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Author Topic: Link between gestational diabetes and bed resting? Just been diagnosed!  (Read 5114 times)

kinderroomcafe

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Hi All - I am on bed rest since 21 weeks I'm currently 28w6d and I have just been diagnosed with Gestational diabetes.  I have no risk factors different to my previous 3 pregnancies (all over 30) I was 61kgs when I got pregnant = BMI of 23.  The only difference is lots of laying about and doing nothing - gone from running after 3 very active children to doing... well... nothing...  Are bed resters more likely to get GD?  Was anyone informed of this risk?

Most annoyed about that if it was avoidable.  I'm willing to wear a short cervix, but GD is a step too far for me ; )...
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Hi! I have been on bed rest since 19 weeks and am also low risk for diabetes (BMI 22, normally very active) but have just been diagnosed with GD as well (now at 29 weeks).  I was reading an article on webMD (http://www.webmd.com/baby/oral-glucose-tolerance-test) where it mentioned that prolonged bed rest could affect the results, but I haven't seen in mentioned in any other literature that I've read.  I haven't seen my Dr. yet to discuss management, but I might ask her about this when I go next week.  I'm pretty bummed about this diagnosis, especially since they say exercise really helps manage it and we're not allowed to do that (not to mention the feeling of deprivation of not being able to eat certain foods in addition to all the other things we're being deprived of)!  Hang in there... hopefully things will all be back to normal after our little ones arrive!

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Hi - thanks for replying- it makes sense that there is a link between BR and GD! According to the link you sent I am under the cut off (8), but I think the levels for diagnosis are lower in Australia.  I'm going to an endocrinologist next week for treatment instruction.  I'll post his advice under this tread - let you know what he has to say about managing GD without exercise... hopefully possible!
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Yeah, I don't know how valid those cutoffs are, since that was for a 75 gm dose and I got 100 gms glucose, though my dr.'s cutoffs were similar.  My #s were 76(fasting)/190/140/176... So fasting and 2nd hour were normal(according to Dr's cutoffs), but 1st and third were higher.  I don't even understand how the number could have gone up in the third hour, but my initial test reading was 195 (non-fasting, 50 gm glucose), so they had already said it was likely that I had GD...