How careful do I need to be to avoid gestational diabetes?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Helper bee

@Evie19:  I totally would. You don’t even HAVE gestational diabete. You should look at the sample GD diets. They DO have items like that (daily), but they must be paired with proteins. I have a grandparent with Diabetes (type 2) and I’m on the heavy side of normal. My levels always look great so far (haven’t done the big test yet. There is no reason to assume you will get it. Like if you had had a previous pregnancy with GD or your whole immediate family had diabetes I’d get being that worried. But I think he just didn’t want you having a cake for dinner. 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Evie19:  I think that is totally fine!  Everything in moderation. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

It sounds like having one indulgent day a week doesn’t go against your doctor’s suggestions, so I would not worry about it too much. It is better to allow an indulgent day than to try to strictly limit yourself all the time and then risk “falling off the wagon” or having a binge day!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Your diet isn’t going to prevent GD. I had it and its just how my body handled pregnancy. There is definitely not a downside to eating healthy, but you may have it anyway. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

All I can eat is carbs and sweets, so I’m constantly afraid of this.  Nothing else wants to go in my mouth, let alone make its way to my stomach.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

From what I understood your either going to get it or your not, someone who eats the best diet possible can still get it. I’m no doctor so I could be wrong but it sounds like indulging when you don’t normally is perfectly fine. You’re growing a tiny human I think you should get to splurge when you want 🙂

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve been worried a bit about this. I eat a mostly healthy diet but have definitely been eating more candy than usual. I wasn’t concerned whatsoever, as my friend’s who have had horrible diet’s didn’t get it. But then my mom was like anyone can get it! I got it just from eating too many frozen grapes!

I mean honestly, she probably is exaggerating, and medicine has come a long way in the last 32 years so even if they did say that it probably wasn’t entirely true. Still freaked me out though

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My mom has always been super thin and fit, and no family history of diabetes, but she had GD in 2 of her 3 pregnancies. Just seemed like if it wants to, it’ll happen, if not then not. Once she found out she had GD she controlled her diet carefully and all of her kids were 6-7 pounds at birth, perfectly healthy. Don’t be nervous, it will be ok whether you have it or you don’t.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

All things in moderation is the perfect slogan here!

 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i’m pretty sure it’s not something you can really plan for. one of my friends told me she had GD and she’s one of the healthiest eaters i know (eats lots of salads and no sweets). she also exercises every day and isn’t overweight. my grandma, my grandpa, my mom all had/have diabetes or pre-diabetes. i’m in the don’t worry about it until it happens camp.

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Honestly, there’s nothing you can do to avoid having gestational diabetes. It has nothing to do with what you eat and everything to do with how your body functions while pregnant. I agree with others in terms of keeping your diet in moderation but I wouldn’t overly worry about GD unless it happens to you!

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m very overweight and I did not get GD during my pregnancy. I kept worrying I would because of my size, but it doesn’t automatically mean you will.  Go ahead and treat yourself, much like when you’re not pregnant it’s about quantity. Eat healthy, be active but treat yourself 🙂

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@Evie19:  Honestly, GD is pretty much unavoidable if you’re gonna get it. It’s how well your pancreas handles the increase in your need for insulin, that’s that. Some women handle it well, some don’t and end up with GD.

I also have PCOS and when I failed my GD test (by ONE POINT) they told me that it’s common for women with PCOS to get GD because PCOS is a type of insulin resistance so your body is already hard up on the whole sugar process.

I hope you don’t get it though!

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