I have just been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes?

Abril H asked:

This is my first baby at 39 and I am a little scared of what is going on. We see the Dr. tomorrow, but I am still scared. I have only put on 15lb so far and just started walking again. I am 5″1 1/2 and 164.lb. I do eat fairly well, fruits, veggies, and home grown meat. I guess after the 3 hour test my score should have been under 105 and mine was 131. Just want to know what I should be doing and eating to keep my baby boy healthy. I was hoping so much to have a natural delivery and to go full term. Just hoping you gals out there would have some more info. Thanks all

5 thoughts on “I have just been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes?”

  1. you will be fine just have to watch what kinda foods you eat just because you havent gained alotta weight dont mean the baby is in trouble my girl had it with all 3 of her kids 1st was 8 lbs 6oz 2nd was 9lbs 5oz and my fat girl was 10 lbs 6 oz LOL so your prolly gonna end up with a big baby but the baby should be fine long as you lest your blood everyday and watch what you eat hope that helps sum

  2. Mr. Peachy® says:

    You’re really not all that bad if your 3 hour was only 131. Just keep on doing what you’re doing. Avoid refined carbs, keep the saturated fats down, and ramp up the fruits and veggies. As long as you stick with those and walk 20 to 30 minutes a day, you’ll be fine.

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  3. Emily Dew says:

    I had gest diabetes when I was pregnant too. They will give you a diet to follow and you will have to go in often to have your blood sugar checked. The biggest danger in having gest diabetes is that the baby will grow too big to be delivered vaginally. The way the doctor explained it to me, the excess insulin acts as a growth hormone on the baby. That’s why they try to keep it under control via diet or drugs if necessary. Consequently, I had to have about 5-6 level 3 ultrasounds by a specialist to make sure everything was progressing well and the baby wasn’t growing too big. In the end, I went to term normally, but she had to be delivered via forceps. Incidentally, I don’t know if this is due to the gest diabetes or just genetics (although I’m only 5’4″), but she was a bit longer than usual when born and has always been tall for her age … not freakishly, but model-like. A woman I once worked with had gest diabetes during her pregnancy and didn’t make any modifications at all to her diet. She ended up delivering an 11 lb., 7 oz. baby! It was a nightmare delivery for her. I did not want that happening to me, so I did everything my doctors told me to do and I was fine.

  4. Keep doing what you are doing….GDM can be the result of the amount of hormones your body is producing. It is basically insulin resistance. Your body is producing insulin but the hormones are preventing it from moving into your muscles and be used properly. You will probably be scheduled to see a diabetes educator and taught how to monitor you blood sugars at home.

  5. Eat healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, milk, and other healthy foods. But don’t eat junk foods.

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