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Hi! I'm 28 weeks and I want to know what are the symptoms of Gestational Diabetes and if one of you had that during your pregnancy..what are the treatment that your doctor use in you and how the baby was when born?

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Kari - posted on 04/24/2009

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I showed no signs through out the last two pregnancy's. They had me watch my diet, pricking my fingers, and coming in all the time. The only thing they went off was the size of the baby. My youngest was very healthy, on time, I didn't gain weight for the whole pregnancy. She was still 10 lbs. 10 oz.
My son though had heart, lung, and sugar problems. He was born six weeks early, He to weighed 10 lbs. 7 oz.
Everything is fine now. Veggies are wonderful and you can do so much with them

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When you see the nutrisionist, the should tell you hte level that they want to see. I had GD with my son. I had no symptoms but failed the first test. I was tested at around 10 weeks because I have PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrom). They sent me to a specialist who sent me to a nutritionist. I checked my sugars after each meal and really watched what I ate. I did so well, that by the time I was 32 weeks, I was allowed to check only twice a day. Because I stayed away from sugar, but did not deny myself some when I had the craving, I managed to maintain my weight throughout my pregnancy and after birth I weighed less than I did when I got pregenant. (Thank goodness I have been able to keep most of it off too!) It is very stressful, and be warned that stress can also make your sugar rise.

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Sara - posted on 04/24/2009

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Quoting Malinda:

Can those of you who cite "watch diet" be more specific? Some things (like ice cream and cookies) are a no-brainer, but besides the obvious high carb foods what were you told to avoid? Particular fruits, portion sizes, etc?

I "failed" the first test with my first pregnancy, but "passed" the 3-hour, so I was never treated. I have a feeling I really did have GD as my son was born large and having talked to a few women with GD I has some of the same things happen. With this pregnancy I would like to be proactive about having a healthy diet and would love to know what exactly you were told to watch....

Thanks!


Ok...dont' mean to post three times in a row, but I'm still doing the diet even though I'm not pregnant to lose weight and have some thoughts about this.  First, everyone reacts differently to different foods.  You only need to cut out the things that make YOUR blood sugar go crazy, which you learn by process of elimination.  I was not told to avoid anything, but just pay attention to the serving size.  I had cookies, and I had ice cream.  But I had one serving for a snack on occasion, not all the time.  You should get a diabetes exchange guide to carry with you.  Basically, the diet I follow goes like this:



Breakfast: 2 carb choices (1 carb choice = 15 grams of carbs)



Mid morning snack (two hours after breakfast): 2 carb choices



Lunch: 4 carb choices



Mid afternoon snack: 2 carb choices



Dinner: 4 carb choices



Evening snack: 2 carb choices



 



All snacks were 2 hours after eating the meal.  The point is to keep your blood sugar even thoughout the day and not have spikes or dips.  Also, when your pregnant they don't ask you to regulate your fat intake at all.  You can have all the protein and veggies you want.  Fruit, legumes and anything else with carbs that have an impact on your blood sugar need to be counted as carb choices.  You want to make sure you do not cut out carbs, or even eat less than they recommend, so you don't go into "ketoacidosis", which can be dangerous for a pregnant woman.  If you are concerned about it, talk to you doctor and maybe he/she can send you to a nutritionist to help you understand what you need to do.  Hope that helps!

Sara - posted on 04/24/2009

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Quoting April:

I had gestational diabetes with both of my children. I tried regulating it by diet and that didn't work. My doctor prescribed insulin and I took 2 shots a day. They increased my dosage every visit. I did find that the one thing I could eat that didn't shoot my levels up was Mexican food. So, I ate it every chance I got.



LOL!!!  I could eat Mexican too and it had little impact on my sugars!!  I could not tolerate Pizza though...bummer.



 



Honestly, the whole GD diet is about portion control and learning how different foods impact your blood sugar.  I could eat something that was exactly the right amount of carbs but couldn't tolerate it (the aforementioned pizza, and any kind of bread really).  But, other things that you would think would set me off (mexican food, milk, pasta) were just fine.  Go figure!

Sara - posted on 04/24/2009

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Quoting Aurita:

:( my tolerant test for glucose came positive. Now i need to get an appoinment with the nutricionist....for diet and i need check my sugar 4 times a day.

What are the normal levels for sugar fasting and after meals? Anyone...


My doctor wanted my fasting blood sugar to be under 100, and my sugar two hours after meals to be under 120.  This is pretty standard for GD from what I understand.



 



Don't worry about coming back positive...I was pretty upset when I found out, but I did what my doctor told me to do and she came out fine, not even too big (she was 9lbs, but I'm 5'11", so I didn't expect to have a small baby anyway).  She did not have shoulder dystocia or any problems with her sugar after birth.  It is so important to do what you are instructed by the nutritionist and your doctor.  I won't lie, it's tough sometimes.  But, I did it for my baby and I'm glad I did!  Plus, I'm healthier now than I was before my pregnancy...it's an eye opener!  Good luck to you and please write if you need support!

Vanessa - posted on 04/24/2009

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I had gestational Diabetes with my daughter. I had to check my blood a few times a day, take pills to keep my blood levels regulated , and I had to completely change my diet. I didn't know until I went in and they tested me as they always do and thats how i found out. I was very uncomfortable at the end of the pregnancy but I'm not completely sure that was the reason for my uncomfortableness.

Maria - posted on 04/24/2009

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I had gestational diabetes on both babies, but it was mild. I'm 5'1" and had big babies, so even though I gained, it was all baby gain. My first-born was 8.2 lbs., and my second was a whoppin' 12 lbs. and they're both were almost long at 20 in., and 22in., respectively, so yup, I had to watch what I put in. Once you have the baby, it will eventually go away, as long as you watch your diet.

Malinda - posted on 04/24/2009

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Can those of you who cite "watch diet" be more specific? Some things (like ice cream and cookies) are a no-brainer, but besides the obvious high carb foods what were you told to avoid? Particular fruits, portion sizes, etc?



I "failed" the first test with my first pregnancy, but "passed" the 3-hour, so I was never treated. I have a feeling I really did have GD as my son was born large and having talked to a few women with GD I has some of the same things happen. With this pregnancy I would like to be proactive about having a healthy diet and would love to know what exactly you were told to watch....



Thanks!

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I had gestational diabetes with both of my children. I tried regulating it by diet and that didn't work. My doctor prescribed insulin and I took 2 shots a day. They increased my dosage every visit. I did find that the one thing I could eat that didn't shoot my levels up was Mexican food. So, I ate it every chance I got.

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:( my tolerant test for glucose came positive. Now i need to get an appoinment with the nutricionist....for diet and i need check my sugar 4 times a day.



What are the normal levels for sugar fasting and after meals? Anyone...

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I am an insulin dependant diabetic and have two great kids!!! I was told many years ago that I would never have kids.

I had to work really hard through out both pregnancies and my blood sugar level (BSL) was 6 during both. Normal BSL is between 4 and 7. My daughter was c-section breach and weighed 6 lbs. My son emergency c-section at 36 weeks placental detatchment.

Just watch your diet, it really is easier to control if you take insulin, then you get to have some bad foods too and still be in control!!!

Basically your pancreas has become sluggish in its insulin production due to the increase in your body weight, tablets stilmulate the production. If it has stopped all together then insulin injections are required.

There are many side effects the high blood sugar in the mother for the baby and you can also be damaging your self too.

Keep any carbs you eat healthy, wholemeal pasta, bread, brown rice, stay away from sugary drinks, diet or sugar free only, use artificial sweetner in hot drinks, lite milk and other dairy products.

Hope it all goes well and once you little one is born it will go away. It can also indicate that you may be susceptable to type two diabetes later in life.

Liz - posted on 04/18/2009

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For gestational diabetes there are not sypmptoms only if your blood sugar is high. Whey you have hyperglycemia usually most common are exessive thirst, hunger, frequent urination, headache and blurred vision. When I had it with my first pregnancy I controled my blood sugar through exercise and strict diet. You'll usually have to check your bloodsugar 4 times a day. Some people have to take oral anti-diabetic meds or insulin.



As far as the baby is concerned they say you will have a larger baby but it is only if your blood sugar is not controled. My baby ended up 7 lbs.



So if you are craving icecream say good bye. Dont stress though it's not too bad. Best of luck to you hope it helped.

Brandi - posted on 04/18/2009

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my whole pregnancy i gaine way more weight then they wanted me to gain first of all. then when they did my first glucose test it came back fine i acctually developed GD afterwards. i went to the doctor because i had severe swelling that was not going away no matter what i was doing i was about 33 1/2 weeks. i was measuring way bigger then i should be so i had an ultra sound and had low amnio fluid levels. i had to do 24 hour urine collection which i had protein or sugar or somethin in it so i had to do the 3 hour glucose test which came back TERRIBLE i had to go to a nutritionist and watch what i ate and check my blood sugar about 5-6 times a day. that didnt work so i had to take some pill and that was working. the bad thing about not catching it on time was a big baby. my son was 4 week premature and weighed 7 lbs 1 oz 19.75 in long. his sugars were fine but he had some other issues and was in the nicu for 2 weeks. b ut all in all he is a perfectly normal 18 mos higly active little boy who is very advanced for his age.

Willen - posted on 04/17/2009

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While I was pregnant I had no symptoms of GD. After testing positive, I had to see a nutritionist who put me on a strict diet (low carb, even lower sugar) and I had to monitor my blood sugar levels several times a day. When my BSL wasn’t where they wanted them after the first week, I was taught how to give myself insulin shots (1 shot every night before bed).



I delivered Sienna vaginally at 35 weeks. She weight 5lbs 14 ounces and was as healthy as can be. The NICU team let her stay in my room the whole time. The nurse checked her blood sugar a few times a day while we were there, and it always came back normal.



I know that GD can be stressful… especially just waiting for the results. Best of luck!

Melita - posted on 04/16/2009

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i had gd during pregnancy no3 and had some symptoms prior to finding out i had it excessive thirst,ravounsouly hungry,but some have no symtoms.I got it bad diet and exercise not enough had to have insulin shots 4times a day and monitor my blood sugar my baby girl was born vaginally and weighed 8pound 2ounces she was fine they kept her in special care to monitor blood sugars.dont stress all will be ok

Abbie - posted on 04/16/2009

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I had borderline GD, I had NO symptoms prior to the test, but afterwards I was very aware about how I was feeling. Too many carbs, or too much sugar mad eme feel jittery. Or if my sugar got too low, I felt very weak and tired. I just controled my diet adn tried to exercise. My baby was 7#14 oz, so not too big. The big concern doctors have is that the baby will make it down the birth canal, get the head out but the chest will be too big to pass, that is common with GD babies..

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Quoting Liz:



Goodluck with the test results then Aurita.  Hope it comes back normal range but don't stress if it doesn't as the 2nd test will be more accurate.  My first challenge test was high but the 2nd fasting tolerance test showed really good levels.  I was told AFTER my 2nd test that it's not unsual to get high results the first test and normal levels on the 2nd.  I wish they'd told me that beforehand, to stop me from stressing so much over it.  Grrr! :P






Thanks....My first test was high by 2 so now i'm waiting for the result of the second test.

Liz - posted on 04/16/2009

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Goodluck with the test results then Aurita.  Hope it comes back normal range but don't stress if it doesn't as the 2nd test will be more accurate.  My first challenge test was high but the 2nd fasting tolerance test showed really good levels.  I was told AFTER my 2nd test that it's not unsual to get high results the first test and normal levels on the 2nd.  I wish they'd told me that beforehand, to stop me from stressing so much over it.  Grrr! :P

Sara - posted on 04/16/2009

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I didn't have symptoms, except high blood sugar. I failed the glucose tolerance test miserably! I eventually had to stat injecting myself with insulin twice a day, and of course adhere to a strict diet and check my blood sugar 4 times a day. I also had to have non-stress tests done twice a week starting at about week 32. I was induced one week early due to the diabetes and was able to have her vaginally. My daughter weighed 8lbs 15oz. She had no sugar problems (baby's can have life-threatening hypoglycemia if your sugars aren't well controlled as well as shoulder dystocia because they are too large) after birth and has been healthy ever since.



Gestational diabetes is something that should be taken very seriously. I know it is difficult, but it's so important for you to be compliant with your doctor and what he/she wants you to do. The consequences for you and your child if you chose otherwise can be dire. Good luck to you!

Kimberly - posted on 04/15/2009

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I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes while I was pregnant... they ran a test where you have to fast and then drink this awful drink , then they draw blood and test the sugar content and if it is ok, then you are fine.. depending on the level that the test reveals, you could regulate the diabetes with exercise and diet, or you may need to get insulin shots... mine was just through diet and exercise.. just watch your carbs like pasta, breads, crackers and natural sugars like fruit !!!! Hope that helps :)

Liz - posted on 04/15/2009

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I didn't end up having GD in pregnancy but went for a routine Glucose Challenge test at around 28 wks (from memory!) and that showed a higher than average blood sugar level so I then had to do the fasting Glucose Tolerance test, which showed that I didn't have GD.



If you are worried, ask your doc if you can have the challenge test, to see if you are or not.  Then you can consider what it means to your pregnancy.  I know that diet is important but then, it is no matter if you have GD or not :)   My ob-gyn said that babies of Mums with GD are usually considerably bigger and tend to be delivered early, as a consequence.



Goodluck and congratulations on your pregnancy :)

Heather - posted on 04/15/2009

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I had gestational diabetes for 2 of my 4 pregnancies.  My doctor had me watch my diet but no other treatment was necessary for my case.  I had very mild cases.  My babies were big though. 9lbs15oz and 9lbs 14 oz.

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