Pre-diabetes and Pregnancy

By abedic Latest Reply 2013-11-22 22:49:08 -0600
Started 2010-07-02 07:40:25 -0500

Hello, I am new to the site just today because I have searched so much on my own and came up with mere bits and pieces. I am pre-diabetic and just found out yesterday that I am pregnant. Any tips on how to stay within the menu the doctor gave me for the diabetes, yet making sure my baby is getting what he or she needs to grow healthy inside me??

11 replies

Katsarecool 2010-07-03 06:25:34 -0500 Report

I also had gestational diabetes with my last two pregnancies; way way back in 1972 and 1975 and doctors back then did little more than watch the weight gain and doing the fasting blood tests. My how things have changed and all for the better of baby and mother.

ccritch 2010-07-02 09:16:04 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect.

I was a diabetic when I got pregnang with my daughter Mia who is now 7 and Healthy no diabetes! I was told not to gain more than 25 lbs, and I only gained the 25, I was put on insulin to help me control and had a great team of doctors taking care of my diabetes while pregnant, My little was 7lbs 10oz and she was 21 inches long. As long as you take good care of yourself eat healthy foods and snacks and follow your doctors regimen you will fine.

Make sure you let everyone know all your doctors, nurses, friends and family that you are pregnant and pre-diabetes. Wear a Diabetic Bracelet just for precautions. Make sure you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and a snack in between. I loved and craved graham crackers and peanut butter.

kdroberts 2010-07-02 08:37:44 -0500 Report

It may be worth meeting with a high risk OBGYN who specializes in diabetes or endocrinologist who specializes in pregnancy and diabetes, they can usually be found in a fertility departments of hospitals. It's a tough line to walk because you have to take care of yourself a little more than a "normal" pregnancy by restricting certain things but you also need to make sure the baby gets what it needs.

You may find that one of two things happens though. Your pre-diabetes may completely disappear during your pregnancy or it may turn into gestational diabetes. It's possible for neither of those to happen as well. It's really hard to predict what will happen because of all the hormone changes so it really is a good idea to get some specialized help.

monkeymama 2010-07-02 08:26:35 -0500 Report

Hello there and welcome to our community. Here are a few tips to help you:
1. Eat foods good in fiber and protein. This will help you control the urges of hunger and will fell fuller quicker and stay that way for a while.
2. Use the plating method. This will guide you with this. Along with using a 9" plate size.
3. Allow yourself one special snack occassionaly (once a week or every other week) and set a limit for this snack.
4. Eat 3 small meals and 3 small snacks. NEVER skip a meal no matter what.
5. If you have to cook with oils/butter. Look more towards cooking sprays, olive oils, canola oils…

These are just a few ideas. Try some of the GREAT recipes here or you can try or If you are looking for fitness ideas offers a lot of great recipes and fitness ideas. Congratulations and best of wishes to you.

ccritch 2010-07-02 09:25:57 -0500 Report

I agree with Monkeymama, eat your meals never skip and have your snacks and use olive oils, canola or cooking spray made from canola or olive oil only.

You will be fine, I know it is scarey, but, I was a Diabetic not pre when i was pregnant, A good team of health care providers who have knowledge of diabetes and pregnancy will take good care of you. You will be fine and your little bundle of joy will be healthy if you follow the guide lines given you by your team of physicians.

God Bless and Good Luck and Congrats!

Anonymous 2013-11-22 22:49:08 -0600 Report

I'm 14 weeks pregnant, I was suffering from headaches. and my doctor referred me to blood sugar testing. They found it's higher than normal, in other words, I'm pre-diabetic. My mother was diabetic. I'm really scared right now. Trying to stay positive & do something about it, but it's so hard emotionally (having my first child, without my mother around). Please Help!

monkeymama 2010-07-02 11:57:11 -0500 Report

I had gestational diabetes with my last two babies. You are truly right here. Also, make sure your medical team is taking proper management and care of YOU. You are paying them and they work for you. Do not allow what happened to me, with Dr.'s negligance. Not trying to scare you BUT it happened to me and almost killed me the day after I gave birth to my middle daughter and blamed it on other things besides them.

abedic 2010-07-05 10:40:13 -0500 Report

I want to thank each and every one of you for each reply that you have made. It's good to know that people like you are out here to support those of us who sometimes need help finding something. I have taken special interest in monkeymama's replies and am in the process of checking out each site she recommended. Again, thank you all, with the baby's daddy leaving for deployment in November, it's good to know I have support like this to help me along the way.

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