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How Can Gestational Diabetes Affect Me And My Baby?

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My Severe Gestational Diabetes Affects Every Part Of My Life, Even After Baby

Courtesy of Elizabeth Broadbent I knew something was wrong when I was vomiting up everything and started gaining weight. And not a pound or two; at 12 weeks pregnant, I had gained seven pounds in one week. According to the American Pregnancy Association, women with a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 to 24.9 should only gain between 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. Without knowing my BMI, I knew the odds were already against me: My father has diabetes, and his two sisters had hypoglycemia and diabetes, respectively. My grandfather also had diabetes. My maternal aunt has diabetes. I'd barely passed my glucose tolerance test for my previous two pregnancies. I knew that, basically, my pancreas was working on borrowed time. And my giant placenta and hyperemesis gravidarum — morning sickness on steroids, which already had me hospitalized once — just kind of killed it. I had severe gestational diabetes, only at that point in my pregnancy, I hadn't realized it yet. I texted my OB. We didn’t bother with the formalities of a glucose tolerance test to measure the sugar in my blood; she just pricked my finger and prescribed some Metformin. When I got to the pharmacy, the pharmacist showed me Continue reading >>

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  1. fecieanne

    Brain Fog

    occasionally i have a condition I call brain fog. It just feels like someone has wrapped cotton around my brain. It's almost like a pain, but not really. It does make it harder to concentrate and function.
    I first noticed it when I started having vertigo and thought it was a vertigo symptom but now I"m wondering if it might have more to do with blood sugar. Although sometimes when I have it and test my BS is normal, but sometimes it's higher than I like - over 150, or lower than normal around 80-85.
    Anyone experience anything similar and do you think it's related to BS or something else.

  2. furball64801

    This can come from having higher bs than normal. If you have had higher bs in the past even a higher bs can feel like a low. So depending on how long and how high your bs have been in the past a normal can feel like a low and a brain fog.

  3. jwags

    When my hormones were all messed up during menopause I seemed to have a lot of that. Many of my friends call it estrogen fog. You may want to get your hormones levels checked.

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