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post #41 of 48

I'm sorry you're dealing with so much uncertainty :(  Please try not to feel like you did something to cause a high number (one high number, that is all you are looking at right now - you could potentially retake that test today and get a totally different result)...I have known lots of people diagnosed who ate well and were healthy weight, and lots of people (me included) who don't eat as well as they could and/or were overweight, but passed with flying colours (although, on a different day or with a different breakfast, maybe I could have failed the screening too...it is just a screening, and very unreliable).  Did you do the screening fasting?  Some care providers instruct you to fast, others to eat normally, others to eat a light breakfast....what you ate most recently and how long ago that was could impact your result on the screening as well.

 

Also, it varies by practitioner, I guess, but I've never known anyone with GD who's been automatically routed to a c-section.  Induction a bit early is more common, which of course carries its own risks.  Especially under midwifery care (is your midwife working under ob/gyns?  or independent? that would make a difference, I imagine), a GD diagnosis doesn't seem to risk you out of everything other than c-section.  I am pretty sure I'm not going to take the test at all, and I asked my midwife what that would mean for my care given that I have big babies (despite passing all the GD screenings!) and am plus sized...she said it won't affect me one iota (nor would the diagnosis, assuming I kept my sugars in check).

 

Something I find helpful to remember is that I have to consent to these types of interventions.  No matter what happens, if you are truly not OK with automatically going to a c-section or being induced at 37 weeks, you do have the right to refuse that and come up with an alternate plan that you can feel comfortable with.  If your care provider says it's 100% their way or the highway, it's a clear sign that you might want to shop around for someone else, cause even if you pass the 3 hour screen and avoid a GD diagnosis, an attitude like that can be a strong predictor for more conflict as the birth draws nearer.  JMHO.  I hope that you will get great relief from talking to your midwife next week, and this paragraph will therefore be moot ;)

post #42 of 48

Ah, that explains it a bit more, BHappy. From what I can tell it's mostly hormonal and there's not much that can be done to avoid this? I do know some of the things I was eating were... like amazingly high in carbs I was shocked. Like over 60 carbs per meal. I just got home from shopping and was careful to keep carbs at 20-40 or so which was hard enough, but at least there's a lot of protine and meats in those carb counts and it's healthier food, too. Still, I know if I fail I'm gonna bawl in the office because I'm doing all I can now and it still might not be enough. I guess all I can do is try, though. That and pray for the best possible outcome no matter what.

post #43 of 48
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so with another test done, it was confirmed last night by my OB that I do have GD. I am very sad about this. I feel like I have failed even though I have been doing great in my weight wise. I had a feeling this would happen to me and sure enough, it did! I know it's common in pregnant women but at 29 years old, I have just become a high risk pregnancy and I am so ashamed. Now I have to go to a nutritional class and I have to start pricking myself. I hate knowing I have this and I am just so sad greensad.gif

post #44 of 48
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so with another test done, it was confirmed last night by my OB that I do have GD. I am very sad about this. I feel like I have failed even though I have been doing great in my weight wise. I had a feeling this would happen to me and sure enough, it did! I know it's common in pregnant women but at 29 years old, I have just become a high risk pregnancy and I am so ashamed. Now I have to go to a nutritional class and I have to start pricking myself. I hate knowing I have this and I am just so sad greensad.gif


(hugs) I'm likely going to find out which side of the line I'm on today and I'm terrified. It's gotten to where I'm afraid to eat anything at all. :(

 

I think the feelings you have are normal, as they are the same ones I've been struggling with since Thursday. It's hard being thrown into the high risk group, especially if that rules out birth options you planned to use.

 

From all accounts of what I've read, there's little you can do to cause this. Like so much of pregnancy, it gets chalked up to hormones. It's this all-encompassing umbrella of "it's hormones" that is perhaps the most difficult thing to accept and cope with. The weight might not affect it, either, as I lost 15-20 pounds and was normal weight when I conceived plus I walk 12 blocks 5 days a week yet I'm still possibly looking at a positive GD result as well.

 

post #45 of 48

*hugs* I'm so sorry, Lisa!  The pricking part isn't so bad, once you get used to it.  Two weeks in and I hardly think twice.  It helps that you don't see the needle at all, you're just pressing a little button. 

 

I'm 29 too, and this is my first... It's sad that one of the risk factors is being 25+ (it used to be 30... seeing as I'm a month away from turning 30, I guess I'm close enough on that one too).  Talk to your practitioner, though - I'm not yet considered a high risk pregnancy even though I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.  If you can control your numbers with diet, you may not be either.  It depends on your practitioner. 

 

At this point, assuming I can continue to control my numbers, I can still mostly have the birth I want - intermittent monitoring, time in the tub and shower, etc...  the big change for me right now will be whether or not I have to induce (some doctors don't like you to go past 40 weeks, some even prefer to induce at 38!) and the fact that I'll have to put up with frequent finger pricks during labor itself.  My midwife actually told me that snacking during labor will help to control my blood sugar levels, so at least I know that if all goes well, I'll even be allowed to eat.  

 

Obviously this is just where things are for me right now, and how my midwife handles low-risk GD - your situation may be totally different.  Basically, don't lose hope, do some research, and be prepared to ask your caregiver a LOT of questions before you make some informed decisions about how to proceed. 

 

Good luck with everything!!!

post #46 of 48
Lisa--GD is nothing to be ashamed of! It is not your fault! Many women get it who don't fall under any of the risk categories. I am borderline GD too (my risk factors are that I am 32 and I weighed over 9.5 lbs at birth), and because my baby measures large (above the 95 percentile), I am taking insulin now, too, even though my daily blood sugar values are fine.

Don't stress about this. I am a serious needle-phobe (as in, I pass out at the slightest medical invasion of my body, even if I am lying flat on my back!), and I am doing both the pricking (6 times per day!) and insulin injections (3 times per day) without batting an eye. Both the pricking and the insulin are hard the first few times, but once you realize it doesn't hurt, you will get into the rhythm of it. I enjoy plotting my numbers in excel to see how I am doing. And whenever I find it hard to prick myself, I just take a deep breath and think about my tiny baby who needs me to do this for him. Also, the nutrition class is a good thing: I found it really helped me to structure my eating habits over the day, so that I don't eat too many carbs all at once. Even if you're not GD, this is a good thing to be aware of!

I totally understand how you are feeling, though. I was also really sad when I first found out. My pregnancy was going so well, and now this! But worrying only stresses out the baby. So relax, take a deep breath, and stop blaming yourself. There is nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to be sad about. In fact, you should be happy that you found out early, so you can take steps to help your baby to be healthy!

ETA: Will being "high-risk" effect your birth plan? I know if you take insulin, they often recommend (or require) that you birth at a place with an NICU, but if you are managing your GD with nutrition, it should not effect where you give birth, should it? (I didn't read through the entire thread, so if you already said this, I am sorry.) The hospital where I plan to give birth is totally fine with my GD and insulin. They want me to induce at 38 weeks, but said it is ultimately up to me.
post #47 of 48
Thread Starter 

Thank you ladies for the support. Today was my first day with the pricking and your right its not that bad. It just sucks that I have to do it 4 times a day! I was so nervous this morning that it took me 3 tries to finally be able to do it. I am just glad that I only have 11 weeks to do this. When I woke up this morning my levels were higher than normal but after I had lunch my levels were under the cut off line which is of course a great thing. I'm already missing my ice cream though :-(

post #48 of 48
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Just alittle update, since I have been watching what Im eating, I've lost 7lbs!!!!!!!! If it was only this easy when I am not pregnant to lose weight!

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