A close friend of mine is rather panicking right now as her pregnancy has progressed because she’s been diagnosed with rather serious gestational diabetes. Here’s what she told me:
“Was diagnosed at about 28 weeks and we are having trouble getting it under control. Diet changes and all – the #’s are still high. They were concerned at the Doc’s yesterday about baby’s tummy being ahead two weeks than the rest of his body – and of course scared the shit out of me. They upped my insulin to four times a day rather than just once a day… Do you know much about it?”
Can you help her with some advice or suggestions?
I have to admit that I don’t know much about gestational diabetes but am glad to report that we side-stepped this issue with our three pregnancies. Here’s what I could dig up on the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (a division of NIH) about gestational diabetes:
“Gestational diabetes is diabetes that is found for the first time when a woman is pregnant. Out of every 100 pregnant women in the United States, three to eight get gestational diabetes. Diabetes means that your blood glucose (also called blood sugar) is too high. Your body uses glucose for energy. But too much glucose in your blood can be harmful. When you are pregnant, too much glucose is not good for your baby.”
“Changing hormones and weight gain are part of a healthy pregnancy. But both changes make it hard for your body to keep up with its need for a hormone called insulin. When that happens, your body doesn’t get the energy it needs from the food you eat.”
This is all quite interesting, but I’m at a loss for helping out my friend.
Can you offer her some advice, suggestions or even calming words as she proceeds with the last trimester of her pregnancy? Thanks!