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Just diagnosed with gestational diabetes 30 weeks?

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Im concerned if this has had any negative affects on the baby, and how do i know i wasn't diabetic before the test?. Ive never been tested before, and I keep reading that diabetes early on in a pregnancy can cause birth defects, and im stressed out.. Please Help.
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Hi and welcome to DD.I don't know a lot about gestational diabetes,but I know it is quite common.I'm sure it's good they have picked it up and will keep a close eye on you.I'm sure someone with more knowledge will be along to reply soon.Take care and try not to get too stressed as that will raise your sugar levels and won't be good for baby.
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Don't panic! My doctor failed to diagnose me. I went my whole pregnancy with astronomical blood sugar levels. Although I was forced to deliver my son 6.5 weeks early, he was absolutely fine. He was big, but he was fine!
There is no way to know if you were diabetic before. The best test will be after you deliver. If it goes away then you weren't, if it doesn't then you were.
Good luck, and try not to worry. My son is living proof that children can be born to diabetic mothers, even if they were diagnosed late in pregnancy, or in my case not diagnosed or treated!
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Originally Posted by lorenzj4 Im concerned if this has had any negative affects on the baby, and how do i know i wasn't diabetic before the test?. Ive never been tested before, and I keep reading that diabetes early on in a pregnancy can cause birth defects, and im stressed out.. Please Help. I had that with my son and he was not born with any birth defects, he was a healthy 6lb. baby so don't stress. Your doctor should have you take the sugar test at the hospital to get a more precise reading on your sugar levels. It takes about 3 hours but well worth it to put you at ease. Good luck and relax.
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Hi and welcome to DD
Try not to worry too much, gestational diabetes nearly always only develops during the late second trimester, so by the time it develops your baby is already fully formed, so there is not the same risk as if you had diabetes before pregnancy. The main risk of gestational diabetes (and the reason you need to keep an eye on it and manage it) is that the baby grows quite large, and/or develops low blood sugar in the first 24 hours after birth. I am sure the people who are looking after you during your pregnancy will be able to help you keep an eye on things and keep the diabetes under control, and it will most likely dissappear after you have the baby.
Good luck with the pregnancy and if you have any more questions feel free to ask away!
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They did a test on me that they said determined that my numbers for 3 months prior were ok. Im not sure what the test was but i know they tested me so im sure they will you too.
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The test mentioned above is the HbA1C; some doctors do it with GD, some don't. I never had one. The urine screenings that you should get at each Dr. visit should check for glucose in urine ( a sign of out of control blood sugar). So, if you had been having problems earlier in your pregnancy, it should have been caught. As a previous poster said, the vast majority of GD develops late in the second trimester.
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just wanting to say hi. I am 28 weeks pregnant and just diagnosed with GD a few days ago. It seems like the main thing is to majorly cut all carbs and give up all cookies cakes and candy. Easier said than done! I just keep reminding myself I'm doing it all for my little guy and in a couple of months he will be here. are you doing insulin or blood sugar monitoring? They said it wasn't necessary but I am checking sugars anyway to be on the safe side
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Don't stress! Typically it only causes babies to be larger than normal and have a risk of getting diabetes later in their own life. Just make sure you are taking care of your diet.
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They definately do grow bigger. My son was 6.5 weeks early, and weighed 6 lbs 9 oz. He was the biggest baby in the NICU!
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