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<p>I now have to prick my finger 4x a day, chart the levels and call my doctor with them, attend a class on gestational diabetes, and follow a diet (during the holidays.) My main concern is that the baby will be affected, I have done some reading about breathing problems and susceptibility to diabetes later on in life. <img alt="greensad.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif"> I also don't want an 11 lb baby! </p>
 

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I'm so sorry that you're dealing with this. I also have gd, I was diagnosed early because I knew I had a lot of risk factors. I know that for me, I had to give myself time to grieve, and to let go of any guilt. Remember that you didn't cause this, but that there are things you can do to fight it. Regular exercise is a must to avoid medication. I try to walk as much as possible and bounce on a mini trampoline 10-15 minutes a day. When you start doing your sugars you'll realize that it's not that bad, and that certain things that you wouldn't expect can raise your readings. You'll learn about how your particular body handles different types of carbs.<br><br>
When it comes to complications it's important to remember that most gd babies are born healthy and that a lot of the warnings are about women who had preexisting diabetes, which is entirely different. It is somewhat more likely that you'll have a larger baby, but not necessarily. All you can do is be as balanced as possible.<br><br>
There are concerns, but now you have the opportunity to address them and work for the best outcome possible.
 

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<p>hugs:)</p>
 

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<p>Thank you for the reassurance that most gd babies are born healthy, A-mac! I have been worried since reading some info, I just need to stop.</p>
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<p>Thanks for the hugs MCS.</p>
 

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<p>My last 2 pgs were both GD pgs. Both my los came out fine, and have had no health issues because of it! The diet can suck but it's all about portion control and protien! This pg I opted out of all tests and still test 2-4x daily but my blood sugars have been nice a low. It's stressful to think about but try not to because stress will raise your #s. Also if you can't control w/just diet Glyburide is safe in pg- and a pill sure beats a shot- in my op at least!</p>
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<p>You and your little one will be fine! Hugs!</p>
 

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<p>I too have developed the dreaded diabetes...I miss my bagels!  Fortunately I do not have to check my blood levels at this point, but will be tested again soon with the dreaded four hour glucose challenge which I am convinced was developed as some form of torture.  The holidays is the worst time to have to watch the carbs!  My hope is that as my pregnancy progresses I will be able to control this with my diet and won't have further complications.  My mom had two huge babies (my brothers - 11 lbs. and 10 lbs., delivered both!) and both my kids were around 8 pounds and I would like to avoid having this girl end up gigantic!  Good luck and happy carb counting! <span><img alt="belly.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/belly.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>I had GD with my first, but everything worked out fine. My blood sugars were well controlled, I had no problem watching my diet, and my kiddo was 7.1 lbs when born. Luckily there are glucometers with very tiny needles, so hopefully you found one.</p>
 

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<p>I do believe the Brewer diet is supposed to be good with GD? Definitely look into that. I hope all goes well for you, mama!!!!</p>
 
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