218 days pregnant & dealing with Gestational Diabetes

Today I am 217 days pregnant ( 31 weeks and 1 day).
As I mentioned on previous posts, I had been diagnosed
with Gestation Diabetes. I think I left you on the last post
saying that I was going to visit with the doc and possibly have
to get insulin. Well, yep he said I need insulin. The diet
wasn't working, so I take 5 injections a day!! UGH
It hasn't been "as bad" as I thought. I take Humulin by syringe
in the morning and at night (2 doses) and then the
Humalog pen with breakfast, lunch, and dinner (3 doses). The
pen is very similar to what I used in my fertility treatments, so
I felt like a pro! ha I was really nervous to use the syringe, but
the needle wasn't big at all, infact it hurts less than the pen!!
Here is a little bit of info for those who aren't very familar
with gestational diabetes:
When you eat, your digestive system breaks most of your food
down into a type of sugar called glucose. The glucose enters your
bloodstream and then — with the help of insulin, a hormone
made by your pancreas — provides fuel for the cells of your
body. Like the type 1 and type 2 diabetes you can get when
you're not pregnant, gestational diabetes causes the glucose
to stay in your blood instead of moving into your cells and
getting converted to energy. Why does this sometimes happen
when you're pregnant? During pregnancy, your hormones make
it tougher for your body to use insulin, so your pancreas needs
to produce more of it. For most moms-to be, this isn't a
problem: As your need for insulin increases, your pancreas
dutifully secretes more of it. But when a woman's pancreas
can't keep up with the insulin demand and her blood glucose
levels get too high, the result is gestational diabetes.Most
women with gestational diabetes don't remain diabetic once
the baby is born. Once you've had it, though, you're at higher
risk for getting it again during a future pregnancy and for
becoming diabetic later in life.
My next OB appt is on the 30th. I believe they'll will be keeping
a close watch on Miss Stella so that she doesn't get too big!
For most women with gestational diabetes, the main worry is that
too much glucose will end up in the baby's blood. When that
happens, the baby's pancreas needs to produce more insulin
to process the extra glucose. All this excess blood sugar and
insulin can cause your baby to make more fat and put on extra
weight, particularly in the upper body.


Chelsa said...

you are just coming right along!! i can't believe you are already 31 weeks (i know i say that every week don't i?!) lol.

i'm glad you're dealing well w/ your GD. i'm sure it is no fun, but i know you will take good care of yourself and miss stella.

keep the updates coming- i love 'em!

Josh and Kristi said...

Stella will be here soon! I love the pic of you and the girls touching your belly. Kristi