Anyone have info for me on Gestational Diabetes, I've just been diagnosed with it at 33 weeks and have changed my diet and am doing blood tests on myself 6 times a day. Any tips, suggestions, anything you have to share with me??

Patricia - posted on 06/23/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Anyone have info for me on Gestational Diabetes, I've just been diagnosed with it at 33 weeks and have changed my diet and am doing blood tests on myself 6 times a day. Any tips, suggestions, anything you have to share with me about it. I'm concerned about having a big baby due to it.

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Judy - posted on 04/03/2012

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I had gestational diabetes when I was preganat too but it was mild. I was able to regulate it with diet alone. Just be aware of the hidden sugar content in things. When I had my baby shower I had baked ziti that my aunt made and a small slice of Black Forest cake. The ziti made my sugar go up more than the cake did.

Tiffani - posted on 06/24/2009

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I had GD with my first son...met with a dietician every two weeks...stayed on track, he was 3 days late and healthy as could be. I did NOT have GD with my second and he weighed more than my first. I DID have it again with my third and we could not get it regulated. Two weeks before my due date the doc said he wanted to put me on insulin and I begged him not too. I ate like a pro (listening to the doc and dietician) and my third son was born with low blood sugar. Spent three days in the NICU but he is perfectly fine now. I don't tell you this to panic you because there is no need too. The drs know what they are doing you just need to relax and know that they will let nothing happen to you...I know, easier said than done.



So, I guess what I'm saying is, listening to your body, dr and dietician they have your best interests at heart. Stay calm and relaxed and everything will be fine.



Hope all this helps! Good luck to you and your family!

Cara - posted on 06/23/2009

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Hi Patricia, the only advice I can give is to keep doing what you are doing. My son was 10lb 4.5oz due to gestational diabetes. I had it again with both of my following pregnancies and with the right diet and testing blood sugars several times a day their birth weights were 7lb 12 and 8lb. I was lucky the diabetes left after I gave birth but I have heard of some women who remain diabetic afterwards.

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Kez - posted on 04/02/2012

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if you really want that chocolate bar or something sweet half it or cut it into 3 pieces have a piece every hour, i make a sneakers bar last 3 hrs plus im addicted to mints at the moment but have to have sugar free ones...also the same applies to your dinner eat half and then half and than the rest 1hr later if its rice or chips or something.

Fiona - posted on 06/25/2009

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The worst part about it is trying to eat enough food but still keep your blood sugar down. I ended up having a very high protein diet. Lots of chicken and bacon and yoghurt. It was so hard but I came out the other end 10kg lighter :). Sweet potato is awesome to fill you up and you can also get some really good sugar free chocolate. Mint is best to satsify cravings. Dont worry about having a big baby. If you keep your levels down you will be fine. My bub was 8pound 4ounces. I am tall so that is a great size for me. They told me that I didnt have to check my levels as much as i did but I felt alot better knowing that it was down all the time. Good luck. Oh and sparkling mineral water was good too with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.

Fran - posted on 06/24/2009

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I too had gestational diabetes for my pregnancy and I was able to manage my numbers with diet and a morning dose of glyburide...and my baby was born at 39 weeks (induced but vaginal) at 7 pounds 13 ounces; a totally healthy and normal weight! I pretty much ate the same things every day for breakfast, lunch and snacks- on a 30g, 45g and 60 g carb regiment...that worked really well for me. Special K has a cereal that is really low in carbs which I ate every morning. Strawberries are good, and grapes if you are craving sugar. It's totally do-able...I managed well and 6 weeks after delivery, diabetes is all gone so thats the good news! Best of luck- dont get too stressed, just take good care of yourself :)

Sangita - posted on 06/24/2009

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Try staying away from white food completely if you can help it. Try exercising so you burn down any sugar intakes. Don't fret too much as the sugar levels come down to complete normal after delivery. Anxiety can only add to your woes. Enjoy your last few weeks!!

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I had it with all three of my children. It can be a hassle, but the things that I noticed is... don't over test, excersise and sticking to the diet. Helps. And as another poster stated, I was told by my doctor that because of having it with each pregnancy that I was a canidate to have it after the baby was born, but thankfully, I didn't. Just like anything during pregnancy, even if it is minor, call your doctor, that is what they are getting paid for! Some hospitals have a nurse line in their OB ward that can help you too. Just try to stay positive...

Rosalie - posted on 06/24/2009

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Hi Patricia,
I had gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy and became very careful to cut back on sugar and only eat low GI foods, I also exercised at the local swimming pool as much as I could.
With my second pregnancy I was clear of diabetes and I haven't had it since.
Good luck, and don't let it get you down as it's a problem you can beat.
Rosie

Mary Beth - posted on 06/23/2009

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I had it with my first baby. I found that peanuts helped keep my sugar down. Follow your low carb diet. My doctor had me go to a class and they gave me a diet to follow. Mine was 7lb 12 oz...so, all was good. Just watch your diet and exercise.

Jennifer - posted on 06/23/2009

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My biggest advice is to *stay* *calm*. . . and, it *will* get worse the further along you are. My doctor did not explain this to me and I got upset because my blood sugar went up even as I was strict with my diet and did everything the doctor suggested. Also, stress/emotional upset will raise your blood sugars so try not to let yourself get too upset about this. Everything will be fine!

Melinda - posted on 06/23/2009

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I am 34 weeks along and I also have GD. I had it with my last two pregnancies too. One i could control it with diet. The next one I had to go on insilin. And I am on it again. My doctor had me go to a diebeties clinic to get educated on it. It is a great thing to do. They will teach you the right foods to eat and the right amounts to eat. It is also about spacing your meals out a little. Make sure you get some snacks in there. I don't always and sometimes get too low. If you have to take insilin it isn't so bad. I am taking 5 shots a day now for it. The needles are small and they don't hurt. So if you can the best bet is to get on the diabetic diet and exercise. If you have more questions I am happy to help out. Just send me a note. Good luck.

Tashia Ann - posted on 06/23/2009

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i had it with both my babys my first was preemie 8lbs an scond was preemie was 7lbs so yea your baby may be big! watching your carbs will help alot! an excersize as much as you can do all you can to stay off linsuln i was oh it

you really need to ask your doc about the rite things for you bc i couldnt have carbs or much fruit or sugar mine got that bad you can also take a nutrision class an thay will help you figure out a good meal plan for you! hope all go's well

Maria - posted on 06/23/2009

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I had it with my second pregnancy when my youngest son was born at 12 lbs. Your blood sugar normally drops to normal after the baby is born, but until then, you still have to watch your blood sugar as much as possible. And yes, you may have a more than the average normal weight of a baby because of it, but as long as the baby is healthy, there's nothing to worry about. Eat complex carbs and stay away from simple carbs and processed food as much as possible. If you crave sugar, eat fruits, yogurt, stuff that's good for you and the baby and will not spike your blood sugar. Walk daily, early in the morning as much as possible so you're not overheated.

Jennifer - posted on 06/23/2009

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Just make sure that your doctor checks the measurements more often you are getting to the point where you should be going once a week and ask about being induced at 38 weeks if you are measuring too big that is what I did and she was still 8lbs 9 ozs. If gestational diabetes is the only complication you have then 2 weeks early isnt going to hurt the baby one bit.

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I was really worried when I found out I had it too. But sticking to the low-glycemic diet and exercising, even if it's just a 30 minute walk after your meals makes all the difference. My daughter was 8 lbs and was a week late and is perfectly healthy. My biggest mistake was gorging myself on sugar and carbs after she was born and that's when I gained a bunch of weight!!

Cara - posted on 06/23/2009

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it's normal towards the end of the pregnancy to develop GD. It's caused by the rising hormone levels in your body. If you haven't already, go see a nutitionist and they will give you a nutrition plan to follow to make sure you are getting the right amount of protein and carbs etc.

I had it with all of my pregnancies. I have 4 beautiful healthy children! Walking after dinner will benefit your morning sugars as long as your doc gives you the ok.

Congratulations!

Angie - posted on 06/23/2009

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If your sugar is high try to stay active you will sweat it out and your sugar will go back down. Stick with changing you diet the way I look at it food wise is if it is white it ain't right lol.. Such as white bread,potatos,pasta etc..Try not to take in sugar if at all possible. Really that is all I can suggest. I hope I helped.. Good luck!!

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