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Old 07-14-2008, 06:19 PM   #1
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My surrogate is pregnant with my twins. She is now 7 1/2 weeks pregnant right now and about 5-6 weeks she noticed she was getting gestational diabetes already. She has had it previously but it started much later in the pregnancy, not at 5-6 weeks. She tested her blood sugar levels at home and they were 280. I believe they were probably that high for about a week or two at the most. Now she has been controlling it with her diet and her numbers are down to 125. How dangerous is this to the developing embryos? How high is 280? Thanks

 
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My surrogate is pregnant with my twins. She is now 7 1/2 weeks pregnant right now and about 5-6 weeks she noticed she was getting gestational diabetes already. She has had it previously but it started much later in the pregnancy, not at 5-6 weeks. She tested her blood sugar levels at home and they were 280. I believe they were probably that high for about a week or two at the most. Now she has been controlling it with her diet and her numbers are down to 125. How dangerous is this to the developing embryos? How high is 280? Thanks
It isn't necessarily that dangerous, but can cause the developing baby to grow quite large (due to chronic excess glucose) and that will make the birth more complex due to the oversized baby. But short term glucose problems are not that big an issue.

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Old 07-15-2008, 08:02 AM   #3
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THANK YOU CORA-that helps ease the anxiety about it all.

 
Old 07-15-2008, 09:05 AM   #4
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If it makes you feel any better I was also diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my recent pregnancy. (Turns out the GD never went away and I am now a Type II diabetic). Anyhow I was super strict with myself during my pregnancy (gained 18 pounds total for the entire pregnancy) and my daughter was born healthy and of normal size.

 
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Me too...same as Uma Anne. I had GD and am now t2 diabetic. I was strictly controlled as well and my baby was 6 pounds 7 oz. and they induced me at 38 1/2 weeks. They will watch her very closely having diabetes and carrying twins and she will be in the docs office A LOT towards the end. Not to worry, this shouldn't be a problem for the babies. A lot of women have gestational diabetes and the babies turn out just fine. Congratulations on your twins!

 
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Thanks-I guess a lot of my concern is that it is so early when the brain and other vital organs are forming, but I do think she has it under control with her strict diet. I'm hoping for the best and your stories help me to feel better about everything!

 
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If it makes you feel any better, I am quite positive that i had it my ENTIRE pregnancy but just didn't know it until they did the glucose tol. test. I think this, because, I got pregnant at 31 yrs old and about 3 yrs after my son was born, I found labwork from when I was 26 showing elevated blood sugars. Everything will be ok! Diabetics have healthy babies all the time!!! Look at Halle Berry

 
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lilbit1973-Thank you SO much, I feel like I'm neurotic right now because I FINALLY have a baby(ies) on the way and it has taken us SO very long. IVFs, IUIs, surgery, several tests, and finally surrogacy. Surrogacy finally worked. You all have really helped ease my mind!! Also, I didn't know Halle Berry was diabetic. That's interesting. Carisa

 
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LOL...I understand new mommy worries. This is the first of many I'm afraid Yes, Halle Berry has been a Type 1 since childhood. Try not to worry, they will be ok!

 
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LOL...I understand new mommy worries. This is the first of many I'm afraid Yes, Halle Berry has been a Type 1 since childhood. Try not to worry, they will be ok!
Hopefully I won't start a huge debate about this, but Halle Berry claims to have been a type 1, but she "weaned herself off of insulin". (Poppycock!) Needless to say there was an enourmous backlash to this in the media. She was either a T2, or was completely misdiagnosed. At the time of her pregnancy, she was not on any medication at all.

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Hopefully I won't start a huge debate about this, but Halle Berry claims to have been a type 1, but she "weaned herself off of insulin". (Poppycock!) Needless to say there was an enourmous backlash to this in the media. She was either a T2, or was completely misdiagnosed. At the time of her pregnancy, she was not on any medication at all.

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Are you serious Cora???!!!! Weaned herslef off meds???? BS!!! Then she was NOT a T1! Either that, or the media is full of it and she was taking her insulin during her pregnancy. I would think that if she was a t2 that her insulin may have been increased during pregnany, not taken off completely. I don't know about the media...they print what sells.

 
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Unfortunately, it wasn't really the media. She was on Inside the Actors Studio and made the ludicrous comment. Needless to say, the fur was flying on some T1 message boards.

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Unfortunately, it wasn't really the media. She was on Inside the Actors Studio and made the ludicrous comment. Needless to say, the fur was flying on some T1 message boards.

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Do you really think there is something to this alkaline or non-acidic diet that allows people to wean themselves off of insulin???? It doesn't sound possible to me. If your pancreas doesn't produce insulin, then it just doesn't and I don't understand how this diet is supposed to help break sugars down so it gets into the cells....I'm confused

 
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I don't believe a diet can cause you to be able to stop insulin. You are not producing insulin as a T1 because your beta cells have been DESTROYED. They aren't just damaged or "sick" or not paying attention. As of right now, medicine hasn't discovered a way to bring destroyed tissue back to life, especially through a diet. It's just not possible to survive for long without insulin as a T1 unless you are so early in the disease that you are still producing insulin, just not enough.

 
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Do you really think there is something to this alkaline or non-acidic diet that allows people to wean themselves off of insulin???? It doesn't sound possible to me. If your pancreas doesn't produce insulin, then it just doesn't and I don't understand how this diet is supposed to help break sugars down so it gets into the cells....I'm confused
I don't believe it. It's too simple and would have been discovered long ago. The Joslin center for diabetes was treating T1s with diet long before the discovery of insulin and they weren't succesfull.

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