Gestational diabetes

Michelle - posted on 01/13/2009 ( 57 moms have responded )

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I am 24 weeks pregnant and was just told I have gestational diabetes. I'm so stressed! Has anyone gone through this?

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Aarthi - posted on 09/14/2011

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Hi. I also had gestational diabetes during my second pregnancy. I had some high number but nothing too serious. Watch your diet as best you can and don't stress. The more you obsess about it the more difficult it is to control. My baby was not too big, developed beautifully and is now a healthy and lively 3 year old! Good luck! Aarthi

Brenda - posted on 03/11/2009

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I was just diagnosed with possible gestational diabetes.  I'm on a week long test of taking my sugars four times a day and following the diet to see how it goes because I ended up getting sick during the three hour glucose test.  Unfortunately, getting sick during it makes it more likely that I actually have it, so I have to be monitored.  Unfortunately, every morning when I first get up my level is between 90 and 100, so I'm guessing they're not going to let me off the diet after a week.  I only have one risk factor (weight) so it is unusual for it have shown up in me, but not unheard of.  I know how you feel, I'm extremely stressed out by having to follow a gestational diabetes diet and I feel hungry all the time too, so I'm hoping that I get used to it or this baby gets here soon.  I'm 32 weeks now, so I'm just counting the days till the baby gets here...

FoyUpdate - posted on 05/13/2012

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Yes, I am now seven weeks into dealing with gestational diabetes. At first I felt like I let my baby down then I felt like my body let me down. After reading and research, I realize it's not my fault that it's a genetic roll of the dice. Now that I am diagnosed I can make sure my blood sugar is controled.



I wrote a blog post about my experience and a lot of the information I wanted to know when I failed the first test and then later after the 3rd test when it was official.



http://www.foyupdate.blogspot.com/2012/0...

Candida - posted on 03/12/2009

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when i was pregnant with my first child i too had gestational diabetes....take it from me ...its not that bad.....don't be getting stressed over it.....you do have to follow a certain diet with gestational diabetes......and you have to check your blood.....if you can try to go for walks .......i remember that they told me that i was going to have a 9 lb baby because usually when you have diabetes you tend to have big babies....let me tell you my son was only 7lb 1 1oz...... a year later i was pregnant again and i did not have gestational diabetes with the second child.....by having the diabetes i think it makes you eat healthier ...

Beth - posted on 01/14/2009

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Hi Michelle, I actually went through it 3 times.  My first 2 pregnancies I was able to control it with proper gestational diabetes diet, but the last I had to start insulin injections.  The worst part was not getting to eat all the foods that you soooo crave when you are pregnant.  In my case it was sweets, pastas and breads.  In the end I weighed less than I did before I got pregnant, so that is one upside to it!  Not sure if you have gotten an answer yet, but Splenda is the only kind of sweetener that I was allowed to use.  I drank mostly water, but if I had any soft drinks it was diet caffeine free drinks with Splenda.  Also I made Kool Aid with Splenda instead of sugar.  It helped to not get too bored with just water.  On my gestational diabetes diet I was only allowed very few startches and 4 cups of milk a day.  It was not bad though and in the end I felt much better and was much healthier.   Don't worry about it too much!  Just avoid the starches and carbs and you will do fine!  Good luck!

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Shira - posted on 03/12/2009

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Hi Michelle,

Yes, I went through this. I had to take insulin shots 3 times a day before each meal up until labor began. the insulin helped my numbers stay steady, but i also had to follow a very strict gestational diabetes diet by my endocrinologist and a nutritionist. it was a pain in the neck and i hated that i couldn't eat all sorts of stuff that i loved, but one you have the baby, you no longer have gestational diabetes.

Michelle - posted on 03/12/2009

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Brenda,



I know how you feel! I'll be 33 weeks tomorrow and can't wait for this to be overwith lol.

I was diagnosed at 24 weeks and it's really not as bad as I thought! I have some days were my blood sugar may be a little to high or a little too low but for the most part I'm managing really well. You said that in the morning your fasting glucose is between 90 and 100...I don't think that's a bad thing is it? My doctor said that my fasting glucose level should be around 98 and it typically is anywhere between mid-80's to mid-90's. I learned not to stress out about the diet with gestational diabetes because it makes it worse. I know it's not ideal to not be able to eat pretty much what you want when you want and I find that now that I'm near the end I'm more hungry then before, but I know I have to keep control of it. I get very upset when my levels are higher then they are supposed to be and sometimes I don't understand why because I feel I ate the right amount of carbs and protein that I'm allowed. But my nutritionist said I'm doing great overall, so that was a relief! You will do fine too, just don't get stressed!

Candida - posted on 01/14/2009

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I found out later on into my pregnancy that I had gestational diabetes , when I first heard the news I felt the same way.......but once I sat with a dietician and she went over what and how much I could eat , i found out the diet with gestational diabetes is not so bad.....and my doctor did tell me that if i did not control my eating habits that i would have to have medication. I was really watched what i ate because I did not want to take anything else. just fyi ...i had my second child and did not have gestational diabetes with my second pregnancy...

Sharon - posted on 01/14/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

You all have made me feel so much better! I've been eating lots of veggies with dinner and lots of cheese! I didnt realize about the fruit...I've been eating bananas a lot. I have cuts sweets out. Some things may have 2g of sugar like cereal and I have bought other things that are sugar free such as bread and jelly. I found a sugar-free breyers ice cream though its sweetened with splenda so thats something I need to ask the doctor about!



Hello again Michelle,



The thing is you still need some sugars or you can go hypoglycemic (I'm more prone to that anyway), also not good for you or your baby.  If you haven't had much sugar and you start feeling weird...shaking, sweaty/clammy, light-headed/fuzzy, numb...that's a hypoglycemic reaction and a glass of milk is the best, but a piece of candy will get your sugars up quick if you are out or going down quickly (preferably followed by more of a stabilizer {some milk, cheese, crackers even, peanut butter} as soon as you can or else you'll 'crash'...the blood sugar goes up fast and comes down fast leaving you feeling worse and of course worse for the baby as well, but you don't have to be anal...it happens and with my first especially I had several things that didn't go well, including getting sick (vomitting included) and having to try to figure out what to do while on insuliln, pregnant, etc with that (talking to dr's...).  It was not related to the diabetes by the way, I've been lucky enough to be pretty sick with 2 of my pregnancies.  The other I was dehydrated and put on bed rest...both kids came out fine and have been very healthy.



  Another thing though is that artificial sugars do cause similar reactions some times, some how, I don't remember exactly how that works but your body doesn't always know the difference or something (sorry) so you won't want to rely on those anyway, better to stick to real, whole foods as much as possible in my opinion, you know just what you're getting.  That was one of the big differences between my first pregnancies and the others.  My oldest brother is diabetic (a bad one) but I didn't really realize that then and we lived near each other and so I was listening to him about things. :-(

Katherine - posted on 01/14/2009

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Until you get your glucose monitor and talk to a nutritionist, a good rule of thumb is to have 2 servings of carbs for breakfast, maybe a mid-morning snack that is protein (like a boiled egg or a cheese stick), 3 servings of carbs for breakfast, 1 serving of carbs for a mid-afternoon snack, then another 3 servings of carbs for dinner. If you are eating food with labels, a servings of carbs is 15 grams of carbs (although if the label states it has any fiber in it, you can subtract the fiber, so a slice of bread that has 10 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber is only 7 grams net carbs so 2 slices will equal 1 serving). For food without labels, such as fruits and potatoes, usually about half a cup or something the size of your fist is one serving. A small piece of fruit is considered one serving of carbs, as is one glass of milk. Sweeter fruits, such as papaya, have more carbs in them, so you should have even less than something the size of your fist for 1 serving. I hope this helps! Good luck! Everything will get much simpler once you get that monitor and talk to a nutritionist, they are wonderful. Also, don't worry too much. One week of waiting isn't going to hurt your baby if your sugars go over here or there.

Katherine - posted on 01/14/2009

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Until you get your glucose monitor and talk to a nutritionist, a good rule of thumb is to have 2 servings of carbs for breakfast, maybe a mid-morning snack that is protein (like a boiled egg or a cheese stick), 3 servings of carbs for breakfast, 1 serving of carbs for a mid-afternoon snack, then another 3 servings of carbs for dinner. If you are eating food with labels, a servings of carbs is 15 grams of carbs (although if the label states it has any fiber in it, you can subtract the fiber, so a slice of bread that has 10 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber is only 7 grams net carbs so 2 slices will equal 1 serving). For food without labels, such as fruits and potatoes, usually about half a cup or something the size of your fist is one serving. A small piece of fruit is considered one serving of carbs, as is one glass of milk. Sweeter fruits, such as papaya, have more carbs in them, so you should have even less than something the size of your fist for 1 serving. I hope this helps! Good luck! Everything will get much simpler once you get that monitor and talk to a nutritionist, they are wonderful. Also, don't worry too much. One week of waiting isn't going to hurt your baby if your sugars go over here or there.

Katherine - posted on 01/14/2009

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Until you get your glucose monitor and talk to a nutritionist, a good rule of thumb is to have 2 servings of carbs for breakfast, maybe a mid-morning snack that is protein (like a boiled egg or a cheese stick), 3 servings of carbs for breakfast, 1 serving of carbs for a mid-afternoon snack, then another 3 servings of carbs for dinner. If you are eating food with labels, a servings of carbs is 15 grams of carbs (although if the label states it has any fiber in it, you can subtract the fiber, so a slice of bread that has 10 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber is only 7 grams net carbs so 2 slices will equal 1 serving). For food without labels, such as fruits and potatoes, usually about half a cup or something the size of your fist is one serving. A small piece of fruit is considered one serving of carbs, as is one glass of milk. Sweeter fruits, such as papaya, have more carbs in them, so you should have even less than something the size of your fist for 1 serving. I hope this helps! Good luck! Everything will get much simpler once you get that monitor and talk to a nutritionist, they are wonderful. Also, don't worry too much. One week of waiting isn't going to hurt your baby if your sugars go over here or there.

User - posted on 01/13/2009

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hello michelle,



my baby is now 14 months old. i had gestational diabetes when i was at 16 months...along with various other ailments. it is very stressful...my doctor prescribed the eppipen. you just click the dose prescribed and stick yourself with the pen and press on the end. you don't have to hassle with all of the needles and the mess with the others. i found it very easy when i bought the calorie counting book..."try THIS not THAT"...it really helped me eat the propper things to stay away from bad glucose levels. it also includes what to buy at fast food restauraunts like Mc Donalds...and eat-in restauraunts like streak-n-shake...etc. but the best thing for you to do is just relax and get the help needed for YOU and your baby. stress wise: get somebody else to give you the shots...it makes you feel nurtured (which when i was pregnant...it was very important to me) and you don't have to deal with shooting yourself. take nice luke-warm baths!!!! always a de-stresser. and just remember MOST gd's are cured when they have their baby. the day i had mine...my gestational diabetes was GONE! yay!

Rachel - posted on 01/13/2009

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I was border line all 4 times with my kids, most of the time u can manage your weight and exercise.

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yes it not so bad u just have to eat a diet with gestational diabetes but it can be controlled a little advice go for a ten min walk aftewr each meal



 

LeaAnne - posted on 01/13/2009

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I had gestational diabetes with my first pregnancy. I was put on a 1200 calorie diet and stuck to it pretty well. I had five other pregnancies and never had the problem again. Good luck, I'm sure you'll be fine.

Joy - posted on 01/13/2009

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Yes, I have.  Twice, as a matter of fact.  It WILL be okay.  Ask questions.  Lots of questions and keep asking until you're satisfied with the answers.  www.onetouchgold.com has lots of information to help you plan meals.  Follow your diabetic diet & test as often as you've been instructed.



Have you been sent to a dietician or anyone else to help manage your g.d.?  Ask for all the help they can give you.



Even though I'm an RN, I'd never poked my own finger.  It was something I had to take a deep breath & just DO.  In nursing school, they suggested using the sides of your fingertips instead of the pads.  I did this & used one hand per day, alternating hands & even sides of fingers.  It prevented a lot of soreness. 



Remember that it's all carbs & not just sugar.  Balancing carbs & protein is important.  Even 5 minutes of exercise can make a big difference in your glucose levels.

Becky - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi...I too was diagnosed with gestational diabetes when I was 24 weeks pregnant. I was so freaked out about it too because it happened around Christmas time...when I ate the most sweets. I was so mad at myself because I thought I caused it by eating those sweets so close (within a week) of having the test. My doctor sent me to a nutritionist and with her help, I was set on a diet for gestational diabetes consiting of foods that I liked. She gave me some handouts with foods that I could take. But in the end, I figured out what I needed to do...balance my carbs with proteins. The proteins helped balance out the carbs that I took in. I was able to eat McDonalds if I wanted (a 4 pc chicken nuggets, side salad and a bottle of water) and I was more than satisfied. I also had to check my blood several times a day. I know when I didn't exercise (walk around) after eating because my numbers seemed higher than normal (not over the limit high...but higher). The main thing to remember...and several others have said it...is DON'T STRESS YOURSELF!!! That stress does infact transfer to your baby. Think happy thoughts. And don't worry yourself...it will work itself out. Good luck!

Mary - posted on 01/13/2009

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I was borderline with my 1st baby, and then in my 5th month with my 2nd I got diabetes. I tried controlling my diet, but I was a manager for Panera Bread. Didn't happen. But I took the insulin shots, which was the most terrifying thing that first shot. I was a wreck. Then I did it and it was NO BIG DEAL. I survived, and you will too. It really isn't as scary as it seems and so many women have gone through it. The best part about it is that as soon as you deliver, it goes away. I had godiva chocolates waiting for me right after the birth.   Both my kids are happy and healthy and I am too. The really important thing is that after it's all over take really good care of yourself because you will be more prone to diabetes in the future! Good Luck

Michelle - posted on 01/13/2009

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You all have made me feel so much better! I've been eating lots of veggies with dinner and lots of cheese! I didnt realize about the fruit...I've been eating bananas a lot. I have cuts sweets out. Some things may have 2g of sugar like cereal and I have bought other things that are sugar free such as bread and jelly. I found a sugar-free breyers ice cream though its sweetened with splenda so thats something I need to ask the doctor about!

Natasha - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi, i had gestational diabetes when i was pregnant don't worry to much about it all you have to do is watch what you eat don't eat anything with sugar and you'll be ok my baby is 6 months old now

Jennifer - posted on 01/13/2009

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I have a 9 month old son and was diagnosed with gestational diabetes with him. I was so upset at first because I was already taking shots for another condition (MTHFR) and had progresterone, blah. It really wasn't bad. I was able to control it with diet. I also had to check my sugar 4 times a day but the prick wasn't bad at all. Remember that carbs. turn into sugar and fruit also carries sugar. I lived on peanut butter and cheese

:-) They also say that walking after a meal is good. I also went to see a dietian and they were a BIG help!!!! Goodluck!!!!!

Heather - posted on 01/13/2009

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I had gestational diabetes for both of my pregnancies.  Meeting with a nutritionist will definitely benefit you.  Until then just watch your carb intake.  They will go through with you what you can & can't eat.   It sounds hard at first but it becomes a part of life and you get used to it.  For me it worked to my benefit in the end because I lost an extra 10 pounds after each pregnancy.  I'm 20 pounds lighter now than before I had kids! 

Maria - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi michelle

I am insulin dependent diabetic I was very tightly controlled during my 2nd pregnancy i only gained 10lbs my son was born at 8lb. My 3rd pregnancy wasnt as good my diabetes wasnt tightly controlled I had very poor sugar levels which resulted in my daughter being born 2 weeks early by c section weighing 10lb 10oz. If you control your sugars you shouldnt have any problems

Katherine - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hey Michelle! I had the same thing, and my daughter was born super healthy at 7 1/2 pounds. Actually, many say that babies of moms who have gestational diabetes tend to be healthier because moms with this condition pay more attention to having a good diet and it shows in the baby. My best advice would be to relax, walk as much as you have time for and is comfortable (exercise is always good), and eat small amounts regularly during the day. Also remember, fruit is carbohydrates and will make your blood sugar go up, many people don't know this.

Sunni - posted on 01/13/2009

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I know this may sound weird but it was honestly the best thing that ever happened to me! I was able to not gain a lot of weight and I felt awesome throughout my pregnancy. Once you get over the checking your blood and eating...it becomes a habit. I had to check in with a nurse every week. I had to report every blood count and write down what I wrote. That helped me stay on top of it. I ended up only gaining 30lbs with my first child. She weighed 7lbs 4oz. So stay on top of it and be vigilant with it. Just think..it is your first job as a mom!

Jennifer - posted on 01/13/2009

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I also have gestational diabetes; I was diagnosed at 28 weeks and am currently 34 weeks pregnant. I have to follow a diet for gestational diabetes and check blood glucose 4 times a day. I also take a medication called glyburide at night which helps my pancreas produce more insulin. I am currently not on insulin shots.



I also go twice a week for non stress tests, and every four weeks for an ultrasound. It's not fun paying so much attention to every single food I eat, but there are far worse complications in pregnancy.

Kirsty - posted on 01/13/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

I am 24 weeks pregnant and was just told I have gestational diabetes. I'm so stressed! Has anyone gone through this?



 



Hi Michelle, 1stly CONGRATULATIONS!!!!  My daughter is due to have her 1st baby nxt month & last month she was told she had gestational diabetes, we've managed to control it with watching what she eats,, trying to cut out all sugary foods.  My mother-in-law is insulin diabetic & she asured us it is really common in pregnancy & most of the time it goes away as soon as uve given birth.  Try not to worry to much & if u need  to ask any questions have a word with ure mid-wife or ure Dr, Plz let us all no how things go & let us no the arrival of ure little bundle of joy  Ttfn Kirsty xx

Sharon - posted on 01/13/2009

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Ah, yes... awful!  It's amazing how the thought can bring up the taste/ feeling of those tests even now! lol

Michelle - posted on 01/13/2009

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thanks everyone! I hated the 3 hr glucose test...drinking that gross orange stuff in a matter of 5 minutes, yuck! I tried so hard to keep it down. That and I was starving too and couldn't eat lol

Sharon - posted on 01/13/2009

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This might help you relax too, a 38 year old diabetic friend of mine (with 2 older kids) just gave birth to a perfectly healthy little boy a couple of weeks ago.  He was delivered early in a planned C-section and weighed over 8 pounds.  She's a regular diabetic w/ meds and older, and they both did just fine.  She has a pretty easy-going personality too, I do think that helps all around.  Let us know what the doctors tell you!  They'll either give you diabetic meal planning info, actual plan/s for you, or set up or suggest seeing a nutritionist/ diabetic coach,etc. :-)

Sharon - posted on 01/13/2009

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OH!  The glucose tolerance tests!  The first one I had made me so sick, and I wasn't able to vomit...I hate cola anyway and the glucose one!  UGH!  That was all they had. :-(  My suggestion, since you'll most likely need at least one of these tests as well is to realize the stuff is basically the syrup they use in the restraunt machines, try to get a flavor (and there are a whole lot now) you can tolerate/ like.  I always did orange when able to because it's like that sicky sweet McDonald's orange stuff, at least it was like something I'd had before...

Rebecca - posted on 01/13/2009

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Yes, don't freak yourself out everything will be ok. The doctors will monitor you very closely and ask you to test your blood sugar you will become a pro. Just watch what you eat nothing to high in carbs and drink lots of water. Take Fenugreek its an herbal supplement it helps regulate your blood sugar. Make sure you get a Parinatologist they will keep a better eye on you then the regular OB and they are way more helpful and forgiving also. My Obs tended to freak out a lot if my blood sugar would get high. Also be careful of low blood sugar this isn't good for you or your baby I ended up in the hospital with this a couple of time no fun. But don't get to worried both my daughters turned out fine and my friend had it also and her daughter turned out fine. The exsperience will make you more intuned with your body and you will have a ton of ultra sounds to boot.

Alison - posted on 01/13/2009

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I had it towards the end of my pregnancy, God how I hated those glucose tolerance tests, anyway fortunatly I didn't have to take any shots just control my diet a bit, the end result was that my baby was growing to fast and I had to have a C section 2 weeks before my due date.

And the splenda thing I souldn't see why not but you are better of asking an expert contact a nutritionist, I think its wiser...

Good luck with everything

xxx

Heather - posted on 01/13/2009

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This is so common. It is nothing you should be stressed about. I had it and controlled my diet and was fine. I was induced a week early and had a perfectly healthy baby!!!

Andrea - posted on 01/13/2009

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dont stress your self out i also had it, you just need to watch your diet and most of the time it gos away after the pregnency my daughter is now almost 3mo and she is healthy and has no problems and i do not have it any more hopefully that helps you feel better

Denise - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi Michelle.....



I had gestational diabetes toward the end of my pregnancy.  One try to remain calm.  Once you deliver it will go away.  The diabetes is in the placenta......so once you deliver it is gone.  Secondly the only thing I had to do was prick my finger every day which is a pain, but doing this saved me from have to have insulin.  So my suggestion is do what your doc tells ya and just stay calm.  You will be fine!



 

Michelle - posted on 01/13/2009

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thats very true! I have to get another ultrasound on Jan 20th to check up on the fluid around the baby, which I guess is a result of the diabetes.

Sharon - posted on 01/13/2009

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Oh yeah, and about the non-stress tests, I'm sure they'll have you do at least a few (I had them weekly with my oldest), I thought they were great, I sat back, relaxed and listened to my wonderful babies heartbeat.  Any stress you have will go to the baby, best advice for any mom is relax about enjoy.   Information always makes me happier/ more content too.  Ask questions, lots of them, keep a notebook to remember any questions you have about the pregnancy, diabetes, any problems, concerns, stuff about after the baby is born...  Relax and enjoy, even if things aren't going how you'd like.  Stress doesn't make anything better ever.  There's a quote I'll butcher probably: stress doesn't add anything to today, it only robs from tomorrow. :-)

Deanne - posted on 01/13/2009

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Michelle, for my 2nd son I ended up having gestational diabetes.. You'll be fine if you follow the diet, do as your doc. says and keep and eye on things. Unfortunately for me we didn't realize it till my son was born. I knew something was off during my last trimester and my doc didn't seem to be too worried :( . But luckily I gave birth to a real go getter.

Shira - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi Michelle,
I am in fact going through Gestational Diabetes right now. I was a little further along than you when it was discovered, and now I am almost 39 weeks and managing it well. This is my first pregnancy. I was stressed also when I got the news. I've had to adjust my diet (it took a while to figure out what works and what doesn't). I saw a nutritionist which helped me in picking the foods that I can eat. Plus, I now see an endocrinologist. I shoot insulin 3 times a day, once before each meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's a pain in the neck but you will get used to it. I also have to test my blood seven times a day: once upon awaking, then before and after each big meal (not b4/after snacks), and then once late at night before bedtime.

Yeah it's like torture if you like to snack, or even if you like bread for that matter, but there are ways to manage your GD without depriving yourself too much. For instance, I learned that I can still snack on nuts and peanut butter, which has been a godsend for me. Talk to your doc about what foods you can/can't eat. I also learned that I can have an Atkins bar every once in a while as a snack as well (but I've been eating those only later in the pregnancy since fake sugars aren't that great for the developing fetus).

I know it's stressful, but you will get through it!
Shira

Sharon - posted on 01/13/2009

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I would say don't stress it then, almost for sure things will be fine, especially since you are already concerned.  All of my children came out fine, diabetics tend to have bigger babies (plus my family does anyway, but diabetes does run in my family).  My oldest was 9 pounds 4 ounces.  I always say though that big babies want out, they help (quick delieries too, I was given pitocin with her to 'jump start' and she was born just about 4 hours later).



  Don't concentrate on avoiding foods, etc. just eat a well rounded meal (follow the food pyramid and you'll be in good shape), more smaller meals, carbs do turn to sugar and you are watching how much of those you have, but meals and regular snacks will be good.  If you like veg's you're in good shape because it takes about 3 servings to equal the sugars from starches (includes potatoes), fruit, milk and other carbs.  If you're a big eater or want something more there are even free food to help fill you up (such as celery).



I feel like I've been all over the gestational diabetes field, though my youngest is 11 and there have been some changes (for instance they didn't give pill forms of insulin in 1990 when my oldest was born and so the shots were the only option, I had to be put in the hospital for I think it was 3 days, in the maternity ward, to make sure I was regulated and learned to give myself the shots).

Sharon - posted on 01/13/2009

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I would say don't stress it then, almost for sure things will be fine, especially since you are already concerned.  All of my children came out fine, diabetics tend to have bigger babies (plus my family does anyway, but diabetes does run in my family).  My oldest was 9 pounds 4 ounces.  I always say though that big babies want out, they help (quick delieries too, I was given pitocin with her to 'jump start' and she was born just about 4 hours later).



  Don't concentrate on avoiding foods, etc. just eat a well rounded meal (follow the food pyramid and you'll be in good shape), more smaller meals, carbs do turn to sugar and you are watching how much of those you have, but meals and regular snacks will be good.  If you like veg's you're in good shape because it takes about 3 servings to equal the sugars from starches (includes potatoes), fruit, milk and other carbs.  If you're a big eater or want something more there are even free food to help fill you up (such as celery).



I feel like I've been all over the gestational diabetes field, though my youngest is 11 and there have been some changes (for instance they didn't give pill forms of insulin in 1990 when my oldest was born and so the shots were the only option, I had to be put in the hospital for I think it was 3 days, in the maternity ward, to make sure I was regulated and learned to give myself the shots).

Michelle - posted on 01/13/2009

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thanks! I guess my biggest problem until I get to see the doctor is I have no idea what I can eat, so I dont want to do any harm until then. I've just been trying to really cut down on carbs and I haven't eaten any sweets. Hopefully I'm doing the right thing until I know for sure. I've also been walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes per day, until I broke my toe the other day ugh!

Tia - posted on 01/13/2009

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i am currently pregnant.  I have three children. In my last pregnancy, i also had gestational diabetes. To be honest, it really turned out to be a great thing for me.  I was never healthier during any of my previous pregnancies as in that last one.  I ate super well.  i gained a lot less unneeded weight from unhealthy cravings i would give in to when i didn't have to think about my diet.   it was a little inconvenient at times.  I mean, i did not love checking my blood sugar and whatnot.  I love that I better understand my body and its dietary needs so much more today.  Seriously, do not let it stress you out.  The stress can be worse on you and the baby than this little glitch.  God bless you with your remaining time.

Michelle - posted on 01/13/2009

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Thanks everyone! You're answers have been helpful and hopefully I can relax a little =)

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I had gestational diabetes, I was able to control it by just dieting. I went to a dietitian and she set me up with daily meal plans. When I followed that my sugar was good. The only thing different other than not getting to eat whatever I wanted was I had to have nonstress test every week for the last 4 weeks and then was induced at 38 weeks. I had an easy pregnancy and a happy, healthy little girl only weighting 7lbs 2oz.
Just try not to stress to much cause sometimes the stress can be harder on you then the diabetes itself. Wishing you the best with the rest of your pregnancy.

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This is my first pregnancy. My father has type 2 diabetes, but he just got it a few years ago resulting from a problem with his pancreas. So I don't think it's genetic. I have no other risk factors. My appointment with the doctor isn't until next week and until then I feel so lost as to what I can and can't eat and how many carbs I can have and mostly I'm worried if the baby is going to be okay. I do know that I will have to check my blood sugar 4 times a day.

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Hi Michelle,

Yes, I went through this. I had to take insulin shots 3 times a day before each meal up until labor began. the insulin helped my numbers stay steady, but i also had to follow a very strict gestational diabetes diet by my endocrinologist and a nutritionist. it was a pain in the neck and i hated that i couldn't eat all sorts of stuff that i loved, but one you have the baby, you no longer have gestational diabetes.

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Brenda,



I know how you feel! I'll be 33 weeks tomorrow and can't wait for this to be overwith lol.

I was diagnosed at 24 weeks and it's really not as bad as I thought! I have some days were my blood sugar may be a little to high or a little too low but for the most part I'm managing really well. You said that in the morning your fasting glucose is between 90 and 100...I don't think that's a bad thing is it? My doctor said that my fasting glucose level should be around 98 and it typically is anywhere between mid-80's to mid-90's. I learned not to stress out about the diet with gestational diabetes because it makes it worse. I know it's not ideal to not be able to eat pretty much what you want when you want and I find that now that I'm near the end I'm more hungry then before, but I know I have to keep control of it. I get very upset when my levels are higher then they are supposed to be and sometimes I don't understand why because I feel I ate the right amount of carbs and protein that I'm allowed. But my nutritionist said I'm doing great overall, so that was a relief! You will do fine too, just don't get stressed!

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I found out later on into my pregnancy that I had gestational diabetes , when I first heard the news I felt the same way.......but once I sat with a dietician and she went over what and how much I could eat , i found out the diet with gestational diabetes is not so bad.....and my doctor did tell me that if i did not control my eating habits that i would have to have medication. I was really watched what i ate because I did not want to take anything else. just fyi ...i had my second child and did not have gestational diabetes with my second pregnancy...

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yes it not so bad u just have to eat a diet with gestational diabetes but it can be controlled a little advice go for a ten min walk aftewr each meal



 

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Hi...I too was diagnosed with gestational diabetes when I was 24 weeks pregnant. I was so freaked out about it too because it happened around Christmas time...when I ate the most sweets. I was so mad at myself because I thought I caused it by eating those sweets so close (within a week) of having the test. My doctor sent me to a nutritionist and with her help, I was set on a diet for gestational diabetes consiting of foods that I liked. She gave me some handouts with foods that I could take. But in the end, I figured out what I needed to do...balance my carbs with proteins. The proteins helped balance out the carbs that I took in. I was able to eat McDonalds if I wanted (a 4 pc chicken nuggets, side salad and a bottle of water) and I was more than satisfied. I also had to check my blood several times a day. I know when I didn't exercise (walk around) after eating because my numbers seemed higher than normal (not over the limit high...but higher). The main thing to remember...and several others have said it...is DON'T STRESS YOURSELF!!! That stress does infact transfer to your baby. Think happy thoughts. And don't worry yourself...it will work itself out. Good luck!

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I also have gestational diabetes; I was diagnosed at 28 weeks and am currently 34 weeks pregnant. I have to follow a diet for gestational diabetes and check blood glucose 4 times a day. I also take a medication called glyburide at night which helps my pancreas produce more insulin. I am currently not on insulin shots.



I also go twice a week for non stress tests, and every four weeks for an ultrasound. It's not fun paying so much attention to every single food I eat, but there are far worse complications in pregnancy.

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