gestational diabetes support thread

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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419 posts
Helper bee

Just popping in to say I’m sorry OP. You didn’t fail at anything. I asked my doctor about the GD test early on and she’s like ‘there is nothing you can do about it. It’s really just a stress test on your pancress.’ Weirdly years ago a friend of my sisters had GD did the diet and ended up 10 pounds lighter then her prepregnancy weight after she gave birth. So I used to say I’d just do that diet because the baby was healthy AND she didn’t have to lose weight after. But I haven’t. Maybe at work you could work an extra hour 4 days a week and have a regular half day worked in? It can’t hurt to talk to them about it. That way you ‘make up’ your hours and you don’t have to rush. If it’s a regular appt it seems that you guys could work something out. Even if your birth plan doesn’t go how you envisioned it, it’s such a tiny part of the whole life you’ll have with the kid. So it’s dissappointing, but so temporary. Good luck

Post # 5
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898 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@awakemysoul:  I’m so sorry you have to be transferred. I was lucky to be able to stay on with my midwife clinic, although it is through a hospital with backup OB’s just in case.

I felt really depressed and down when I first found out I had GD, I sulked about it and felt pretty dang sorry for myself for a week. Now that I’m used to it, it isn’t so bad and it’s just a bit of an annoyance having to plan all your meals and take your glucose tests on time.

If you want any tips or just want to chat, this fellow April momma is here for you!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Just commenting to say being rh- really isn’t a big deal. You shouldn’t let it make you stressed. It’s a simple shot once at 28w and then again if baby is rh+ at delievery, no transfusion involved. (Unless of course something happened and baby bled and your body attacks her but your doctors would be aware of this and from the April board I don’t believe this has happened to you. It’s extremely rare these days and not something to worry about, especially with 1st pregnancies).

Post # 7
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3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hey there, I just wanted to pop in and tell you that I’m sorry you’ve been down because of the GD diagnosis. The work thing is annoying for sure, but at least they’re supportive and understanding. Hang in there, you can manage this. Lol, think of it as the first curve ball of motherhood. After all, nothing ever goes as planned, right? ; )

Post # 9
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509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@awakemysoul:  

Just want to agree with PP that being RH- usually isn’t a big deal. It involves getting RhoGAM, an injectable blood product made from plasma but the current Canadian blood system is awesome and I believe it’s as safe as you can get.

But just to let you know, some people can still have complications: I am O- & DH is B+. I had the shots and all was fine but my DD developed moderate jaundice on her first day. The nurses told me that our blood types were the most incompatible and that jaundice can still occur despite getting RhoGAM because it can be caused by ABO incompatibility as well. Jaundice in babies usually occurs on day 2 or 3 because of a normal increase in red blood cell breakdown and the fact that their immature livers are not efficient at removing bilirubin from the bloodstream. They usually eliminate it on their own but when it happens immediately like with DD, it’s considered more serious so DD had to go to the NICU for a while so she could receive phototherapy. She was put in what looked like a mini-tanning booth and had to wear these little goggles to protect her eyes and looked so tiny & cute, my lil yellow bird!

I do not want to scare you OP, this will probably not happen in your case but I had no idea that it could even happen and would have preferred to be prepared since we could not take DD home right away like we planned 🙁

Good luck with your pregnancy, I can imagine it must be a little scary to have the GD but please know that you are not a failure. None of these issues are your fault. At least we live in a time & place where we have access to great medical care.

Post # 11
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1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I had GD during my pregnancy. It was tough the first week figuring out what was ok for me to eat, but I stuck to my diet and did not give in. I was determined to have a vaginal birth and my OB pointed out that the better I ate, the more likely I would be able to deliver on my terms.

 

I had tough days (namely my birthday when I wanted to eat out and was fed up with salad because nothing at restaurants met my needs), but there are lots of low carb options and ways o get almost everything you crave. 

 

I found it was easiest to keep food in the house and not eat out. There are way more options at home. I was also shocked at how bad restaurant food really is. 

 

On the positive side (there really is one! I swear!), I felt freaking amazing once I got my eating on track. I was having a hard time with all the symptoms that come with not eating right with GD and getting a diagnosis really helped. I had energy and never felt sick. It was amazing. I also only gained a total of fourteen pounds. My daughter was 8 of those pounds and you carry 5-10 lbs in water weight, placenta, increased blood volume, etc. I wore my regular clothes until I delivered and had to buy new smaller clothes after I had my daughter. 

 

I promise its really not bad, and you can get back to normal as soon as you deliver. I was actually pleased to find that most of the junk I loved pre pregnancy actually tasted like junk after I was allowed to have it again. I have maintained most of my GD eating habits and am really happy with how I feel two years later! 

 

If you want ideas for variety, I can recommend lots of stuff!

Post # 12
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509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MammaPants:  Not sure if a GD “diet” is similar to one tailored for type 2 diabetes but I do know that it really is the best eating plan available. My BIL is a doctor and he says everyone would benefit from eating that way. I’ve done it here & there just as a healthy eating plan b/c I don’t have diabetes and have to agree, I felt wonderful. It’s mostly about avoiding processed foods, sugar (especially refined), simple carbs…basically high-glycemic index foods and eating good fats & protein…all that jazz. Obesity and lifestyle-related diseases would occur so much less if we all ate this way. But it’s so hard sometimes…

Post # 13
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1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@MaggieF:  That’s what it is! We switched to primarily fruits, veggies, and meat with some whole grains thrown in. We only shop the outer ring at the grocery store. It saves us money and we both feel great. My husband lost 80lbs last year by making a diet change and getting active. I am not a health but, but I see where those people come from! It feels really good to be healthier. 

 

Do not get me wrong, I still love a cupcake every now and then!

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