Gestational Diabetes

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Heidi - July 6

What is it? I just got a call from my clinic and they said my numbers were high from my test yesterday where I drank the orange pop stuff to test for this. They said I have to come back but for two days I have to eat certain carbs off this list and then fast the night before and sit in the clinic for four hours while they draw blood four different times. She said I have to have low numbers two out of the four draws to not have GD. Anyone know anything about this. I'm at a loss. Never had problems before. I'm 25 wks tomorrow. Kind of worried now!

 

hello - July 6

GD is, from my understanding, something that you only get while pregnant BUT, if you don't watch it, it could turn into full-b__wn diabetes for you. I'm not sure if it affects the baby though.

 

JLorenzo - July 6

GD is a condition the begins around the midway mark of pregnancy. Depending on how serious your particular case is, you may be instructed to get a home glucose kit and take your fasting levels each day, as my wife did. Because her blood sugar level wasn't too high, she didn't need insulin. The major thing the doctors worry about is macrosomia (high birth weight). But you should breathe easy because the doctors will actually watch you more closely. And, you get additional sonograms towards the end of the pregnancy! You get to see your little one more often! Good luck.

 

Heidi - July 6

I don't know how it's possible. I weighted like 115 when I got pg so I was never overweight and it wasn't a real risk factor for me. I've gained 25 lbs so far and I don't know how. I haven't been eating any more than usual and even cut out lots of junk and ate smaller portions. So I don't get it. I'm too little to have a big baby!!!

 

JLorenzo - July 6

Heidi, how old are you? My wife was 34 when pregnant and this is more common in women over 30. Please don't worry. Our baby weighed 9lbs 2 ounces and the doctors kept my wife in check...it isn't as bad as you have read or heard...

 

Heidi - July 6

I'm 30. Will be 31 when baby is born. Did she have a regular delivery or did she have a C section? Oh god, I don't think I could deliver a baby that big! Although my sister, who weighted like 100 lbs gave birth to a 8 lb boy who's just huge now!!! I guess anything is possible. My 20 wk ultrasound showed normal growth and she said my belly is measuring 1 cm over but that 2 cm is acceptable so they haven't said anything about that. Nor the 25 lbs I've gained. She said I don't look heavy. Thanks for the input though! I'll try not to panic!

 

JLorenzo - July 6

Heidi, my wife had 25 hours of induced labor and eventually a c-section. One thing with GD is they won't let you go too long over your due date. Really though, it is nothing to worry about. We got 4 additional sonograms at the end and it was really nice.

 

Heidi - July 6

Okay. I'll try not to fret over it. I just hate the idea of injecting myself with insulin or doing daily tests. I was really shocked when they called me. Did your wife notice anything different when she had it? Did she feel really tired or anything? Did she gain a lot too?

 

BBK - July 6

Heidi, you failed what is known as the glucose challenge test, it doesn't mean you have GD, but there is a chance; this is why you have to have the glucose tolerance test. It is a little more comprehensive, and if I'm not mistaken the majority of women who test + for the challenge test go on to test negative for the tolerance test. Good luck and like JLorenzo said if you end up having it it's not the end of the world, and it's treatable.

 

JLorenzo - July 6

Heidi, my wife noticed no difference! She swore she didn't have it even though every test conclusively proved that she did. You will be fine and will have a wonderful, healthy baby!

 

JB - July 6

I have gestional diabetes and have been able to control my blood sugar with diet. GD happens in about 1 of 8 pregnancies so it's not uncommon. The doctor's main concern is the baby's birth weight and if a c-section may be needed. If you are diagnosed with GD just follow what the doctor and nutritionist tell you to do. And do alittle reasearch to ease your mind. www.diabetes.org/gestational-diabetes.jsp

 

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