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Topic Title: Gestational Diabetes
Created On: 05/13/2009 02:03 PM
 10/05/2009 02:28 PM

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I saw an article last week about gestational diabetes: [url=http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2009/10/01/treating_mild_diabetes_during_pregnancy_beneficial/]http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2009/10/01/treating_mild_diabetes_during_pregnancy_beneficial/[/url] New research shows the importance of treating even mild cases of gestational diabetes. Women who were treated had fewer C-sections, pregnancy complications and overly large babies than women who did not receive treatment. Most women with mild cases of gestational diabetes only needed to change their diet to get their condition under control, though a few required insulin as well. Just figured I'd pass along the link in case someone could use the info.
 05/25/2009 11:14 AM

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Hey Awartonick - don't know if you've seen the article that Diabetes1 has posted on the front page - but it has some good points like what you have written here as well but aimed more at Mums that already have diabetes - you can find it at this link ... http://www.diabetes1.org/News/...cting_Diabetes_Edition

Have you ever had any children yourself? I would have loved to have been a Mum (a crazy one at that<lol> ). At the age of 20 my GP decided that because I was brittle - having children would be both harmful to myself and the child and performed tubal ligation. Stupid me - went ahead with this - and have always regretted this decision - as I was still very young - and not even dating at the time. Times have changed so much now - sigh.

I hope Lilbabyrose (Trisha) sees this discussion - as she's currently pregnant (she's under 30) - and hopefully doing alright. She originally had gestational diabetes - but then became Type 1. She's now on a pump. I won't say too much here - as I may get it wrong - but check out the few blogs she's written to get to know her!

So, is there anyone out there that is a gestational diabetic at the moment? If so, would love to hear how you are doing!
 05/13/2009 02:03 PM

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Gestational diabetes affects about 5% of all pregnant women. During pregnancy, your hormones make it tougher for your body to use insulin, leading blood glucose levels to rise, resulting in gestational diabetes. Any woman can develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy. However, there are a few factors that make a woman more prone to developing gestational diabetes. If you are over the age of 30, have a history of diabetes in you family, have high blood pressure or obesity, you might be at risk. You can manage gestational diabetes by eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, monitoring glucose levels, and taking medication. After delivery, blood sugar levels usually return to normal, but it does increase your risk for having diabetes later.

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