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Postpartum Diabetes?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hi new moms,
is there such a thing as postpartum diabetes? if so, anyone have it?
i am having blood sugar issues ie continuously need food (lots of time sweets), i know i am hypoglycemic, but i did not have gestational diabetes. i do breastfeed too.
any info helpful!
post #2 of 9
I developed Type II Diabetes at 13 months postpartum, but I had GD. If you are eating all the time and are thirsty then you should get checked. I lost my vision and had dizzy spells. I have hypoglycemia too, you can have both at the same time, unfortunately. I have to avoid sugar and white carbs all together and eat a very balanced diet.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
thanks for responding.
how do they check? blood sample?
post #4 of 9
I think the method for dianosing diabetes is often a 2 hour GTT, similar to the test given in pregnancy.
I would guess you could be prediabetic, too.
I had GD, and am way too predisposed to diabetes, but I second the idea of eating a low carb, higher protein and fiber diet.
post #5 of 9
Moving to Birth and Beyond. Good luck!
post #6 of 9
I had HUGE sugar cravings postpartum, and was hungry all the time. I didn't have GD, but was borderline, and at great risk for it (I have PCOs, high BMI, family history of diabetes etc). The cravings slowly disappeared after maybe 4 months. I feel pretty normal now, though I am still rather thirsty a lot....I attribute that to the breastfeeding!
post #7 of 9
As far as I know, there's nothing special about being postpartum that can lead to diabetes, but diabetes can occur at any time of life, including during or immediately after pregnancy. If you're concerned, I'd probably get checked, as it's better to find out and get treatment (even if the treatment is just a different diet and more exercise) earlier rather than later.

There are a few different diagnostic benchmarks that are used to diagnose diabetes these days. One, as a pp mentioned, is the GTT, which is pretty much exactly the same thing that you do during pregnancy. You go in the morning, they take a fasting blood draw, you drink the glucola drink, and then they do blood draws at 1, 2, and 3 hours post-glucola. I'm not sure how many of your numbers have to be out of range for an official diagnosis using this method. I do know that if your fasting number is greater than 126, that's enough for a diagnosis right there. They can also look at your hbA1C level, which is a sort of average of how your blood sugar has been running over the past 3 months, weighted more heavily to the last few weeks. And, finally, any test that is over 200, whether fasting or not, is indicative of diabetes, although I think the diagnostic standard for that is that you need two separate instances of >200 before diagnosing. Then there is a kind of a middle ground where your numbers are higher than normal, but not high enough for an official diagnosis of diabetes, and that's when you'll be called "pre-diabetic" -- basically, your body isn't processing glucose correctly, but it's still processing it enough to avoid causing serious damage to your body for the time being.

Wow, I did not mean to go on for so long about diabetes diagnostic tests. Anyway, I agree with the pp who said that a lower-carb, higher-protein/higher-fiber diet is probably appropriate at this point. I would personally probably make an appointment to get checked at a doctor's office just in case, too. Especially if you are having symptoms, such as fatigue/exhaustion/sleepiness after meals, excessive thirstiness (although I know that's a breastfeeding symptom also ), unexplained weight loss, blurry vision, or tingling/numbness in your fingers and toes.

Good luck! I hope it all works out for you!
post #8 of 9
are you still breastfeeding? there is an increased caloric need in breastfeeding women. 2800 calories/day is a bf mom's recommended dietary intake

tips on blood sugar regulation- protein for breakfast- and small frequent meals that have protein- no simple sugars- including juices-

B vitamins help with feeling like you have more energy and are co-enzymes in many body processes - magnesium is also something that helps the body to regulate blood sugar.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
thanks to all who responded!!! i'm somewhat calmer now.
i think i should go see the doc and a nutritionist. :
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