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Old 02-20-2003, 10:14 PM   #1
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Have gestational diabetes.....what to do?

Well I went in and had the 3 hour GTT. Not too much fun and found out that my sugar is high. My ? is diabetes runs on both sides of my family. I don't think I have had probs yet with diabetes but could it just be gestational diabetes or is it more likely regular diabetes? Is there a chance that it may go away after my child is born even though it runs in my family? I have to meet with a dietician next week and I will probably have to check my sugar level everyday so I am a little down. I guess as long as the baby is going to be fine than I will just have to deal with it.

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Old 02-20-2003, 10:47 PM   #2
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Re: Have gestational diabetes.....what to do?

how far along are you ? my df is 17 weeks and 2 days and she has been diabetic for three years. she was not diabetic with her two dd's but became after her youngest was already a year old. it runs on both sides of her family too. If this is just recent and you are not overweight then it will probably go away after the baby is born. Just watch your diet and check your levels. kepp them 90 or below in the a.m. before you eat/drink anything and @120 or below two hours after each meal. Val has to check her levels fives times a day, three days a week. But that would be five times each day if she hadn't kept her levels under such good control for the last 4 months. She may have to go to insulin shots eventually but is doing it with just diet now. The finger pricking is no big deal, you get used to it fast. The girls even like to poke moms finger. But it seems uncomfortable if you ask me. Take care, all will be well for you and healthy baby. It is known that diabetics have large babies though and thats another reason to keep it under control. <IMG SRC="">

Old 02-21-2003, 06:32 AM   #3
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Re: Have gestational diabetes.....what to do?

how far along are you?? I am 15 1/2 wks w/Twins. I have gestational diabetes...I was diagnosed about 2wks, and the diet didn't work with me, and I followed it to a "T" I am on insulin so far just 10units at bedtime, but it isn't working. I go back to see the doctor on Monday and we will go from there. Like I said I am following it to a "T" and even cut more out, to try and help, but my levels are still high at night and in the morning, but in the afternoon and before supper they are almost to low. It isn't so bad, the shots are nothing, but you should be able to control it with the diet. They will keeep a close eye on you. It runs in both sides of my family also, but they told me that I know have a greater chance of having it as I get older, and the babies now have a greater chance of having diabetes. Take care, and keep us posted

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Old 02-21-2003, 05:44 PM   #4
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Re: Have gestational diabetes.....what to do?

Thanks Chris and Miranda. I am about 28 weeks along and I know something was wrong b/c I was so sickly tired all the time.

Any other info would be great!


Old 02-24-2003, 09:24 AM   #5
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Re: Have gestational diabetes.....what to do?

I was just diagnosed with GD as well, my level was above 300 so I'm told I need to meet with a dietician & nurse. I was told I need to do injections! This is impossible for me seeing how I'm terrified of needles. I know my sis takes insulin in pill form, but she's not pregnant ... are we able to do this being pregnant, taking oral insulin instead of injections???


Old 02-24-2003, 10:15 AM   #6
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Re: Have gestational diabetes.....what to do?

some ppl can, but for most with high levels, it's not effective enough. If you choose a place to inject that has alot of fat it won't even hurt at all. You get so used to it, since it is a necessity, that soon you won't really mind. The needles are the smallest ones they have and often hurt less than poking your finger. It's good to poke your fingers at the side instead of dead on in the middle too, since there are less nerve endings. You cpuld always get your dh, family member or friend to help with these too. My df often lets her kids poke her finger cuz she can't tell when they will push the button. Gets it over faster and the kids have learned safety as well as taking the curiosity out of checking out moms stuff. Val has always hated needles too, but has gotten used to them. She can even watch them take her blood from her arm now. It's totally uncomfortable, but it has to be done. Gotta keep you mommies and babies healthy ! When you do get all of your supplies, it helps to have a little work station in a central place (kitchen or bathroom), so that you can keep up on checking your levels. Carry your kit with you whenever you leave the house and also carry some sugar/protein snacks in case your levels drops fast while you're out. We use an old jelly jar or spaghetti sauce jar for used needels and lancets. We save money buy just washing with soap and water instead of using alcohol pads all day long too. You need them for injections, but they tend to dry out your finger tips and make getting blood out of your finger tougher some times. These are just some suggestions that we have. I hope all works out the best for you. You may need to set a timer or clock to remind yourself not to just grab a meal or snack before checking your levels too. If you've never done this before, it could help. Take care <IMG SRC="">

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