Clear up some misconceptions

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Clear up some misconceptions
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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 5:30pm
Opinion123 This was totally getting buried down below and I wanted to make sure that this was address to you.


You said this: <>

Within that quote you are saying that she purposely puked *in order* to lose weight an avoid an active lifestyle.

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You are mixing up your posters. Your above quote was in reference to a post trip59 wrote. The gestational diabetes is in reference to SAHmommy post.

Trip59 in no way said that she *purposely* puked in order to lose weight.

Please keep up.

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No I wasn't. I was defending the point that Trip59 NEVER said that she PUPOSELY puked in order to lose weight. That is not what she said. The Diabetes poster is a totally different poster and that came up after trip59's post



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Registered: 05-08-2003
Fri, 06-06-2003 - 6:14pm
I'm glad you pulled this out for clarification. Yes, gestational diabetes does not mean one is inactive or even over weight. It is a common complication of pregnancy that goes away immediately or at least w/in 24-48 hours usually following birth (once the placenta has been delivered). You can be a skinny-minny aerobics instructor and have gestational diabetes with a pregnancy. It is also very common to lose weight with a gestational diabetic pregnancy and to lose a significant amount at that. You are immediately taken down to a very restricted diet. And morning sickness (especially when you have it all day long, all night long) and can't keep foods down is another way of losing a great deal of weight during pregnancy.

Thanks design for clearing this up for opinion123.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 06-06-2003 - 8:51pm
Actually, everyone I have have known that got gestational diabetes during pregnancy gained alot of weight, often that is one of the signs that Dr's use to test for it.
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Registered: 05-08-2003
Fri, 06-06-2003 - 9:06pm
Not in my case. And I know a few women I've talked to about it over the last 6 wks and they are skinny-minnys. I didn't have it fortunately with my first pregnancy and thankfully I'm only borderline this time. I keep monitoring 3days a week (4x on those days) and I'm on a very restricted diet. I'm looking forward to "Graduating" as my support group of other GD pregnancy mommies call it and having that pizza and chocolate while everybody else is cooing over the baby there in the hospital room lol

Our ob practice tests ALL mommies-to-be at the 24wk visit, no matter of size, previous experience or lack thereof of GD. It is routine for all pregnancies.

Thankfully we also have no family history of diabetes so my two obs and the diabetic counselor as well as the diabetic dietician says that is all excellent prognosis for me in the future.

I didn't borrow a glucose monitor (I wanted my own, I have a thing about blood contamination and didn't want to use a machine another had used)but they even ask you to turn those in upon delivery at the hospital. I feel very confident since my readings have been excellent and I'm receiving praises 2x weekly when going in the ob practice from my doctors and nurses.

I lost 16lbs which my doctor says he sees all the time in GD patients. One of his nurses had a pregnancy (only one in four) that was GD and has shared her story w/me twice and she said losing all the weight I have is very very very common. She did it.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 06-07-2003 - 4:09am
Technically its the baby that is oversize, not the mother.

Dj

"Now when I need help, I look in the mirror" ~Kanye West~

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Sat, 06-07-2003 - 8:27am
Yep...that was certainly the case with me, anyway. I didn't gain an unusual amount of weight, but the first thing my dr said when he saw Joel was "Oh man, this is a big baby for your dates!"

At just under 35 weeks, he weighed 7 lbs, 6 oz. The NICU nurses teased me that I should be glad (from a weight perspective) that he didn't hang around till the due date, because he would have been freaking HUGE!!LOL

My case might not be all that typical, though. I was diagnosed as GD but after delivery it turned out to be the real McCoy, so it's possible I was diabetic all along and it just finally reared its ugly head during pregnancy.


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Sat, 06-07-2003 - 10:28am
That is right. And I've discovered you wouldn't believe the babies born to GD pregnant woman who are in the 6-7lb weight range. Not uncommon at all. Thankfully (even w/an epidural lol)
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Sat, 06-07-2003 - 11:36am
Now you've met one who didn't.

I didn't lose weight (well, *I* did, but the weight of me+baby went up) but I didn't gain an unusual amount, either. In fact, I was right on track at somewhere around 23 pounds by the time I delivered.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Sat, 06-07-2003 - 11:43am
I didn't test positive for gd with my first, but in retrospect I think I probably developed it, and it was too close to borderline to register at the time I was tested. But dd was only 7 lb 5 oz.

Now, ds on the other hand was 9 lb 12 oz at 38 weeks. But he probably would have been bigger if I hadn't controlled my numbers so well.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 06-07-2003 - 12:53pm
Sorry to butt in here. I read most of the thread but not the entire thread so pardon me if I get a few things incorrect but I think I have the gist of it. When Opinion made that statement about puking to avoid obesity, I believe that it was done with sarcasm. She is advocating an active lifestyle to avoid obesity and keep healthy. While I think that most people subscribe to that theory, most people here also seem to like to argue with almost anything Opinion posts because she is a bit abrasive and sarcastic. So, while she was advocating an active life, also as a way to keep fit after having a baby, others were saying that they don't have to exercise in that they stay thin without it in fact some even lost weight while pregnant because they get so sick. I think that prompted the sarcastic comment that "Yeah, puking to avoid obesity is a great thing." It was almost as if the other poster (and at this point I can't find if it was Trip or SHWM) was actually saying that you don't have to exercise and keep fit because you can keep your weight down due to illness.

That is why in a lot of ways I did agree with Opinion during this thread. She was mostly advocating exercise and healthy eating to keep fit and healthy. Others just like to argue with her.

At least, that is my take on the situation.

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Sat, 06-07-2003 - 1:31pm
I did NOT say you can keep fit by being sick and/or being diagnosed GD with pregnancy. I exercise regularly, when I can't get out of the house, there is the treadmill. Otherwise the neighborhood or mall, walmart or lowes. I get plenty of walking in. I believe you have to keep exercising even if you have morning sickness and GD. In fact, it is very important to stay active (walk up/down stairs, walk around inside house, walk neighborhood, jump on the treadmill, etc) when you have GD because it lowers your blood glucose sugars and keeps them along with a restricted diet to a great number. That has been my personal experience. I even got to have pizza and breadstick last Sat nite (not on my diet plan) and got a very low # because of the exercise helping.

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