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    My best friend has diabetes on both sides of her family. She just got pregnant and her doctor told her she has a high risk of getting gestational diabetes. I have read a few things about what symptoms to look for, but I was wondering if there is anyone who may know more about the effects. Also is there any natural remedie-type things that can be done?

    THANKS ---stdiabetes

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    pregnancy

    It is such a great time in a womens life, yet to have to worry it makes it hard. She needs to be on top of healthy living. All the important things......Diet, exercise, and meds if needed(check with doctor). She has to be aware of how she is feeling and what her body is telling her. With all that in mind checking with the doctors office is always the safest way check if she has gotten it. Some of the foods you want to watch for are the ones that turn into sugar. White bread and rice for example.

    Hope that was helpful!?!

    yankeecandle333

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    • #3
      There maybe light at the end of the tunnel. When I was pregnant for two of my children, I was diagnosed with this. I had to continously watch what I ate and I was tested constantly throughout the pregnancy to ensure my levels weren't too high. After I had the children, the condition did go away.

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      • #4
        Gestational Diabetes

        gestational diabetes is a serious condistion that can eventually lead to full blown diabetes in both the child and the mother.
        Its an inevitability.
        Gestational diabetes is a condistion where the load of the fetus is too great for the mothers [ancreas to handle both the food and sustain a insulin level to prevent Ketosis.
        In reaction the developing ionfants pancreas has to work overtime to combat high glucose levels. BUt the problem is Ketones are already present. And damage is being done. BU\y the infants pancrease having to work overtime, you ahve laready begun to stress the beta cells. The mothers p[ancreas is already stressed. so an elevated Glucose level is there.
        It is standard practice for teh sake of teh devloping infant ot be placed on shots of R or basal to maintain a helathy insulin level and prevent birth problems.

        A shot s not a bad thing. nor is the healthy diet.
        Many gestationals fear giving a shot. Some over ridee that fear. MAny doctors who specailize in gestational instruct on the use of a pump as well.
        What teh sad part is, that if left untreated the development of seconda\ry complications in later life is exceptionally high.
        Both children and parents who have experiencecd this see the trends as they both age.

        Best defense is to get to a DR. that will give a GDMom insulin, bring levels back down, watch her diet and then after the baby is born have monitoring begun,, along wiht a helathy attitude, healthy diet and testing at intervals the ability to tame the diabeties is very possible.
        But the eventual deal is that later on in life it will come for both mother and child.

        j

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        • #5
          Do pregnant mothers have a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes if their diets are high in sugar of "junk" food? I was jsut wondering since you always hear of pregnant moms craving certain foods and sometimes these foods aren't always those that are good for you.

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          • #6
            I know pregnant women have more problems during their pregnancy. They have a higher risk of having a ceaseran, and the baby has a higher chance of getting gestational diabetics.

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            • #7
              babies dont get gestational diabetes

              gestational diabeets is specific to the mother. However like I said in an earlier post the baby does become compromised and their small pancraese becomes taxed.

              theer is no proof or evidence that gestational diabetic women have more cesarean sections. I had it and I had natural.
              Elevated glucose must be managed during gestational with insulin.
              Any OB thats pecializes in gestational shoudl be consulted. But SOP is monitoring, instruction on the use of R and sliding scale, and the importance of exercise to maintain levels.

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              • #8
                This is a Good Time To Develop Healthier Diet

                With all the information available to the Expectant Mother this several months is an opportunity to develop a healthier diet for life habit.
                Cravings are a part of pregnancy and can be overcome with the substitution of other combinations of foods. A variety of healthy foods should available for snacking.
                Last edited by EasyWriter; 10-09-2006, 05:38 PM. Reason: Learning to use this excellent software!

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                • #9
                  But does this type of diabetes goes away once the mother have her baby?

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                  • #10
                    it alleviates itself but shoudl always be monitored

                    One of the things about gestational is it shows that teh ancraese ahs been weakened and that the baby had to compensate and force beta cell growth to cmpensate as well.
                    It is now SOP0 standard procedure for those mothers who have had gestational and children from that pregnancy to three times a year have at least an HbA1C done.

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                    • #11
                      Diabetes can pose a serious problem for a pregnant woman. The risks could vary from premature labour to urinary tract infection, elevated blood pressure to possibility of delivery by caesarean section. The risks to the baby can be that he is extraordinarily large and fat leading to a difficult birthing, increased risk of congenital abnormality, low blood sugar at birth or prolonged jaundice.

                      When pregnant, those with Diabetes Mellitus or those with Gestational Diabetes, must pay more attention to a quality and a balanced diet.

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                      • #12
                        I think that mothers with diabeties of any kind should follow a serious healthy diet. Be conscious about your health and everything that you consume on an everyday basis.

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                        • #13
                          Yes, diabetes of any kind can complicate pregnancy and cause birth defects in the baby. It can also lead to fatal complications for both the mother and child if not well controlled.

                          Gestational diabetes can NOT show up in the baby, so no, the baby will NOT be born with diabetes or develop it as a child simply because his mother had it. Once out of the womb, the child's pancreatic function and BG levels will gradually return to normal.

                          Babies born to uncontrolled or unhealthy diabetic mothers often have serious and sometimes fatal health problems, especially if they are born premature.

                          A1c's should be under 6.0% PRIOR to pregnancy, and maintained as low as possible for the entire time. Also, the mother should be in good health and without kidney damage or high blood pressure.

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                          • #14
                            finding out predisposition

                            ""Gestational diabetes can NOT show up in the baby, so no, the baby will NOT be born with diabetes or develop it as a child simply because his mother had it""

                            according to the department of ednocrinology at Joslin/Harvard adn Yale they are seeing a slightly elevated incidence of MODY in those kids born to mothers who had gestational. So the damage done by the pancraese to overcompensate, while might be normal would, according to teh abstracts be a sign to keep a watch adn tight control on junkfood diets.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jimmys devoted View Post
                              ""Gestational diabetes can NOT show up in the baby, so no, the baby will NOT be born with diabetes or develop it as a child simply because his mother had it""

                              according to the department of ednocrinology at Joslin/Harvard adn Yale they are seeing a slightly elevated incidence of MODY in those kids born to mothers who had gestational. So the damage done by the pancraese to overcompensate, while might be normal would, according to teh abstracts be a sign to keep a watch adn tight control on junkfood diets.
                              What I was trying to say here was that Type 1 diabetes (the severe non-preventable kind) is the kind MOST OFTEN found in children. Having a mother with gestational diabetes does not increase your risk of Type 1 diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a form of Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes does usually not happen in young children/babies unless they are OBESE. We know we can almost always prevent Type 2 diabetes in children, if we keep them at a healthy weight. So, you should not worry your child will have diabetes just because you did if they are at a healthy weight, unless of course, Type 1 also runs in the family.

                              I have seen reports that say that gestational diabetes CAN predispose to Type 2 diabetes in their children, but luckily, we can prevent most cases in children with a healthy diet and exercise. You are right about this.

                              MODY is another type of genetic diabetes. It is NOT caused by direct damage to the pancreas, but rather a genetic defect in the signaling chemical pathways of the beta cells. MODY usually appears before age 25, and is usually in thin people. It is considered to be a rare form of Type 2 diabetes, but it is really not. It is it's own category. It can't be prevented.

                              Thanks for the info. I totally agree the diet we are feeding children today is atrocious. Why give your child a form of diabetes they don't have to have? We already have kids with Type 1 diabetes, which is a horrible disease we can't prevent. Why are we letting kids get Type 2 when they don't have to? I don' t get it? Do you?

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