure is having the baby!

Kristine - posted on 04/10/2009

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Thats the funny thing...since being on the diet I've lost 5 pds! But like I said I am starving all the time, sometimes I feel like I wanna cheat but, can't because I know it's just not me being affected...hard tho. Has anyone else been told that they may have type 2? My endocrinologist said with my numbers from the very beginning that she believes that I was an undiagnosed type 2, just my luck!! I said to my husband that when I have this baby all's I want him to do is get me a pack of smokes, a large double double coffee and a big slice of chocolate cake...everything that I haven't been able to have. I may be able to get one of those items off the list but, without the coffee who knows if I'll want to go back to smoking??!! Has your drs told you that you will be able to get off the meds right away? Another thing is, I don't understand your sugar levels, I'm assuming Brenda that your from the states because the way you calculate sugar levels...if I was at a 90 here I'd be dead!! My endo has said she wants my numbers between 5.2 and 5.8(pretty strict) but, I NEVER achieve those numbers EVER!! Most days I hover in and around 10 to 11.5 and the further I get into the pregnancy the more insulin it takes to get those numbers...when I first started taking insulin I was spiking at 18 to 21!! VERY SCARY...I should ask as well, anyone considered plus size? When I became pregnant I was 5 '10 and 190pds so, dr classed me as over weight and "plus sized" I now weigh 209 ...talk soon ladies!! 



P.S its so nice to find people in the same "boat" as me, unfortunate but nice!!

Rachel - posted on 04/10/2009

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Kristine, my insulin doses aren't quite as high but I'm on 10R & 10N before breaskfast and 13R & 15N before dinner (I started at 10/10 mornings and 5/5 evenings). I'm also on a pretty strict diet set by the dietician and its really hard for me to eat everything I'm supposed to! Its way more food than I ate on my own and the further along I get, the harder it is to get it all down :p But they can't cut it back because I'm having a hard time gaining (most weeks I've lost but the last few visits have shown me up at least 1/2 pound so yay!).

Gillian - posted on 04/10/2009

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To Kristine, wow, my units are nothing compared to yours! But i have been told they will increase with the pregnancy, at the moment i have 2 units of Novorapid with breakfast and lunch, 5 with dinner and 3 units of the slow release one at bed time. I'm hoping i will be able to keep it under control and have a natural birth but we wont know till its time. Its not easy is it, having to think about everything you put in your mouth and wondering what effect it is having on your baby, plus everyone is different, so what works for one person may not for someone else.



I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you and me!

Brenda - posted on 04/09/2009

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I've got a sonogram this next week for 37 weeks so my doc can check size again.  At my first one he was 5.5 pounds and I was at 34 weeks then.  I won't be allowed to go past my due date for sure, and we'll see what happens at the next sonogram.



Mine is not insulin dependent but i"m on the pill, 5 mg in the morning to control my morning sugars which were sky high, and 2.5 at night to lower my fasting numbers, which were around 90-100 and never any lower.  She assured me that no matter the diet, the condition is sometimes very hard to control because there is more to it than what we eat.



I eat a lot of sandwhiches, and drink diet stuff which I used to swear I'd never do.  I'm very much against artificial sweetners, but when faced with water or diet I have to have something besides water now and then.  However, anyone that drinks tea or coffee, I recommend using Truvia (natural sweetner with 3 carbs and no calories and twice as sweet as sugar).  I just got some and was pleased with it.

Kristine - posted on 04/09/2009

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Hi ladies



New to the group, I am 33.5 weeks and was diagnosed with G.D at 28 weeks...It has been a very hard time for me, this is my 3rd pregnancy and first time with G.D. I am insulin dependant and have been adjusted 5 times since being diagnosed...I now take 18 units NPH in the morn with 18 units novorapid, 18 units(novorapid) with lunch, 18 units(novorapid)with supper and 25 units NPH in the evening...anyone else on these types of insulin? and if so, how much? I feel like im starving ALL the time!! I went for an ultrasound at 31.5 weeks and was told later by dr that she measures 5.5pds and in the 90th percentile!! I was told that i will be induced due to sugars still not being controlled well enough and size of baby, anyone else being induced due to these issues?? Please get back with any info or comments



Thanks



Kristine

Gillian - posted on 04/09/2009

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Just been for scan, all good, baby average weight for 32 weeks, so hopefully if i can keep up the diet control and insulin, all should proceed normally, huge relief i can tell you! x

Anna - posted on 04/09/2009

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I'm managing it with a strickt diet. No milkproducts in the morning, a lot of vegetables during the day, and only one piece of fruit during the afternoon. Try to control the amount of carbs especially during the evening. If I eat to much at night my morning bloodsugar is too high.



I took the 2 hour test at 28 weeks as the result was too high I was transferred to another hospital that has the expertise to treat Gestationel Diabetes. Was scanned to see if our little princess was affected by the diabetes. At the moment she is about 11% over the average, but still within the limits. I am now 33 weeks. According to the doctor they might consider a C-Section a couple of weeks early if she keeps on gaining to much weight, but not before I'm 37-38 weeks.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/08/2009

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I've been giving myself injections for weeks now.  I got tested early as my sister had it when she was pregnany (20 weeks when I was tested).  I sometimes think it is just a pile of crap - I forgot to take my insulin one night and was lower in the morning than on nights I remember!  More than once the doctor has increased my insulin with the result of my blood sugar going through the roof on my next blood test.



I just count down the weeks (7ish for me), knowing that it will all be over then.  I am also making a firm commitment to start changing things in my diet and excerise earlier in the next pregnancy.

Trudie - posted on 04/07/2009

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The thing to do with GD is control your diet and test as you should everyday. As you test you can monitor what you eat and it's effect on your blood sugar. I was diagnosed with GD early and was required to see a dietician but my husband monitored my eating himself and i got it under control. I spent two nights in the hospital when i was first diagnosed so that my doc could determine if i needed insulin or i could monitor it by diet only which i did. You should keep also in mind that this GD is not the fault of your baby and it also affects her if it is not controlled. Do not worry about your bonding that'll happen for you but think of how much love you'll share and this GD and problems will all be gone soon and you'll have a lovely child in your life knowing you did everything  to help her born healthy. All the best! PS. The funny thing for me is that this is the healthiest i've eaten for years

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i have to go for the 2 hour test and not looking forwaed to it....it makes me sick...with the first test i was just on the boarder line....how important is this sugar test and what would happen if i didnt get it?i have never had problems with my sugar till this pregnancy and this is my third..im 32 weeks pregnant

Schmoopy - posted on 04/06/2009

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Ugh. I've been able to control mine with diet, but it sucks. Very rigid - and I'm not at all used to that. Counting carbs, eating strictly by the clock, and "free foods"??? HA! All that's on my list for "free foods" are celery, cucumber and condiments. Puh-leez.

The only thing that's keeping me going is knowing that it's temporary. 6 weeks to go....

I feel for you, and I wish you lots of luck in sticking it out. Just hang in there - it will be over soon.

Rachel - posted on 04/03/2009

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I think its easier for me because its been gradual :p My OB did the testing early because I was insulin resistant before being pregnant--my numbers were off, I saw the dietician, and spent many months controlling through diet alone. About a month ago, the bloodwork was showing that diet alone wasn't working anymore and I started insulin. I'm very disciplined when it comes to diet, testing, shots, etc and even the doctor's are impressed with the tight control I have over my numbers :p I've had a few minor adjustments in my insulin levels but I think knowing my little guy needs me to keep things under control so he isn't adversely affected helps me deal with it. Although I do admit to getting peeved at my husband for offering me ice cream when he knows I can't have it! I have five weeks to go so knowing the end is in sight helps, too!

Kara - posted on 04/03/2009

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heya iv got to be tested for this on tuesday not looking forward to it and i have 6weeks left :( hope everything is ok for you xx

Gillian - posted on 04/03/2009

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Seen all the right people, all of which are lovely, got medication, being monitored to see if unit of injections needs to go up, starting to get my head round it now. Just feel like this pregnancy has been one problem after another and be glad when she is born, just hope all this doesnt affect my bonding with her! Also had Hyperemasis all the way through!

Brenda - posted on 04/02/2009

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It sucks.  I hate counting carbs.  And now I'm on the pill that lowers my blood sugar and it drops it to LOW levels during the day just to get it under control in the morning.  Not fun.  I couldn't take the 3 hour test.  I started it and threw up and passed out on them, so it kinda sucked.  Be glad to not have to stick myself four times a day!

Cheryl - posted on 04/02/2009

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How many weeks are you and did you take the 3 hour test? Did you meet with a diabetes counselor to review dietary management? Or do you need insulin? I was able to manage by slight changes in when I eat carbs. It wasn't much of a change at all for me.

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