Gestational Diabetes, why should I be concerned?

Theresa - posted on 08/17/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Today I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes and because doctors exaggerate everything I am doing research on it and asking others mothers why they may think I should be concerned? , I am 35 weeks pregnant

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I have been a diabetic for 25 years (and I am 27!). Gestational diabetes is basically the same risk factors as a regular diabetic. It can cause everything from more fluid around the baby to death for the baby if not taken care of. (There is a really broad scope on that, and many have already been mentioned) Make sure you are seeing a perinatologist (a OB specialist) and sending your blood sugars to them 2x per week. Test before each meal and 1-2 hours after each meal so they can see what is going on. Stay away from sugars and watch how many carbs you are getting. They will probably want to induce 1-2 weeks early. Possibly earlier if things are not under control. They will want you to try a natural delivery, but it may come down to needing a c-section if the baby grows too big. My boys were both decent sized, but not larges for a diabetic. One was 7lbs 8 oz, the other was 9lbs 8oz. Good luck! If you need help, let me know, an I can offer some ideas possibly. If nohing else, a listening ear :)

Amanda - posted on 08/18/2009

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I had it with my last pregnancy. I also had preeclampsia. He was born at 34 weeks and weighed 7lbs 4oz. You just have to monitor your sugar and do what your doc wants you to do. You will be fine. Not sure if you were told by your doc or not but your blood sugars will go back to normal after delivery. A word of advice though DONT take your glyburide(if you are on it) when you realize or think your in labor. It caused my sons sugar to drop after delivery and had to be put into th NICU for 5 days. Good luck and Congratulations. It is all worth it in the end.

Tara - posted on 08/17/2009

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Gestational diabetes can cause increased fluid around the baby, cause higher birth weights, and can occasionally cause breathing or heart problems in the baby, although the breathing/heart issues are more rare.
If you are a gestational diabetic and you don't control your blood sugars you run the risk of diabetic coma and all other problems/symptoms that someone who was born diabetic can have. You also have a greater risk of developing Type II diabetes (adult-onset) within 10 years after your pregnancy.
The biggest risk with gestational diabetes is pre-eclampsia, which can cause excessive high blood pressure, bleeding and even maternal/fetal death if it is not caught and treated in time.
It is extremely important for you to watch your blood sugar while pregnant, and even more so if you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes as there are very serious risks and complications to both yourself and your baby if you don't take care.

Rachel - posted on 08/17/2009

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My mother in law had gestational diabetes with her last child and it nearly killed her. She could've controlled it with diet, but she didn't. Now because of it she has full blown diabetes and she needs check her blood sugar and take insulin shots before every meal. Her youngest child is now 23 and she is still dealing with the aftermath because she didn't take care of it then.

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Theresa - posted on 08/27/2009

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Thank you all for your help and concern, sorry I did not get to you sooner been pretty hard for me lately, I don't have much time left about five weeks hopefully things will work out, currently baby Nicole is 5lbs 1oz and the fluid around her is at a normal level, she seems to be healthy so far so good, thank you all again

Tiffany - posted on 08/17/2009

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I got diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 27 wks and there are some risk but if you will eat right and take care of yourself everything will be fine so don't worry.

Taylor - posted on 08/17/2009

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You HAVE to control your blood sugar while you are pregnant. I'm hypoglycemic and therefore my blood sugar levels are nearly always below normal levels, even just after I eat. Your blood sugar levels directly correlate to those of your baby, so when my son was born (with low blood sugar) he had a hard time coming around. Also, women with gestational diabetes are at a higher risk of preclampsia, which can be very dangerous to you and your baby.

Lindsey - posted on 08/17/2009

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Hi

I had this with my first baby he is 3 now so it seems ages ago.

You should be concerned as it can increase fluid round the baby, make the baby very big, baby can have heart problems and breathing ones too. There is probably alot more things but they are the main things my midwife told me to be worried about.

My baby had 2 out of the 3 - increased fluid, and I was induced at 37 weeks and he was still 10lb 6oz. My diabetes actually never got that bad that I had to take insulin I was always very careful about what I ate and controlled it with diet up untill 36 weeks and then I could no longer control it.

I think you need to just eat healthy and try to watch anything sugary you eat or drink - even fresh fruit. Try to keep active as it makes your more tired.

There is also a risk you could develope diabetes at later life if you have to start using insulin while pregnant there is a greater risk.

I also ended up with an emergency section and I think the percentage of this happening is higher due to the baby being bigger.

My little boy also had jaudice which I think can be a side effect on the baby.

However as you are already 35 weeks this may not be such a worry unless they didn't notice it early enough - with my 2nd pregnancy they said I had it at 36 weeks but she was alot smaller and even though it ended in a section was just due to non progression. Good luck

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