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Gestational Diabetes: How Will It Affect Me And My Baby?

Find out what this type of diabetes could mean for you and your baby, and how you can manage the condition Gestational diabetes (GD) is a type of diabetes that can affect some women during pregnancy. It tends to appear in later pregnancy and usually disappears after your baby is born. You can generally just treat it with changes in the way you eat and exercise but some women with GD may need medication. Most women with GD have healthy babies and have no further complications after the birth. But it is worth knowing that having GD can raise your risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. What is gestational diabetes exactly? Gestational diabetes is caused by having too much glucose (sugar) in your blood (see more about this in So, what causes gestational diabetes?, below). It affects about 1 in 6 of us and a warning sign can be sugar in your wee – but you'd then need a blood test to confirm GD for sure. Finding out that you have gestational diabetes can be a shock but, "the good news is that, with expert care from medical staff, your pregnancy and birth should both go smoothly," says midwife Anne Richley, And that certainly the experience shared by many of the mums on our f Continue reading >>

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  1. Libbaloo

    I have read somewhere on the diabetes website that having a baby over 9lbs may be a risk factor of being or becoming prediabetic later.
    I had two healthy babies (8lbs 10oz and 9lbs 1oz) in the 90's when I was 30 and 32. They were not particularly big but I was 7lbs 2 when born in the 60's.
    I wasn't overweight when I was younger but the weight has come round my middle in my 40's. That was when I also started on borderline BP and Cholesterol meds. I probably became more sedentary with working from home and snacking more.
    Are we genetically predisposed to Diabetes? No clinical diagnoses in my family but as the generations get bigger and we are eating more refined sugar and carbs, is our BMI leading us down that path?

  2. ButtterflyLady

    Libbaloo said: ↑
    I have read somewhere on the diabetes website that having a baby over 9lbs may be a risk factor of being or becoming prediabetic later.
    I had two healthy babies (8lbs 10oz and 9lbs 1oz) in the 90's when I was 30 and 32. They were not particularly big but I was 7lbs 2 when born in the 60's.
    I wasn't overweight when I was younger but the weight has come round my middle in my 40's. That was when I also started on borderline BP and Cholesterol meds. I probably became more sedentary with working from home and snacking more.
    Are we genetically predisposed to Diabetes? No clinical diagnoses in my family but as the generations get bigger and we are eating more refined sugar and carbs, is our BMI leading us down that path?
    Click to expand... I think the answer to this is complex and I don't know the extent to which genetics and BMI play a part. There may have been people in your family who would have had high normal or pre-D or D levels of HbA1c if they were tested, but they never were, and they never showed frank signs of T2.
    I too have read about large babies and risk of future diabetes. I think both of your babies were big... certainly above average. So I googled average birthweight UK and found the link below, which says at 40 weeks the average weight is 7.63lb.
    http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1004000/average-fetal-length-and-weight-chart
    I've also read that when insulin resistance develops, the next thing that develops is high BP followed later by high HbA1c, and that was the case with me too - one happened about 3 years after the other.
    You mention taking cholesterol meds. Was/is that a statin? Statins have been associated with people getting T2 diabetes. There is more info about this at Bloodsugar101, which is an excellent site if you are interested in more details about T2 diabetes and everything to do with it:
    http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.php

  3. azure

    The risk of diabetes is because large babies can be a sign of gestational diabetes. Women who had gestational diabetes are at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
    Not all large babies are due to gestational diabetes, but the thought is that if someone seems fine during pregnancy and then gives birth to a 10lb baby that that person may have had undetected gestational diabetes in late pregnancy, which caused that large baby.

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