M.F. asks from Sherman Oaks, CA on May 28, 2008
Gestational Diabetes - Sherman Oaks, CA
I'm 8 months pregnant with my first child and just found out that I have Gestational Diabetes. I'm really scared and can't stop worrying about it. I was wondering if anyone has any information/advice about diabetes during pregnancy? Please let me know. thanks so much for any and all help!
M.T. answers from Honolulu on June 03, 2008
I have 9 children. The last two pregnancies I had GD. the first GD one, I didn't have a dr. and didn't know I had GD. The baby came out almost 11 pounds, we even had a home birth and he was OK (but be careful, a big baby is susceptible to getting stuck on the way out! We had trouble getting his shoulders out). The second one, I had prenatal care, found out I had GD, and went to a nutritionist, etc. Keeping my diet balanced well helped, and he was only 9 lb, 12 oz! Then I knew why his brother was almost 11. I had never heard of GD. Anyway, seems the babies do fine, just get too much food and get too big. Also, as many of you have said, there is higher risk for type 2 in the mother in later life. At 50, I developed type 2, but am doing well at 60 with help from the dr.(Luckily they came out with several good meds and better knowledge about the disease about the time I got it)
L.A. answers from San Diego on May 29, 2008
It's not a big deal at all. It will not affect the baby and will go away after pregnancy. Just watch what you eat and do not miss any doctor appointments.
C.M. answers from Los Angeles on May 29, 2008
How can you be 8 months pregnant and not be due until August? lol.
I had gestational diabetes but was diagnosed at 8 weeks. I had it real bad and had to take insulin shots.
As long as you stay hydrated, have a very low carb diet, and walk daily you should be just fine! No fried foods either!
M.O. answers from Los Angeles on May 29, 2008
I have gone through two pregnancies with gestational diabetes. The first pregnancy I was able to control with diet. The second one I could only control my blood levels with insulin. I am now having my third baby and again have gestational diabetes. It is harder to go through pregnancies with getational diabetes only in the sense that you don't get to eat whatever you want, and that is kind of good because it helps with weight contol. Stay away from complex carbs because it takes longer for your body to dispose of them and this raises sugar levels. Eat a lot of protein, especially in the morning when gluclose levels can rise rapidly. If you notice a lot of water retention, thirst, blurry vision or fatigue...this is all due to the diabetes. If you take care of what you eat, everything should be fine. Don't be scared if you have to take insulin...all of this is only temporary. It's amazing, within hours of your baby being born...your body recieves the message that you are no longer pregnant and your blood levels become normal again. After your pregnancy you need to continue to take care of yourself. Having gestational diabetes increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Your baby will be fine. Both of my babies were born with normal weights and both are healthy today. Your nutrition is the most important thing during a pregnancy with gestational diabetes. Good luck.
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E.K. answers from Los Angeles on May 29, 2008
I also had gestational diabetes in my 7th month I think, or whenever they check your blood sugar. I was sent to a nutritionist and put on a low carb/high protein diet for the rest of my pregnancy. My baby girl was born 10 years ago, at 7 pounds totally healthy. Try not to worry, with diet hopefully all will be fine. I was scared too, because they tell you if you dont control it your baby could get real big. I would love for you to keep me posted, and feel free to ask me more questions if you need to. E. K
E.P. answers from San Diego on May 29, 2008
Gestational diabetes can be quite serious. Has anyone from your doctor's office sat down with you to go over meal plans or how to check your blood sugar (glucose) with a glucometer? If not, it would be a good idea asap. I am a nurse who used to (sahm for the past 14 months) provide teaching for gestational diabetics. Usually, you are able to control your blood sugar (glucose) with diet and exercise as well as weight control. If not, you may be prescribed insulin to help. Blood sugars should be checked 3-4 times per day, 30 minutes after meals and be kept below 140 but above 70. You can keep these low by limiting carbohydrate intake (simple and complex carbs). All packaged foods should have nutrition labels on them that list the number of grams per serving of total carbohydrates. You should be keeping your intake between 30-45 grams per meal (3 meals per day) and 15-30 grams per snack (2 snacks per day). The other thing to keep in mind is not to go more than 4 hours withiout eating a snack or a meal or blood sugars can get too low. Gestational diabetes usually resolves within 6 weeks of having your baby but it makes your risk of developing Type II diabetes 3 times more likely later in life. For your baby, controlling blood sugar will keep him/her from growing abnormaly large in utero. Some babies have trouble regulating their own blood sugars in their first 24-48 hours of life and may need an IV with an IV dextrose(type of sugar) infusion. There is lots of info online including specific meals plans. Good luck.
J.K. answers from Los Angeles on May 29, 2008
I also recommend immediately cutting all sugars (including fruit, especially high glycemic fruit like pineapple, mango) and carbs (no rice, bread, potatoes, any flour-containing products) and up your veggies and protein (an organic non-GMO cold water washed soy protein powder like Shaklee's would be great) - it's just for a short time until the baby is born and I know you can do it. This will also cleanse your system which is great for you anyway and may actually help prevent allergies in your baby when he/she is born.
Wishing you all the best with this (and congrats on the baby),
D.A. answers from Honolulu on May 29, 2008
I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my son. As hard as it is you need to try not to stress. I was told that sometimes the baby produces an insulin blocker that makes it so that you cannot break down sugar like you normally can and thus the gestational diabetes. I had it bad. I was on a strict diet and had to take my blood sugar levels 8 times a day and insulin 4 times a day. Hopefully you will be able to control your levels with diet adjustments. I was able to control my levels, but it was hard. No regular soda, only diet(I missed real soda). I was able to give birth without a c-section and my son was only 6lbs11.5 ouces. I was worried he was going to be huge. I hope you have an easier time than I did. If you need any more advice on how to deal I don't mind helping. Oh yeah, once I gave birth I had no more diabetes.
I.M. answers from Los Angeles on May 29, 2008
Hi M.: I had gestational diabetes 24 years ago with my first daughter, then the second and the with my boy 16 years ago. I would recommend that you get on a strict diabetic diet a.s.a.p. Dr. Peter Anzaldo was my doctor he is in Orange, CA. He took care of me and the babies, and I managed the diabetes with diet, but later on I did have to have insulin injections in my 9th month. I don't mean to scare you but do get on that diet. Okay. I am sure you are going to be fine. However, after the baby continue a healthy diet. I.
P.V. answers from Los Angeles on May 29, 2008
Don't panic, as long as you follow the instructions by your dietitian you'll be fine. I was diagnosed with GD when I was about 7 months pregnant. My Dr. sent me to a dietitian and she made me a food plan for me to follow. She also made me buy that little machine to check your blood three times a day. To be honest, it was too much to my point of view at the end. Because they made me so fearful of if I ate more than I should my baby would grow too much and I would have complications at birth such as, the baby won't fit in the birth canal, and I would end up having a cesarian... etc. So, I was terrified and tried to follow the diet and check my blood sugar three times a day. I don't wish this to any woman when pregnant because at least in my case, it took away some of the joy that I had just for the fact that I was so scared to listen to all the stories the dietitian and dr. told me that could happen to me. At the end, my baby was born healthy, and not huge at all. Too much to handle when you are pregnant. But, I the same time I say, it's better to do a little sacrifice to have a happy ending. Who knows how I would have ended up (and my baby) if I did not follow instructions,
I have to say though, it was so hard for me to have my poor fingers pinched every day. I cheated some time by eating more cookies than allowed... but thanks God I was still ok.
It was traumatic because before I got diagnosed, I had cravings of eating flans and deserts! Can you imagine me after finding out! I had to cut all that sugar at once and I often cried and felt so miserable. For the most part I feel it was worth it. But, some times I think I could have eaten a little more treats and I would have still be ok.
Anyways, hand in there. It's only going to be 2 months! and you'll have your little healthy one. After he/she is born you will go back to normal, no more diabetes is found for most woman.
Good luck, God bless you and your little one and hang in there!
S.M. answers from San Diego on May 29, 2008
First, don't panic. You are going to be okay. You may have a large baby due to the diabetes, although I had it and my daughter was only 5lbs. 11 ounces. The big thing about your diet is to eat healthy. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains are good. You can have sugar, but you should limit the amount since you need to have a good diet. They should be checking your urine and blood pressure a little more often than most pregnancies and will watch you carefully for any complications. If you would like it, your OB should be able to send you to a diabetes educator to help you with your diet. (I did become diabetic finally when my daughter was 15. A good resource is the American Diabetes Association. I think they have a local office. But they do have a web site that has good information and books and publications you can buy. Their toll free phone number is: 1-800-342-2383. I hope this helps. It's going to be okay.