Just found out I have Gestational diabetes

prettyinpink0615
By prettyinpink0615 Latest Reply 2011-10-09 20:59:05 -0500
Started 2011-10-08 20:33:20 -0500

So I Just found out I have Gestational diabetes. After watching my aunt die form diabetes and taking care of my dad who has diabetes and having a friend go blind from diabetes guess you could say I'm really scared. Hopefully it will go away after I have the baby but I was told I have a 2 in 3 chance of being diagnosed with type 2 in the next few years. I'm scared for many reasons most of all watching the real damage diabetes can do to a person first hand was one of the worst things I have ever been through in my life. I am a really picky eater and have to literally change everything about my diet. And of coruse the possabile affects this could have on my baby. My anxiety is so bad and I feel like none of my friends or family understand. One min I'm fine the next I'm freaking out. Not to mention I have a serious fear of needles. Any ideas of how to take the scary out of this situation? where can I go to get more educated? How do I help my friends and family understand my fears?


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prettyinpink0615
prettyinpink0615 2011-10-09 20:59:05 -0500 Report

Thank you all so much! It's nice to feel support from people who are living through diabetes. I will for sure keep you updated I have my first appointment with maternal fetal medicine on wed that's when we will go over diet and they are going to teach me how to monitor my sugars. Thanks again for the support and ok wish you all the best on your journey through life!

edvel54
edvel54 2011-10-09 19:52:05 -0500 Report

I had gestational diabetes with both of my kids. With the 1st it just diet controlled, with the 2nd I was put on insulin. Take any class offered about you & your baby..they all help..contact a diabetes educator, do diabetes classes. Take all your prenatal vitamins. If you have to take insulin the first shot is the worst, after that one it gets a lot easier. Having diabetes doesn't mean you will have a big baby. Both of mine were on the small side 6lbs 2 oz and 7.2.
This site has valuable information, have your family read some of the articles with you and then discuss it…
Keep in touch..lets us know how you are progressing thru your pregnancy.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-10-09 02:11:21 -0500 Report

Howdy PIP! WELCOME to DC!

The mother of my 3 sons had gestational diabetes for each of her pregnancies. and the condition came earlier with each succeeding pregnancy. But she was one who did not convert to T 2 diabetes after her babies. The youngest is now 22 y o. The only problem with any of the boys was a large birthweight with the first, because we weren't aware of the problem soon enough.

I don't recall that she was on medications of any kind. I think she had to be careful about what she ate. (and she was a picky eater also).

To take the scary out of the situtation I would suggest you keep coming back here. Talk to and read about folks who have lived with Diabetes for a lot of years, and have lived relatively complication free lives. The folks you mentioned , your aunt, your father and your friend, probably did not have their diabetes under good control. Learn the way that people who have tamed the beast go about their day to day lives.

As far as educating yourself and your friends and family about diabetes, bring them here. Ask questions — because here there is NO stupid question. The only stupid or foolish question here is a SINCERE question which is NOT ASKED!

I am praying for you and your child

Blessings to you and yours

James

Kirla
Kirla 2011-10-08 23:23:07 -0500 Report

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck
Kevin
http://kirla.wordpress.com/