Re: [IP] Bad advice I think
--- On Thu, 4/2/09, Allison <email @ redacted> wrote:
> From: Allison <email @ redacted>
> Subject: Re: [IP] Bad advice I think
> To: email @ redacted
> Date: Thursday, April 2, 2009, 5:58 PM
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> That's not nearly as bad as my sister-in-law, her
> doctor put her on a no carb diet for 7 months of her
> pregnancy, her and my brother finally saw another specialist
> in her 8th month, but at that point they weren't sure
> they could reduce any damage done by the other OB.
> Luckily my nephew was born a month ago appearing generally
> healthy, but extremely small for a baby with a mom w/ GD.
> He's finally gaining weight in the last couple of weeks.
My niece, who is very overweight, was diagnosed with GD during her first
pregnancy. I don't remember at what point in the pregnancy she was diagnosed but
she was put on an oral med. She had bad side effects (maybe it was metformin? I
don't know much about oral meds) so the doctor told her to stop taking it and
put her on a very low carb diet. She said she ate nothing but chicken breast,
eggs and salads. She was only slightly exaggerating. Her daughter is now almost
5 years old. She was a small baby, delivered at full term, and is still smaller
than most kids her age but is very healthy.
My niece just gave birth to her second baby, a boy, this January. I had seen
her once or twice during the pregnancy and saw her eating things that were most
definitely not low carb. I asked her about GD and she said she was fine with
this pregnancy. Her son was big, almost 10 pounds.
Is it unusual to be diagnosed with gestational diabetes during one pregnancy
but not during subsequent pregnancies? After giving birth to her daughter in
2004 my niece gained even more weight. I'm pretty sure she falls into the
morbidly obese category, or close to it. I worry about her because there is a
lot of Type 2 on her father's side of the family. On my side (and therefore my
sister's side) I am the only one with diabetes of any kind. I know that women
with GD have a higher risk of getting Type 2 and I know my niece just doesn't
think about stuff like this. She's got all of the risk factors - overweight,
underactive, family history, previous diagnosis of GD.
Type 1 dx 4/1987
Minimed 722 + CGMS
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