I came here to see if anyone else is dealing with the joys of GD and if they're counting down the days until they could eat like a normal person again :) I'm really getting sick of the restrictions and need to find something new and interesting to eat. Instead of whining about my own frustrations, I'll share my GD experience and empathize completely with Fox.
I can only comment on my own experience as a GD mom. Here goes:
Baby #1 was a CS because of "failure to progress". (Or more likely "lousy doctors") I was 22 and clueless. I think I had GD that went undiagnosed and Jillian was born with several problems that kept us from nursing. (These were more a result of difficult birth rather than the GD.) She was 8 lbs 13 ozs and bottle fed.
Baby #2 was a VBAC. I was diagnosed GD. I was told she would weight 9+lbs and my VBAC was unlikely. WRONG. Katie was 6lbs 13 ozs. She was 4 days late, too. They used traditional tape measure estimates and ultrasound to reach the 9+ number, so as much as "they" would like to think it is, none of this size estimating is an exact science. Nursing was extremely easy and she went on to nurse for 2.5 years. The only reason they took her from us for any time after birth was because she passed meconium and they needed to check on that.
Baby #3 was another CS because, even 11 days after my due date, there was no sign of labor. My sugars were very well controlled throughout, even tough I had a GD diagnosis again. They insisted he'd be 10+ lbs. Graham weighed in at 8.13, nursed like a champ, and never left our sight. Graham nursed without any issues for 18 months.
Baby #4 was stillborn.
Baby #5 is doing well. I am again diagnosed diabetic. My sugars have been great - averaging in the low 80s every week - and even still, they're telling me 9 - 10 lbs. He'll be a c-section.
Here's the cut and dry of my 15 year span of dealing with GD, delivering in 3 different hospitals:
- No one ever forced a bottle on my younger children.
- No one ever treated me badly because of my GD.
- No one ever took our baby away because of sugar issues.
- Nursing was completely doable, despite the warnings that size could be an issue.
- The 3 hour test is absolutely necessary for the lovely insurance company. I failed my miserably, got sick, and still had high sugars 6 hours after the test when I had a routine OB exam. It's a stupid, awful, terrible thing to put a mother and baby through and I really hope they reassess the way they diagnosis this condition in the future.
- If I have to stare down one more high fiber piece of toast and over easy egg, I'm going to protest breakfast for the next 32 days!