Controlling gestational diabetes
30 weeks and using diet to control my diabetes.
I was diagnoised with GD 2 weeks ago and have been trying hard to control it by changing my diet. This was very hard after the Easter weekend and I was given a few days to get my sugar levels down, otherwise it is medication time. I am terrified I will have to take insulin injections later on. At this stage baby's growth is normal so fingers crossed we can go all the way with out medication. I have also been told I will have to birth at Middlemore Hospital, as opposed to my original plan to birth at our lovely local maternity ward with birthing pools! This made me want to cry and that I will be induced if baby is not here by due date. Another thing I am not looking forward too! Anyone in the same boat as me?
Comments on this story
ambergaps posted at 29/04/12:
Thanks ladies that is very reassuring to hear. I have come to grips with it all now and you are right, at the end of the day as long as my baby is safe and well that's all that matters.
nessie posted at 13/04/12:
I have been insulin-dependant diabetic for 20 years and am currently 5 weeks pregnant with baby number 3. I have 5 injections a day and test my blood sugar up to 10 times a day during pregnancy. Having insulin isnt the worst thing in the world. At the end of the day, it's about having a healthy baby. The complications of poorly managed diabetes is not nice, so if you are offered insulin just take it. And the bonus for you is - after your baby is born, your diabetes will go away.
You should still be able to birth where you want to. Question their recommendations and decisions, and push for what you want. But also, have faith in the medical team as they are doing the best thing for you and your wee baby.
Good luck, keep us posted.
mct5 posted at 13/04/12:
I had Gd with my first pregnancy. I had to go on Metformin, which too be honest I'm unsure if it helped. Basically I spent the rest of my pregnancy feeling hungry because I struggled to find food I could eat without my sugars going over. I was induced at 39 weeks and had to stay in the hospital for atleast 24 hours after birth before I could be transferred to a maternity hospital. I'm now 15 weeks pregnant with my second and I'm so scared of getting GD again.I have had a random test and glucose so far is fine. But I have a friend who is using insulin and she has reasured me that it dosen't hurt, pricking your finger is worse which after a few times dosen't hurt either. So try not to get upset about where and when your baby will be born, so many of us know how you are feleing and once your gorgeous baby is here it won't bother you where you were. And if been at Middlemore means you will have the best medical care then it will be totally worth it. Good luck and just think 10 more weeks :) P.s my baby was a healthy 8pnd 3 and no signs of high levels in mine or her bloods after birth.
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