Gestational Diabeties

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Gestational Diabeties

Did anyone deal with this while pregnant? Adrienne just failed her 3 hour glucose and now has to start pricking her finger four times a day. I am shocked because she has never eaten bad, always fruits/veggies (remember she is vegetarian) and not a lot of junk. She is still so tiny --only weight she has gained has been all baby! Just seems odd?

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I did not have it but my understanding is that it has nothing to do with what you eat, or how much you weigh. It has to do with how your body processes sugars while pregnant.

ETA: I lied. It says any woman can get it, but there are risk factors that make you more likely to get it. It sounds like she does not have any of the risk factors

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gestational-diabetes/DS00316/DSECTION=risk-factors

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I had it, and I was just like her! Vegetarian, healthy, no weight gain besides baby. I was TOTALLY shocked, and actually thought there was a lab mix-up or something. For me, turns out my risk factors were high (Indian, my dad has diabetes, I was older).

Anyway, dealing with it was no fun, I can't lie. It's work keeping it in control, and because I was a mega-carb lover, it was a difficult shift in my eating habits. Besides the 4 finger-pricks per day, keeping the food log was an effort, and also having to walk for 30+ minutes after each meal was hard. Eventually, I had to go on insulin because I couldn't control it with diet+exercise alone.

Once I went on insulin (which I actually only really needed for breakfast), I'll confess, I started cheating a bit ... in that I used insulin if I knew I wasn't going to stay on track with a meal, carb-wise.

But, because I am nerdy, I enjoyed finding out much more about what I put in (eat) and what that does to me. It was eye-opening, and affects my food decisions even now.

Sorry for the saga - did you just want a one sentence response, lol? Smile

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Hmm Age's grandpa (DH's dad) was type II diabetes so that may be part of it plus she is 29.

She told me last night her midwife was shocked she had it. Age really didn't feel that was the right diagnosis and it was just because the drink had so much sugar and she never eats sugar --told her I didn't think it worked that way -- so she only wanted to test for two weeks and then if everything was normal. .. .

Though she sent me a message at lunch that the test was kinda interesting and the prick didn't hurt much so she started her regime today.

I think her biggest worry is that she really wants a natural child birth and is taking a class in something called hypnobirthing (anyone???) but GD can cause larger babies so she is worried she won't get her dream. We talked a lot about that cause of how upset I got due to Z's birth.

Shelly, I think Age will be the same and "experiment" with how her blood sugar reacts to things.

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When you have your baby with HypnoBirthing®, you will not be in a trance or a sleep. What you will experience is similar to the daydreaming, or focusing, that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or a movie or staring into a fire.

You will be conversant and in good spirits--totally relaxed, but fully in control. Awake throughout, you will be aware of your body's surges and your baby's progress; but because you will have trained yourself to reach complete relaxation, you will be able to determine the degree and the manner in which you will feel the surges. You will experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear that prevents the muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to. In this calm state, your body's natural relaxant, endorphins, replaces the stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.

ROFL I only laugh because I am SUCH a wimp, I cannot even imagine this working for me. More power to her!!

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:eek: Okay, that totally sounds like Age

Don't think that would have worked on me!