Gestational diabetes....

Discussion in 'Pregnancy Help' started by aramis, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. aramis

    aramis Active Member

    Hi Ladies! Hope everyone is doing well.

    I have been just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The doctor has not called yet to tell me how bad and what he wants me to do, but I cannot help but feel like I failed and all sorts of gloom and doom. I know it is not my fault and I eat very healthy for the most part but I cannot stop crying and everyone tells me "wow this is so bad, you will be diabetic later in life".
    I have exactly two more months to go before the they are born but I just do not want to live in the shadow of fear for the babies and myself.
    ..any words of wisdom? anyone go through this?
  2. Tamaralynn

    Tamaralynn Well-Known Member

    I had GD with my oldest. It's nothing you did wrong, it is NOT your fault. It is caused by the placenta. I was able to control mine through diet. I mean with a nurtitionist who went over a diet with me. I had to test my blood 7 times a day, which was a pain in the ***, but oh well. I had to go to a diabetic clinic once every 2 weeks, they went over my numbers, did a blood draw, NST etc. It's not as bad as it sounds. Having GD does NOT mean you will def have diabetes when you are older, it does increase your chace of getting it, but so does family history. For me, my father is diabetic, his father was, his aunt was, so chances are high I'll get it as well.
  3. aramis

    aramis Active Member

    Thank you. Did you have to take all those tests and blood post partum? or it cleared up right away?
    I do not have a family history of diabetes and know nothing about it - hence the freaking out on my part.
  4. Tamaralynn

    Tamaralynn Well-Known Member

    I had 3 blood test after he was born, all were normal, so it pretty much cleared up once he was born. If you have no family history of diabetes, then you chances are way low that you will get it. They do take blood test from the babies though, to make sure that their blood sugar level is stable, just a warning so you dont freak out over them getting so many heal pricks.
  5. aramis

    aramis Active Member

    thank you
  6. lleddinger

    lleddinger Well-Known Member

    My daughter also had GD when she was pregnant with her twins. It's pretty common in twin pregnancies. I think most are controlled with diet. My DD's was well controlled and the twins had no issues related to the GD at birth. They were born at 36 weeks and went home with her. She says the GD was a blessing as it kept her from eating things that she really didn't need to be eating anyway. She ate much healthier and kept track of everything she ate. Please don't feel like you failed. You are pregnant with twins and the rules are different!
  7. betha

    betha Well-Known Member

    Hi, I had GD around the same time with my twin pregnancy. I felt the same way. I was already on bedrest and miserable. I felt like it was just one more failure. Once I met with the specialist and dietician, I felt much better. It was actually a very healthy diet and kept my weight gain down. I have taken multiple blood sugar tests since I gave birth and I've never had a problem since delivery.
    On a side note, if I wanted a treat, I would have a glucerna shake or bar. They are kind of expensive, but it was worth the splurge and made me feel better. Hang in there!
  8. aramis

    aramis Active Member

    Thank you all for your support!
  9. JuliaS82

    JuliaS82 Active Member

    I apologize in advance, I just have to rant about this for a minute...

    I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes last week, and yesterday went in for the appointment where they tell you what to do. Of course, it wasn't so much an appointment so much as it was a mass gathering of everyone who had been diagnosed in the past week (a surprising number of people).

    A little info, my fasting number hit the border mark, and my 1 hour was high. My 2 and 3 hr numbers were fine.

    So we were all gathered for a lecture on what our new crazy diets are, how to test blood, etc. The nurse told us that we can't go over 8 hours between our evening snack and the next morning's breakfast, because apparently after 8 hours the body runs out of food sugar and will break down your own cells for sugar and your blood reading will spike.

    I immediately stopped her and asked "hey wait a minute! if thats true then why did we have to fast for 12 hours for the 3 hr glucose test??" She just brushed off my question and said "oh, it doesn't have to be 12 hours" Well, a lot of good that does me now, doesn't it?

    Are the doctors running some kind of scam here? If I had only fasted for 8 hours might my fasting number have been lower, and a diagnosis not have been made? Their requirements are that we come in once a week to deliver our numbers... thats it! and they get to charge us the specialist fee for the visit.

    I'm already seeing the dr once a month for scans on the twins, and at 29 weeks I don't have a lot of time left for all of this anyway, so is it worth complaining about? Do I just have to silently question their actions? I've started testing my blood and so far everything is normal... don't know what to do. :(
  10. cheezewhiz24

    cheezewhiz24 Well-Known Member TS Moderator

    Hmm, interesting. I wonder if you could re-test with an 8 hour fast? If your numbers were fine then go on about your merry way. Due to the restrictive nature of the course of treatment I might double check to see if I actually had the disease.
  11. pandax3

    pandax3 Well-Known Member

    I saw the post on GD. I had GD with both DS and the twins. I was pretty upset the first time. I am not going to lie it does take some time to get use to. You have to get use to counting carbs and testing your sugars after every meal. I did not find out till amost 20 plus weeks with DS and I was tested early (at like 12 weeks) with the twins. With the twins, my midwife made me do regular execrise so I went to Pregancy Water Aerobics. It was so much fun. So I would recommand starting a new exercise routine as well. I had keep up with my activty level up. Good Luck to you. Feel fee to message me with more questions. Trust me when you see your babies have good growth and birth weight, you know its all worth it:youcandoit:.
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