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Like I said, I've been doing a lot of reading on Gestational Diabetes and thought I'd share this review that I posted on my personal lj:

Gestational Diabetes: What to Expect. 5th edition. American Diabetes Association, 2005
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I'm so glad the community is doing well this early. After reading the last post, it made me want to cry. Finally, there's a group of ladies I can really relate to. Our challenges are unknown by many and it's nice to have a place to come and rant or whatever and people will actually understand. There's comfort in that.

I'm going to be adding tags to everyone's posts, but since I'm knew to that there may be times when my tags don't make sense or something's left out. Feel free to send me a message if that happens.

Also, I found a list of diabetic quotes. They don't pertain to diabetes specifically, but they relate to our issues. I hope you will enjoy these and find them inspirational. If anyone has suggestions about the community, feel free to send me a message. Now for a poll and a quote.


Poll #1346338 Public vs. Friends

Should the entries in this community be public or friends' only?

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"I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but the spirit in which we face them, that constitutes our comfort."
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Before I became pregnant, I'd had lots of fasting blood glucose tests, passed all of them with flying colors.

But I'm a fat woman (morbidly obese, in fact, though you wouldn't normally know that part to look at me).

So they did the glucose challenge early.
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Name: Claire
Age: 32
Pregnancy/Children: I have two daughters, Terryn, who is 5, and Piper, who is 2 months old.
Diabetic Status: I am a type I and have been since I was eight. I have had relatively healthy pregnancies and one miscarriage. The main problems I had during the pregnancies actually had nothing to do with my diabetes, go figure :)
Anything else you would like us to know: I know how scary this disease and pregnancy can be and I also know that there is a lot of info out there that only makes it worse. Taking care of a diabetic pregnancy becomes a full time job in itself and it can wear you out, but it's totally worth it, obviously:) I have two extremely healthy daughters that were normal sized at birth and have had no problems since.

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Hi everyone. I saw the post made in the pregnancy journal earlier, and i was so excited to see someone had started a community for diabetics who are pregnant!
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Name: Jessica

Pregnancy: This is my first pregnancy, though I have two wonderful step children (Damien 7, and Alexis 4) I am 20 weeks and 3 days (until midnight!) and we are having a boy ^_^

Diabetes History: I am a type 1 diabetic, and have been since I was 5 years old (1989) I am currently on the insulin Pump, and test my sugars around 10-12 times a day. I use the carb ratio for figuring out my dosages of insulin. I was completely out of control back in October, and was taken to the emergency room to treat horrificly high blood sugars (above 600) and hat was when i was told I was pregnant. I have been working hard to get my sugars under control, and have reduced my hemoglobin A1C to 6.3 (my new one should be at my docs when i go back in a couple weeks)

Other info: I have had a really wonderful pregnancy so far. No morning sickness, no serious problems...just nosebleeds, and fatigue and trouble getting comfortable when i try to go to sleep. all of my blood work and constant ultrasounds have shown that while quite big, my baby is really healthy. I have always been pretty skinny, though i have put on a lot of weight right in the tummy during the pregnancy, though my doc says its ok, since it isnt fat tissue, just baby.

ive dealt with diabetes almost my whole life, so if anyone wants a shoulder to lean on, or has any questions about good carb substitutes, i def. can help out...i guess i should mention that why my diabetes was so out of control prior to my pregnancy was that i had no health insurance and couldnt afford my meds...but thankfully nys takes care of pregnant women...lol...but i always had excellent control when i was insured...^_^

ok...enough about me! i look forward to making a lot of use of this community though!!! *hugs* to everyone!!!

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Name: Melissa

Age: 33

Pregnancy/Children: 1 child, born 3/31/2008

Diabetic Status: I was classified as having Gestational Diabetes @ around 30 weeks pregnant with my daughter. I was put on Glyburide (don't remember the dosage, just that I only took it once per day). It diminished after she was born, but I still check my sugars when something doesn't feel right.

Anything else you would like us to know: A few years ago, I was told by my OB that I had insulin resistance. They put me on Glucophage 500mg 2X a day. When my sugars kept bottoming out, they moved me to 1 per day. Still with bottoming sugar levels, the dropped me from it altogether.

I have an extensive family history of Diabetes (type 2) that tends to show up in my mom's side around the age of 40.

I am here to help people who have GD and have questions about diet and such.

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Name: Crystal

Age: 30

Pregnancy/Children: Elanor, 13 weeks 3 days old

Diabetic Status: I was classified as Type 2 during Elanor's pregnancy at week 4/5, became insulin dependent for the course of the pregnancy, and normalized after having her. I am not currently actually diabetic, but my A1C is borderline (5.9) However, I do not have to currently check my blood sugar or take insulin. I have my next appointment in June.

Anything else you would like us to know: I'm happy to provide support and information, and to talk about my experiences as a diabetic pregnant woman. I am likely to become diabetic with each pregnancy...but hopefully my next pregnancy won't be for another few years.

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Name: Michelle

Age: 25

Pregnancy/Children: This is my first pregnancy. I am 34 weeks along with a boy.

Diabetic Status: I was diagnosed with atypical type 2 diabetes (atypical because I have no risk factors- I'm young, not overweight and have no family history etc.) and possible PCOS and told that I probably couldn't conceive without fertility drugs and hormone therapy. Due to this news, my husband and I stopped using condoms as birth control and two weeks later we were pregnant! My case of diabetes has caused considerable confusion to my doctors (and me) since then. My diagnosis was changed to late onset type 1 (LADA) early on because of a very low C-peptide test result. My OB disagreed with diagnosis and considered me type 2. Over the course of my pregnancy my A1C has went from 7.4 to 7.8 to 5.6 to 5.7. Due to my two most recent low A1C results I have been told they are not even sure if I have diabetes at all. I have been told maybe I just have gestational diabetes. I have been told maybe it's insulin resistance caused by PCOS. I have been told lots of things but the main thing is they basically don't know and think it won't be accurate to investigate further until after my pregnancy because pregnancy can screw up test results. I took Metformin for the first month and then stopped. I have not been on any medication for diabetes since then. I test my BG 4 or more times a day and despite my seemingly stable A1C, my numbers are kinda all over the place with pretty normal to slightly high fastings (90s-100s), high after meal readings (120s-160s) and often, random low readings (all the way down to 41 at one point but usually 50-70).

Anything else you would like us to know: I am so very happy to have found this community! I have been extremely frustrated about my diabetes through this pregnancy and have felt like I have no one to relate to. Dealing with diabetes and being pregnant were new experiences that I had little knowledge of to start off with. I have learned a lot along the way but not knowing what type of diabetes I have or if I even have it has caused a lot of anxiety. Keeping my BGs under control with diet alone has been a huge struggle and gaining weight has been hard as a result. I have been on bed rest for about the last two weeks because my weekly NSTs have shown that I am having regular, sometimes painful contractions about 4-5 minutes apart and they are afraid I might go into preterm labor. Thankfully, I am not dilating yet. At my appointment Tuesday, my OB said she thinks I might make it 3 more weeks but she does not expect me to go full term. That is scary! The good news is the baby is doing fine and passing all his tests at the NSTs. He is in the 60th percentile for size/weight which means he is not too small and not too big which is great. I just stopped working and driving because of my bed rest orders. Has anyone else here had such a crazy diabetes diagnosis disaster during pregnancy?

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Name: Christine
Age: 35
Pregnancy/Children: 15 weeks pregnant with our first.
Diabetic Status: I am a T2 Diabetic, diagnosed in October 2007. Pre pregnancy i was strictly on Metformin and blood pressure meds. After becoming pregnant, although i've always managed good A1C numbers (on average around 5.5), my body was stubborn and required alot more 'assistance' to bring my numbers low enough to ensure a healthy baby. Currently i take 15units of Novalin (slow acting insulin) in the morning, with 1500mg's of Metformin. (+ my blood pressure pill) At Dinner, i take 6-10 units of Novalog (fast acting insulin), 1000mg's of metformin and my blood pressure pill.
at bedtime i take 5-10 units of high concentrated insulin (Humalin) which is the equivelant of 25-50units of normal dosage. The range depends on what my bedtime sugars are. My morning fasting ranges anywhere from 80-120, the last couple days it's been high although i haven't changed anything about my diet.. it's just the damned Diabetes Fairy paying her visit i guess.

Anything else you would like us to know: I have alot of concerns with this pregnancy and every little tug, pull, ooze or groan i worry about losing our child. Or, problems with my boobs as they grow, the aches, burning sensations, weird pulling feeling, etc. We had a previous pregnancy last year, however we lost the baby at 8 weeks. I thought that maybe once i got into the 2nd trimester that the fears would go away but the seem to have multiplied. Now i am worried about the intestinal cramping (due to constipation), that i didn't have before, because the Metformin causes me GI problems and well, lets just say my desk is close to a bathroom for a reason. :) Now, i'll get the cramping, realize i have to go, go, but it's not difficult to expel, just cramping till i do. It's a very unusual feeling.

I also am concerned because sometimes i feel my belly and i can't feel the hardening, i am a thick girl, 5'7", 205 pre pregnancy, 212 currently, and most of my weight is in my belly, but i feel like i should be able to feel 'something' all the time rather than just getting a bigger belly.

I am glad to see this community because sometimes i feel like Diabetics, or GD'ers have alot more questions that those who have never had to experience the change in diet, the worries associated with Diabetes, the health of the baby, etc may not have correct info, or be completely sympathetic to our concerns.

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