Former Gestational Diabetic

By Latest Reply 2009-03-25 06:37:54 -0500
Started 2009-02-08 20:36:56 -0600

I was Gestational when I was pregnant with my daughter and the day she was born, it went away! My doctor advised me that it may return in 5 years. Unfortunately, he was right. I am now a Type 1 pumper. For her, it never materialized, but I do make sure she keeps and eye on what she eats, just in case.


9 replies

Bjay
Bjay 2009-02-13 12:30:17 -0600 Report

I am the owner of DiabeticMommy.com and we have a fairly large forum.

Unfortunately, we've seen this a lot - moms come in while having gestational diabetes, have the baby, say good bye - and then we see "I'm back" messages when they get diagnosed. :(

Just today I got an email from a lady who is 39 and had gestational diabetes with her last one. Her doctor told her she would probably be a type 2 after this pregnancy.

She asked me if she could avoid progressing to to type 2 if she maintained really good control, didn't gain weight, and didn't eat any carbs.

I told her I wasn't a healthcare professional, but I did know that diabetes can be unpredictable - although it's one of the "nicer" diseases to have since you do have some control over it if you choose to exert it. I also told her I don't know if it progresses because of stress on the body and organs or maybe it increases our intra-abdominal visceral fat and makes control harder - and that even slender people can have a lot of this type of fat.

I apologized for not having a better answer. I really don't know the answer. Does anybody have one?

2009-02-14 21:13:04 -0600 Report

I was told when I was, I guess, rediagnosed, that I had drank my pancreas to death.

Jlynn
Jlynn 2009-03-25 06:37:54 -0500 Report

i have shared this with some of my friends here in the past but again now..I was diagnosed w/type one during my second or third month of pregnancy. I had been sick for several months prior to the pregnancy and diagnosis ..my aic 18% and sgurs were well over 600's steadily…spent weeks in icu after initial diagnosis and 4 more times throughout the pregnancy. -as the preg. and hormones raise sugars as well-each time was not routine in my eyes I was terrified for the little person inside the "chaos" I met with dieticians and other professionals throughout my pregnancy. I was giving all of the,maybes and possiblies that my baby ccould be faced with due to my condition,our condition really. IT was little ease even after the amnio-tests, were all good, I still feared…
As the time grew closer,my ankles and toenails i believe were swollen,I looked and felt like shreks wife,princess? . High sugars made the fluid around the baby excessive, this meant getting baby out early..Let me say that I think the doctor was surprised at the amount of fluid i was toting around!!because as he went to break my "water" his face turned white and !!!!the ambilical cord prolapsed…emergengy c section..last thing i heard was ..were gonna …we are loosing her..
I awoke hours later..not knowing what? who? how? and where is my little girl?
Learned that she would be in the nicu for a few days at least, her sugar levels too low and not rising up to safe levels..many tests later,all was confirmed to be GOOD, and her levels came up on the 3rd day. But because of the excessive fluid, the doctors believe, it caused her severe deafness. 100 in one ear and 60-70 in the other..
and yet she is my hero,and the good that came from my diabetes..thanks for letting me share again…now Im gonna go squish her and love her..

jsd2005
jsd2005 2009-02-10 21:57:30 -0600 Report

This is what happened to me also. I had three pregnancies, was gestational with two of them and had to do insulin and the whole nine yards. I am now a type one also. The experience with them helped me a great deal. At least the information I received then gave me a head start. I hope the same is true for you. If you have any questions or concerns, this is the place to voice them. There are many with a significant amount of experience and knowledge and are more than willing to assist you in this new challenge.

Good Luck and I'm here if you need anything.

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-09 14:49:55 -0600 Report

I was gestational with my 2 sons, the first 19yrs ago last month and the other 10yrs ago last August, with our daughter (age 7 now) no gestational at all, She was born in July 01 and March 02 I was diagnosed Type 2, I'm a 5th generation and the youngest to ever have it, Laura's case is a bit different she suffered auto-immune failure which took her Thyroid in Sept 08 and it was just confirmed by a second Ped Endo on the 6th of this month she is Type 2 leading to Type 1, the doctor put her as a Type 1 1/2 in her records because she can go either way. She was NOT the child I would have thought would have gotten it but my other kids do random BG level just in case.

2009-02-09 13:15:44 -0600 Report

I think getting it back has, in a roundabout odd way, helped me to live better. I eat better, despite my love of Pop Tarts and brownies, lol. I too have thyroid problems, hypothyroidism.

Amazing what one disease can do to change a life, eh?

Jlynn
Jlynn 2009-02-09 04:36:02 -0600 Report

Sounds familiar..I had gestational with first 2 pregnancies,but never was told to follow up and recheck for type 2 or 1..afterwards…4-5 yrs later i had gotten sick ..lost 60lbs and ended up in a ICU in coma, and to make it more serious i was in my second month of pregnancy(#3)…

jsd2005
jsd2005 2009-02-09 02:37:29 -0600 Report

I too, developed gestational diabetes with my second and third pregnancies and now am diabetic also. So, far I am managing with diet. Although there are those days! I pay particular attention to the carbs in the food I buy and try to cook as much as I can with fresh vegetables and meat. I avoid potatoes and bread, which is extremely difficult for me!!! I eat a lot of cheese, yogurt, low fat jello, skim milk and fruits. Although, I am very careful about what fruits I do eat and how much. I enjoy banana's and really "free food'". Raw vegetables are good also.

It's a struggle on a daily basis as I use to eat pretty much what I wanted. Yet, now the pounds have crept on and my generally over all feeling of health was poor. Other factors contributed to this, which may not be an issue for you. I developed thyroiditis which simply wreaked havoc with my overall health and feeling of
health.

Since, watching my diet, I have seen my sugar decline and my overall feeling improve. I just need to maintain the system I'm on. With three kids and a busy life it can be hard…but it can be done.

If you need anything. please feel free to ask. I am available and was there twice.
Good Luck

Avera
Avera 2009-02-08 23:36:21 -0600 Report

It has quite a few years for me, but when I was pregnant with my second child, I had gestational diabetes also. My doctor told me the same as yours did.

It took about 14 years for me, but I too developed diabetes. Mine was Type 2.

It is good you brought this up. Many women do not believe it might happen to them and don't take the precautions doctors recommend these days.

There have been many articles written this past year concerning this subject and reminding women to listen to their doctors.