I have gestational diabetes :'(

posted 4 weeks ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It sounds like you are doing great!  Try not to worry too much.  I am 32 weeks pregnant and type 1 diabetic, so I have been dealing with a diabeic pregnancy the entire time (really 12 months prior to pregnancy because it took me a while to get my A1C to where my docs would feel comfortable with me getting pregnant).  It is a challenge every single day. I think about food, dosing, and blood sugar numbers all of the time.  I am dealing with some major insulin resistance too…but I just keep taking more and more! Just stay in contact with the docs…I send them my number 1-2 times a week.  Luckily my baby’s body structures look normal, so you can definitely have a healthy (and not too big) baby with any form of diabetes. 

Post # 19
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Bumble Beekeeper

sugarcloud :  I have type 1 diabetes so a little different but have to do a lot of the same things to have good control. Since you are in Australia I would check out the diabetes Australia website. It will have a link to your state website (ie. Diabetes Vic). They have great resources for pregnancy and diabetes.

Also if you really hate the finger pricks you can get monitors that have a device that goes in your arm and you wave the meter across it to get you BSL.

Also a pro tip on the finger pricking- most health professionals teach you to prick on the most sensitive part of your finger which of course increases the pain. Move it to the side a bit and it will be less painful. 

Post # 21
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Bumble Beekeeper

sugarcloud :  I don’t ever remember injecting hurting but I had diabetes from when I was a baby but I have heard others who got it later in life saying they hurt but after awhile it stopped. I think it might be a psychological thing. If you do have to go on injections (and I hope you don’t) make sure your husband is comfortable injecting you as well. It took my husband ages to be comfortable because he thought he was going to hurt me/snap the needle off in me/do it wrong. I say that because I can imagine injecting with a pregnancy belly might get hard.

 

Post # 23
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Helper bee

sugarcloud :  yep, not long! Particularly if they induce early… They might because of the diabetes. 

She’s my first and probably only so it’s equal parts amazing and scary!

I’m a bit worried about potentially going on insulin but if it needs to be done, that’s what I’ll do! 

I like 

j_jaye :  ‘s idea of getting my husband used to it too! Although I don’t think he’d have an issue

 

Eta- ha! Could you imagine if you hadn’t known! 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

sugarcloud :  Thanks!  I am excited!  Insulin needles are not bad at all…they are very small and can be very short depending on how much “cushion” you have.  They are subcutaneous, so they don’t need to go into the muscle.  I don’t use needles anymore because I use an insulin pump, but I inject the infusion into my belly every couple of days as well as a continuous glucose monitor into my belly once a week.  Even as hard as your belly gets the injections really don’t hurt believe it or not!

Post # 26
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Helper bee

sugarcloud :  Blimey! 4 hours! 

It’s actually looking much more likely that I’ll have to have a c section. I had a scan yesterday for reduced movements and she’s breech with slowed growth and reduced amniotic fluid so super unlikely to turn. I have a scan in a week and they’ll decide if they’re going to go steroids/early c section or leave me till 37 weeks for a c section.

Little bit freaked now! But I’ll go with what they say. 

 

Post # 28
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Helper bee

sugarcloud :  yeah, I was pretty pleased with their explanations of what was going on so I think I’ll be happy with whatever decision they make. It’s all about a healthy outcome!

Post # 29
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Bumble bee

My mom was GD through all 3 pregnancies and my sibs and I seem okay (I mean, were wackadoodles, but otherwise…)

follow the diet!!! Down to the milligram. 

 

 

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