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I got a call from my OB office and was told that three of my three hour tests were high and that I need to see the diabetes specialist. Before I was diagnosed and even before I got pregnant, I knew diabetes was manageable and that many women go on to have healthy babies.
However, after recieving that call, I ended crying for about a half and hour afterwards and I couldn't help feeling very angry. I had none of the risk factors, I ate healthy for the most part, I exercised every day and I thought I was doing everything right. I was active before I got pregnant and ate healthy. No one is my family has ever had diabetes. I guess I just can't understand why this happened. And now I'm worried about my baby.
This part will sound very selfish. But when one of my relatives was pregnant two years ago, she was over weight before becoming pregnant, and while pregnant, she ate everything that she wanted and has bragged that she ate fast food every night and practically lived off ice cream. I guess I'm a little annoyed that she did not get GD and I did. i also know of many other people who ate whatever and did not get GD. And I was crazy enough to think that monitoring everything I ate, my nutrients, and my calorie intake would be beneficial :/
*hugs* I know how you feel. I was angry when I got the call with the diagnosis as well. At the end of the day it's something we have absolutely no control over. I had no indications for GD either. It doesn't run in my family, I ate pretty well, work kept me active. While sometimes those things do play a role, GD is a prime example of how hormones are a force to be reckoned with.
Unfortunately our hormones are interfering with our bodies' insulin production and absorption. No one really knows WHY this happens, but it does.
All I can really say is don't worry about it. Truly. As long as you eat well and keep your sugars within a normal range there is nothing to worry about when it comes to your baby and your own health. If anything I see GD as a blessing in disguise. While the professionals seem to think I'm more at risk for having a bigger baby, I think I'm more likely to have a normal sized baby because I'm meticulously watching what I eat and keeping my sugars low and balanced. I may have the wrong idea and underestimating my GD a little, but the women I talk to who have had 9+ pounders at birth didn't have GD and ate all the carbs their little hearts desired. To my logic THAT's more likely to make a big baby.
Anyway, the doctors will play up the risks and make it sound worse than it really is. Just don't let them use it as a means of bullying you into unnecessary interventions like induction or c-section if you really want a vaginal birth. I don't know what kind of birth you hope to have, but I want a natural vaginal birth and I won't let them induce by unnatural means or tell me I need a c-section because I know that even if my baby is close to 10 lbs (despite my efforts) I know I can still delivery vaginally.
I hope I've helped a little at least. As a side note, counting your calories isn't what's important. You gotta count your CARBS and make sure you balance those carbs out with protein. The protein is so important because it stabilizes the sugars your body burns off.
Hannah Elizabeth born June 30, 2012
via Cesarean due to breech presentation
7 lbs 15 oz, 20.5 in