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A Healthy Pregnancy For Women With Diabetes

PDF Format A Healthy Pregnancy for Women with Diabetes What is diabetes mellitus? Diabetes mellitus (also called "diabetes") is caused by a problem with insulin. Insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into the body’s cells where it can be turned into energy (see the FAQ Diabetes and Women). Pregnancy health care providers often call diabetes that is present before pregnancy "pregestational diabetes." When the body does not make enough insulin or does not respond to it, glucose cannot get into cells and instead stays in the blood. As a result, the level of glucose in the blood increases. Over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the body and cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision problems, and kidney disease. How can pregestational diabetes affect my pregnancy? If your diabetes is not managed well, you are at increased risk of several of the complications associated with diabetes. The following problems can occur in women with diabetes: Birth defects High blood pressure Hydramnios—In this condition, there is an increased amount of amniotic fluid in the amniotic sac that surrounds the baby. It can lead to preterm labor and delivery. Macrosomia (ver Continue reading >>

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  1. ItMustBeLove

    Hiya Girls,
    Not seeming to get on here as much as I did when I was working lol (well paid to be working) but ever so busy (more so) since stopped!
    Had a routine appt with consultant yesterday - but I'm really big at 27+5 days and my streach marks split and blead (sp) dispite creaming all the time! I'm soooo swollen with fluid! They took me in for a scan A.S.A.P and i've got loads of fluid and baby is measuring at 4 pound - had to go back today and spend hours having blood tests - and think i've got gestaional diabeates - although feel relieved for having a reason for being so big slightly worried about the implications...
    there was talk of a C section.... Augh!!! I was moaning about being frighterned of the pain of a normal labour... now i'm thinking THAT's all I want not major surgery! They spoke about starting me on insulin... how does it work? when do I inject? and how does that affect my baby? The other option is inducing me early...
    feeling a bit panicked :\? worried for baby and scared for me...
    I really prefer not to have C - Section cause takes soooo long to recover and want more babies (LOTS) but obviously i'll do what is best for baby - I just dont want to be frightered into doing it, would much prefer to make an informed descion...
    I'm thinking 4 pound is big but still a bit early to be talking about C - Sections cause he is not sooooooo big yet that he cant come out normally... but if he keeps growing at that rate ... how big will he be allowed to be before natural is out of the question??
    they said they will keep a VERY close eye on me and seeing the consultant early next week again... but they said I might just go into early labour because i'm holding so much fluid... am 28 weeks tom (today looking at time but doesn't count till you have a sleep lol)
    they also spoke about inducing me early...
    all of these.. which ever looks like baby be here early... just wondering if anyone has had the same sort of thing and got any advice...
    I was insulin resistant before I got pregnant so the doctor said this was likely to happen they just all seemed in a bit of a flurry... just trying to prepare myself a bit more of what to expect! and to be armed with info and good meaty questions so I feel like I understand everything! xxx
    thanks lovely lady's!

  2. mummym

    I don't know an awful lot of answers but I think if you insist on a natural birth, they will let you try. It may be you end up having a section if labour doesn't progress.
    As for recovery time, it's another one everyone tells you worst case scenario, my sister had one and was having sex within 3 weeks and driving by 6, again, everyone is different.
    Other than that, no answers I'm afraid, although like you say it is still early and growth may slow down. At least it should mean you have a bouncing healthy baby.

  3. madsbellsngeorge

    Hi hun,
    I am having similar problems. I am carrying way too much fluid as well and baby is large but not 4lb! I am measuring 35 weeks at 29! I had my gestational diabetes test and see consultant on wednesday to discuss outcome etc.
    They think I may have a condition called polyhydramnios, it does carry higher risks of premature birth due to your uterus stretching too big. There are also large risks of cord prolapse and a placental abruption. Therefore I have beentold if my waters break to ring an ambulance and get straight into hospital. They have also said that I would be induced as early as 37 weeks if I dont go in before as they would prefer my waters to break whilst in hospital.
    This is my third and my second came 4 weeks early and weighed 7lb and they believe that as I am only small your body sometimes naturally will not let you carry a baby that is too big to carry. They have also spoke to me about a c-section this time as I have a very small pelvis and needed ventouse deliveries with both girls in theatre and was minutes away froma section then. Therefore if he is going to be large they would rather me have a planned c-section then an emergancy one.
    At 27 weeks though the baby has got time to slow down its growth especially if you are put on insulin as it will control everything therefore he wont become too huge. This is what I have been told anyway and maybe hoping happens.
    God I have gone on and probably not helping but it took me a while to think about a section after 2 natural births, but I think if the docs felt like it was best I would do it as I would rather have a planned one and prepare myself and have hubby there than risk an emergency one and get knocked out adn not even see the birth.
    Wow long post hopefully some of it helps.

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