I have gestational diabetes....

Lisa - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have Gestational Diabetes, and I know some of the complications are larger babies or pre-term babies.

Any mom's have issues with either? How did you deal with your diabetes? Any tips?

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Natalie - posted on 04/29/2009

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Well when i was pregnant i also had gestational diabetes. The best thing i did was watch what i ate and tested my blood sugar level 4 times a day.. I would only allow myself 30 carbs for breakfast lunch and 2 snacks and 45 carbs on dinner.. if you do that your blood sugar will be super. I had my son almost 3 weeks early and he was 8 pounds and 10 ounces and he is growing really fast now he is almost 23 pounds at 8 months. just realize it is safer to eat 5 small meals a day then 3 huge ones. eat snacks its good for you.

April - posted on 04/29/2009

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With my first I had to take insulin but my other 2 were just diet controlled, though I didn't follow the diet I just watched what I ate more.... my kids were 7lbs, 3lbs 11oz (not preterm just stopped growing) and 5lbs 6oz

Katie - posted on 04/29/2009

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I had gestational diabetes with both of my daughters. I controlled them with diet with both girls, I had to check my sugar initially but was good at keeping it controlled so I didn't check as frequently later on. Both of my girls were small. My first was 6lbs and the second was 7lbs 2oz. My first was born about 20 days early because they had to induce me because I developed other problems such as pregnancy induced hypertension and they thought I was starting to develop preeclampsia. They didn't check me until late in my pregnancy though for diabetes so it caused some of the other problems. But my daughter was fine and small. My second daughter was only 1lb 2 oz bigger and she was born on her due date. If you are controlling your diet and keeping the diabetes in check you have nothing to worry about, in fact you will lose weight during your pregnancy if properly controlled even though the baby is growing and your belly is getting larger. I lost weight everywhere else in my body with my second while my belly and baby kept getting bigger and they told me that was normal when things are being controlled properly. Hope this helps

Krystle - posted on 04/29/2009

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I had gestational diabetes with my first one. I just kept to my diet and listen to the doctors. At the end they thought she was going to be to big and had me have a C-Section. My second one i didn't have any problem with gestational diabetes

Lindsay - posted on 04/29/2009

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i had it to my daughter was 2 weeks early and weighted 7lbs 8oz not that big but if i would of went on my due date she prob would of been lol just do what ur dr tells you to do and hopefully it goes away after you have the baby

Sara - posted on 04/29/2009

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I was very strict with my GD, I did not want to have a large baby or a baby with low sugar after birth. I was able to avoid both (well, my daughter was 9lbs, but I was ok with that). She is a healthy and happy baby. I just think it's really important to monitor your sugars closely and follow what your doctor asks you to do. I had to check my blood sugar 4 times a day, took insulin twice a day and followed the very strict GD diet to a tee. I will say that it is hard sometimes, you're emotional and hungry, but you have to do it for your baby, to give him/her the best start possible. Plus, you don't gain a lot of weight when you are pregnant, and that makes the postpartum period so much better. I only gained 18lbs with my pregnancy, and I felt great afterwards. I was induced a week early because of the GD, but it went well. The doctor was concerned about shoulder dystocia (which can be a problem for babies born to diabetic mothers) as well, but I only pushed for 30 mintues and she was very healthy. Good luck to you and please write if you need any moral support! :)

Shana - posted on 04/29/2009

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I had GD in my first pregnancy. I was on insulin before breakfast and before bed. My DH helped with the injections. My daughter was 8 lbs. 13 oz. and healthy. I was induced the day before my due date so that she would not get too big. I snaked on low/no sugar things that I was craving, like the chocolate and taffies. I needed the insulin since I was craving grapefruits which are the fruit highest in sugar and I couldn't eat anything before my grapefruit. As soon as my daughter was born, my sugar went back to normal.
When you go into the hospital they will keep checking your sugar. Bring your own meter. You will be on a glucose drip once active labor starts (I think that is when they should have started mine). Once the baby is born, they will check his/her sugar every few hours for the first 24 hours of life.

Kassy - posted on 04/28/2009

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I was diagnosed with GD and I had to go on a low carb diet while pregnant checked my blood sugar 4 times a day and I ended up with a 4.9lb baby. Eating properly and maintaining a healthy blood sugar is going to be best for you and baby!

User - posted on 04/28/2009

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I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes but I didn't do anything about it; I just started healthy diet prescribed to me by my doctor, and everything is good with me and my baby. Victoria was born 9 pounds and she was a healthy baby.

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