On being diagnosed with gestational diabetes

So, I haven’t been around much recently. Mostly, I’ve been asleep. Or counting down the minutes until Mookie goes down for his nap or until the children go to bed so that I can go to sleep.

So much so that it began to worry me a bit. But then there’s the doctor’s inevitable response.

“Well, you have five children. You’re pregnant. You’re managing a small hobby farm. Your husband is gone a lot. You’ve lost a child. Any one of those things can cause your symptoms. All of it together certainly explains why you’re so tired.”

And all I can think is, “Yes, but . . .

Then last week I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. And while that generally progresses as a symptomless disease, I can’t help but wonder if it isn’t part of my problem. Because while I haven’t gone back in for my specific plan yet, I do have a provisional diet I am supposed to try to follow until I get more specific instructions on how to monitor my blood sugar levels. And after less than a week of reading labels, looking for one and only one piece of information — how many carbs it contains — and trying to space them out through the day, I am starting to feel a little more energetic.

And I’m hoping mostly that means it is working. That the baby won’t suffer any ill effects.That I’ll be able to do more than coast through the rest of this pregnancy and enjoy more of the moments along the way. That I’ll be able to play with the children more and do things more interesting than telling them to go do their reading or start the next chapter in their books.

And I’m hoping just a little that I’ll again find the time and energy to write. The one thing I do just for me.

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Dana homeschools her children on five acres in the country with her husband John.
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5 Responses to On being diagnosed with gestational diabetes

  1. Michelle says:

    I saw your post today and had to respond. I don’t know your history with this, but it does cause those symptoms, and it does get better if you keep it in control…it’s not easy, but it is so worth it. Each pregnancy has gotten worse for me; first couple were diet controlled, the next two were controlled with pills, and this last one was insulin controlled. By far this last pregnancy was the hardest to maintain control with, but we did it, I almost became completely(75% ish) vegetarian(not the carb-filled kind…lots of greens and fresh vegetables), and I love desserts(they had to go too :( ). But in the end, we had a very healthy baby, and I still remained diabetes free for now…the risk of becoming diabetic becomes greater as you get older with subsequent pregnancies and gestational diabetes…and I also lost 30 extra pounds after that have so far, for the most part stayed off. :)

    I think of you often and wish you the best in this pregnancy. Prayers and hugs for you and your family. You continue to inspire me with your strength.
    Michelle´s last [type] ..Growing Pains…sometimes they affect the parents more than the kids.

  2. Laraba Kendig says:

    I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes with our 4th child, who is currently 9 years old. Unfortunately, after he was born, I never went back to normal so am now Type 2 diabetic. I was diet controlled for a few years, and now take a low dose of metformin. (And just by the way, I’m skinny like anything — 133 lbs right now, 5 ft. 8 inches.)

    We have 8 children total so I had 5 while diabetic. When first diagnosed, I read Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solutions and it made a huge difference. So if you can get hold of a copy, you may find it useful. He suggests going low carb and I’ve lived fairly low carb ever since. I presume you have a blood sugar meter? I encourage you to use it a lot in the early days as you figure out what works and what does not.

    Our 5 children born while I was diabetic were all healthy and ranged in weight from 5 lb 12 oz to 7 lb 3 4 oz, so obviously I did not have big babies. Knowing is half the battle, and I am guessing you WILL feel better now that you are aware of the problem. I wasn’t super tired when running high, but I did have terrible blood sugar swings that made me feel rotten. After the diagnosis, I realized I’d been having swings most of my life but just didn’t know what they were.

    I pray you’ll feel better soon. When is the baby due?

  3. Dana,
    It’s been while for me too in reading any of your posts. I always smile when I do though and this one was a thrill for me. I didn’t know you were pregnant! YEAH!
    Over the summer I hit a wall and found out through testing I have Lymes. Uggg!!! I can relate to the fatigue and not enough time in the day to get it all done because I’m just too tired.
    Thank you for writing once again and know that you are in my prayers….still!

    You should know that you are also my inspiration in starting my own blog. :)

  4. Jenni says:

    You can always play whilst curled up on the sofa, read a few books, watch some educational documentaries together, get your delightful older ones to put together simple lunches and breakfasts and do some chores whilst you conduct a family orchestra from a comfy space resting as much as possible…. not easy being a mama of six (whether in your heart or running around your feet) but you can space it through the day and manage a bit more rest….. it is a season, don’t feel bad, you will get there! Love, Jenni x

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