Has Anyone Had Gestational Diabetes While Pregnant

Updated on February 25, 2007
K.W. asks from Decatur, GA
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I was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Has anyone had this problem while pregnant? If so, what did your doctor do? What did the doctor instruct you to do? How can this affect my baby and my health? How serious is this condition?

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M.M.

answers from Atlanta on

yes, i had it with a few of my pregnancies. you tend to have bigger babies, but no real threat to the baby. my son was born with low blood sugar. just watch what you eat, etc. what did your doctor say?

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L.C.

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Hi K.,
I had GD with both my boys. So long as you watch your diet (which I also found to be a blessing in disguise since it kept me from gaining too much unnecessary weight) and take your blood sugar it can usually be handled relitively easily. I was insulin dependant with both of the kids too, and to be honest I had an easier time giving myself the shots then pricking my fingers all day long....make sure you ROTATE!! You just need to remember that in the whole scheme of things this is really a small problem and so long as you are vigilant everyone should be just fine....good luck!

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L.E.

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I had gestational diabetes with all 3 of my kids. I was on diet control with my first and on insulin with my other 2 kids. My kids are all heathy, my first was 9lbs. 4oz. my second son was 8lbs. 8oz. and my baby girl was 10lbs. 12oz. They were all full term, with diabetes your child will be bigger. I no longer have it. The doctors say I have a higher chance having it when i am older. If you watch what your sugar in take you should be fine. Drink alot of water. Keep track of your blood sugar levels thats really important, eat at least six small meals a day. If you have any questions please feel free to write. Good Luck!
L.

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J.M.

answers from Atlanta on

I have 2 children and I wasn't diagnosed with gestational diabetes until my 2nd child. It doesn't run in my family and it was just one of those things. I was able to control my levels by my diet; however I did have to prick my finger 4 times a day and keep a record of my sugar level. The condition is pretty serious if it doesn't stay in control. Your doctor will tell you what your levels should be at certain times of the day. The hardest thing for me was eating ALL THE TIME!!! Even though I was pregnant, I felt like I was always eating. My diet plan was to eat 6 small meals a day.

I do recommend taking the gestational diabetes class that is offered. I even got my glucose monitor for free (I'm sure it depends on your insurance coverage) but I really learned alot about foods from taking that class!

Good luck!

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D.T.

answers from Atlanta on

I had it with my daughter. It can cause a lot of problems if you don't monitor your blood sugar and keep it low. My daughter ended up being 9lbs 4 ozs, got stuck coming out, broke her collarbone, and stopped breathing. It terrified me when my delivery went from normal, to the midwife calling for an infant recessitation team.(She's was fine thank God!) Your labor does NOT have to be that bad. Please follow the diet you are put on. I had difficulty dealing with it and gave up at the end. That caused my daughter to be so large. Also, it puts her and me at an increased risk for other types of diabetes. Again, not matter how tedious it is, follow your diet! Good luck! Feel free to write me back if you have any questions.

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L.G.

answers from Atlanta on

I had GD with my son, all I had to do was watch my diet and check my blood sugar 3 times a day with a needle to the finger, it was annoying, and I couldn’t eat anything or much of anything. My son came out fine at 7lbs. and 1 oz. GOOD LUCK!!

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B.W.

answers from Macon on

Hey K.!

I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes with my second child. She is now three months old, and in very good health. Gestational Diabetes CAN be a very serious condition for you and your baby, IF you do not control it!! I found that with a little exercise and controlling my diet it was rather easy to control. My doctor sent me to a class at the old houston mall to learn how to control my diet and what I should and shouldn't eat. I also learned that when my sugar spiked that was the best time to add a little bit of exercise. Mine always got higher at night, so I walked in place while I watched a little tv. And I only did that for about 15 min. That brought my sugar down to the levels my doc. wanted them. I also had to check my sugar four times a day. I had to keep a journal of what my levels were and the doc would check them. After a few weeks, the doc said I was controlling my sugar so good that I only needed to check my sugar every other day. Also, you hear that babies are bigger when you have Gestational diabetes, so I was so worried about that!! My friend had just had a 10 lb baby, and personally, I didn't want that. My baby ended up coming only five days early. And she only weighed 6 lbs 8 oz. They did have to check the babies blood sugar while in the hospital to make sure she didn't have to much or too little sugar. They also checked mine. Also, the last four weeks or so, your doctor will do a stress test and an ultrasound to check the amniotic fluid. They just like to make sure the baby is healthy.

I am sure you will be just fine. If you have any questions or need me for anything, just let me know.

B.

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J.K.

answers from Columbus on

I would recommend the Blue Ribbon diet to any pregnant mom

Especially one who has been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

http://www.blueribbonbaby.org/brewerdiet.shtml

Good luck to you and your baby

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T.C.

answers from Savannah on

Hi K.. I had gestational diabetes with both of my pregnancies. My doctor instructed me to monitor my blood sugar three times a day, 1 hour after a meal. I was referred to a nutritionist for meal plans and carbohydrate options. They will tell you the number your blood sugar level should be. I would feel woosy or light-headed if I skipped meals or had too much sugar, whether in meals or juices. I too wondered how serious gestational diabetes could be for me while pregnant. It could have serious effects if not monitored carefully, such as larger babies at birth, preclampsia and drop in sugar level in baby at birth, just to name a few. The bright side is that gestational diabetes is gone immediately after delivery. Both of my children had low blood sugars at birth but were treated and are completely well and doing fine today. I hope this information helped you some. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

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M.S.

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Yes this is my second pregnancy and I have had Gestational Diabetes with both! Just watch what you eat and how much sugar you take in. I am on insulin and check my sugar 4x a day. I have had to completely change my diet. Anything esle you want to know let me know and I will try to help! :)

M.
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S.

answers from Albany on

I had gestational diabetes while pregnant also. I had to check blood sugar 3 times a day and was sent to a nutrionist for a diet. I know it can cause large babies and increases your risk for diabetes later in life. I remeber being very sick with morning sickness while pregnant and wasn't after my sugar was under control. I hope this has helped somewhat. S.

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L.S.

answers from Atlanta on

I was diagnosed with GD my 7th month. I actually passed the first test. I was given a nutrionist and went to a class. They monitored my meals and sugar weekly - which keeped me on track. I ended up being insulin dependent, but it really wasn't that hard. Do your best to stay on the diet and follow instructions. Always keep something with you for your lows. If you want food suggestions, let me know. I got pretty creative. My daugter ended up being 6lbs 2oz - which is good considering they thought she'd be huge. She was in perfect health and after her birth I was no longer diabetic.

It's tough to manage at first because it's a change, esp when you want the foods you want (heck, you're pregnant!). But it IS something you will get used to and in the long run, it's pretty easy to manage.

If you don't manage it, it can cause problems for your baby and you. I was told it was making her pancras work twice as hard and that is the image i kept in my mind. Her little body working extra hard to keep up with my insulin resistance. It helped me keep going.

Best of luck to you dear.

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J.Y.

answers from Atlanta on

I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes with both of my pregnancies. Fortunately I was able to control my sugar by diet alone. I was sent by my doctor to a class on diabetes and they gave ideas on what I should and shouldn't eat.(No, I'm not the healthiest eater...so this really helped). I'm unsure exactly what steps are taken if the sugar gets out of control. I checked my sugar and kept records everyday during my pregnancy. The only real "problem" I had was the size of my children. Gestational diabetes does sometimes cause you to have bigger babies...both of mine were near 9 lbs. but are perfectly healthy. The other about gestational diabetes is it is an indicator that you may be more likely to become diabetic once the pregnancy is over.

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