Re: Diabetes and birth defects
wow, thats really early to be diagnosed! i have gestational diabetes too, and like you im not overweight but do have a family history. however, i wasn't diagnosed until recently. i had my sugar test at about 24 weeks or so, and it was a little high so i was sent in for the 3 hour glucose test. i go to a large practice with like 10 doctors so i don't always get the same one. well the doc i saw after my 3 hour test just said that i failed one part of the test, that i was borderline to just cut back on sugar. so thats what i did, although i did not totally eliminate the sweets, i cut back. well a few visits down the road i got a different doctor with a different opinion who says i definately have gestational diabetes that i failed more than one part of the 3 hour test, blah blah blah... so now im going to have to check my sugar 4 times a day (i have an appointment with some sort of diabetes specialist to show me how) and see a dietician (who will probably tell me i cant eat bread which is freakin me out) and go through the non stress test twice a week. i think the damage has been done though, because the doctors have come to this conclusion so late in the game (im 35 weeks) and according to my ultrasound for growth, the baby is already almost 7lbs! so i know diabetes can definately cause you to have a big baby. although i vaugely remember reading something somewhere about diabetes causing problems in very early pregnancy, i haven't heard a whole lot about it, but i would try not to worry to much. what good will it do now? besides, it can't be all that common otherwise i know we would be hearing more about it and they would probably test everyone for diabetes in the beginning. at least you have the benift of finding out early, unlike me who now has a large baby and is terrified! good luck.