Insulin And Baby Movement

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Complications: Diabetes And Pregnancy

When a woman becomes pregnant, the placenta produces hormones. These hormones may change the way that insulin works. As a result, glucose levels in the bloodstream are too high, which can lead to gestational diabetes. If you are already a diabetic before pregnancy, your blood sugar may be harder to control while you are pregnant. What is diabetes? Diabetes is a condition that causes high levels of glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream. Your body uses glucose from food for energy. This energy is supplied to the body when insulin, a hormone, changes the glucose into energy. When your body does not make enough insulin, or your body doesn’t use the insulin properly, the glucose levels in the bloodstream become too high, resulting in a condition called hyperglycemia. For most women diagnosed with gestational diabetes, it goes away after the baby is born. You should have a repeat glucose tolerance test 6 to 12 weeks after your baby is born to make sure that your glucose levels have returned to normal. Over half of women who had gestational diabetes will develop diabetes within 20 years. Based on this risk, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that wome Continue reading >>

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  1. myk's mummy

    Hi ladies
    I was diagnosed with GD a couple of weeks ago and have a couple of questions for those who have or have had GD before.
    Just a bit of backgorund info first...
    I had undiagnosed GD with my only other pregnancy and my DD was born 9lb 5oz.
    I've been monitoring my blood glucose since seeing the Diabetes Educator a week ago and have been following a low carb/low GI diet also.
    My fasting glucose (in morning) is around the high 4's and after meals my levels are anywhere in the high 7's to low 10's.
    *Is it true that Dr's recommend insulin therapy if you have more than 2 high readings per week?
    *Is it normal to feel absolutely starving on a GD diet?
    *Has anyone noticed reduced fetal movement after beginning a GD diet?
    I guess the reason I'm asking these questions is because I don't seem to be coping with the dietary changes. I feel worse than I did a week ago even though I've been eating what the Diabetes Educator recommended and this, in addition to working full time and running around after a four-year-old is really taking its toll!

  2. andrea675

    I'm pregnant with 2nd baby and had GD diagnossed late with 1st, was monitored from 16 weeks this time as high risk for GD again, diagnosed from around 20 weeks this time.
    In UK the guideline levels that they aim for are below 5.5 before meals and below 7.8 one hour after, they are really strict with the after meals as that's when sugar crosses over to the baby and they grow faster. Insulin (or metformin is sometimes used here) is advised if you are following a low GI diet and still getting high readings - I managed with diet changes in first pregnancy but started insulin at 24 weeks this time. It was a relief in some ways as I couldn't keep sugars down even with the dullest diet!!
    I'm not sure if it's the GD diet but I go through stages of being absolutely starving, pre pregnancy I would tend to eat big meals but not snack so it's taken me a while to try and build in snacks through the day and to figure what works and doesn't work snack wise, are you managing to eat smaller amounts more often?
    I didn't notice a change in fetal movements with a GD diet, I was reading the other day though that in non GD women when they worry about not feeling baby move are often advised to eat high sugar snack / drink so maybe that is reason for difference if you're not having as much sugar? This baby didn't get a chance to get used to my usual chocolate intake as that stopped early on (bah!) but don't remember a difference with dd and was diagnosed late with her and did have to suddenly change diet.
    Hope this helps!

  3. ClaireNicole

    I had GD and I'm not sure about your numbers because my meter reads different then yours because I'm in the US BUT I never had reduced fetal movment at all. Payson was a kicker all the time. I did find that it was easier to ignore my GD diet and just eat when I was hungry... but make good food choices.. like grapes... theres like 1 gram of carbs per grape... but I never thought about that.. I would jsut take a handfull and eat them. I tried to drink only water and diet lemonaide because they were both carb and sugar and calorie free. and that seems to help because then I could just worry about my food. You can eat TONS of food that won't hurt you too... like veggies...And I never worried about my fat content because I was pregnant... so they told me I shouldn't be eating fatty meats... well that had nothing to do with my sugar so I ignored that.... You can cut your carbs and not cut out eating! And my advice would just be to find something thats low carb that you really enjoy... or something thats good for you.. because fruit sugars arn't the same as other sugars (although I wouldn't LOAd up on them). But you can't be starving yoruself! When your hungry... eat! and I think it depends on your doc as to weather or not they recommend insulin! I had several high numbers and never had to go on insulin... my baby was also born perfectly healthy!

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