Happy update on gestational diabetes
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|Thu, 06-19-2003 - 7:03pm|
I don't post often, but last time I checked in I was in a panic because I'd been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Well, it's been about a month and things are going great. I've completely controlled the condition through diet (and the diet isn't hard at all, it's just kind of tedious and I have to set an alarm to remind myself to eat--which I realize is not a problem for many people!--because you have to eat every 2-3 hours and I tend to forget until my body DEMANDS it. I went in to the perinatologist yesterday and they said it's going so well that I don't even have to go back as long as nothing changes with my blood sugar AND I can reduce the number of times a day I have to prick my finger to test the sugar, which will save my poor, sore fingers! What's more the baby is measuring a compltely normal size (the fear wtih GD is that the baby gets too much glucose and gets too big. Worst case scenario they're born too big, too early with immature lungs). So no insulun, no non-stress tests, no further intervention. Hooray!
On the other hand, she's still breech at 34+ weeks, but I'm hoping that will change. And am going to try moxibustion (Chinese medicine) because I might as well even if it is flaky since it's non-invasive. And if that doesn't work and a version doesn't work well, a scheduled c-section may not be preferable but it's certainly not the worst thing by a long shot!
Anyway, wanted you to know that things are back on track and send support and fear reduction for anyone else out there who might be facing a GD diagnosis. I have found out LOTS of women get it and although it's not a terrific thing to have, everyone I know, even women who've ended up on insulun, have had normal sized babies and both mother and baby have been just fine.
Peggy, 41, edd July 31 with a baby girl