Originally Posted by ellairiesmom
I was excited to see this forum still going...I just took a test & it seems we are expecting #2. My 1st reaction was to cry because I wanted to lose 25 lbs before getting pregnant again...I don't want to be sad because I did want siblings to be close in age but...the weight. Agghhhh...I am so sick of dealing with it. I never thought it would be so hard to lose it after the 1st pregnancy.
I am PCOS/Insulin Res & take Metformin ER (1500/day). A little more than halfway thru the last one, I ended up with GD.
Does anyone have any experience with taking metformin while pregnant? I am wondering about staying on it this time around & if it will help prevent GD?
Also, can everyone share what they eat all day? In general I really need to be low carb but find it to be sooo hard. Now I really have to just suck it up & do it.
I apologize if this is all out here already-the search feature is till out since the move to the new format...
I'm taking metformin ER 1000 mg for pcos. My father was a type 2 diabetic. I'm normal weight; I too have not lost all the weight from my last baby, who was about 5 months when this one was conceived - a surprise - that was about 8 lbs difference from the start of my last pregnancy. I passed the 1 hr gtt but the OB is having me track blood sugars anyway (I'm now 33w; this is my 5th pg, 41 y.o. Never diagnosed with gd before). Lo and behold I'm having a little trouble - not a lot - with my numbers. I've had two fasting numbers that are outside the range and one post-meal number (but that was sort of an experiment - pancakes with regular syrup). I don't know what's going to happen when he finds out these numbers; I call in with them later today. Right now I'm waiting for the dietician to call me back about some testing questions that I have.
I'm not thrilled about having to do the testing, but I guess I might as well not keep my head in the sand about what's going on. I think it bodes for my future. My endocrinologist wants me on metformin for life, basically, and now I'm beginning to see why. (meanwhile, DH drinks like 6 cokes per day. I'm itching to test his blood sugar!) But my endocrinologist doesn't do pregnancy, so I won't be seeing him until after.
I can see that if I follow the diet closely (I've been sort of aiming for it loosely, but not being strict, obviously what with the pancakes
), I should be able to control my blood sugar pretty easily - as long as I stay on the metformin; not sure what would happen without that. This is my first time taking metformin all the way to term. In the past I stopped after the first trimester.
I find that I have to keep my carbs within a certain window - not too high obviously, but also not too low. The dietician gave me numbers of 15 for snacks, 30 for breakfast and 45 for lunch/dinner. I find that if I skimp and eat fewer carbs for dinner, those were the times I ended up with a high fasting number in the morning. (I also eat a snack during the night. I have a feeling he's going to give me a hard time about that but I have to.) I don't know if it's a weird metabolic thing (my dad was thin, and had a similar issue about not eating too few carbs) or whether it has something to do with the metformin. OB had mentioned the possibility of stopping, but no way am I going to do that, I think that would be a huge mistake for me.
update - I just talked to the dietician, and among other things we discussed the metformin angle. She said that metformin taken late in the day, like with dinner, often helps with fasting blood sugar levels. I take mine in the morning, simply because historically I get really hungry at night if I take it later. But what she said was intriguing. It also sounds like I'm going to have to defend my pancakes number to the doc, fun. She also said that if I need to closely follow the diet in order to keep my numbers in check, then in her opinion I probably should have the gd diagnosis.