Gestational Diabetics?

Discussion in 'Third Trimester' started by Pansy, Jun 15, 2005.

  1. Pansy

    Pansy Well-Known Member

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    Anyone here have gestational diabetes?
    I had it with my first baby and now I am concerned about having it again...I will be tested in about 5 weeks I am just anxious...Anyone have it only once? Or anyone have it with multiple pregnancies?
    My mom is an insulin diabetic so I don't know if this adds to the threat...
    Thanks
    Pansy
     
  2. Pansy

    Pansy Well-Known Member

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    Well I think that maybe I found out today that I have gestational diabetes again...By accident...I had mentioned being tested early to my obgyn but they weren't concerned about it and said we would do the testing at the regular time...Well I went to my family Dr today because my back has been acting up really bad...They took a urine specimen..The nurse came back in and asked if my obgyn has been checking my sugar and I told her no...She said I had sugar in my urine...So they poked my finger and tested my blood sugar...It was at 150...The norm is between 70 - 110...But I had eaten breakfast about an hour earlier so I don't know if that is why...But she seemed concerned and told me to check with the obgyn asap...Now I have a huge headache and don't know if it is connected in any way...So I don't know...I will update when I find out for sure...I really don't want to go through the whole poking myself 6 times a day again and being on a strict diet...It just plain sucks...But you gotta do what is best for the lil one...
    Pansy
     
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    Hiya Pansy

    i've never worked in the states, but in the UK if concerned about the possiblility of gestational diabetes, we test our women with a Glucose Tolerance Test. This is a test whereby we look to see how the body copes with a huge ingestion of sugar. Usually a blood test will be taken before the test to see how much glucose is in your blood. Then you would take a drink of somehting that tastes disgusting as it is pure sugar. Two hours later your glucose levels get tested again - if your pancreas is working well then you will have mopped up all that glucose in your blood...if not the reading is high...hence a diagnosis.

    We measure blood glucose in the same way intially...with a little finger prick test, but it is measured as mmols/l s, normal range of this is between 4-8 mmols/l.

    Good luck...fingers crossed for you :D

    Kieren
     

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