... metformin and glybyride is it safe for the baby?
Hi. I have type II diabetes induced by medication. I did have gestational diabetes. It was controlled with careful diet. I gained 23 pounds with the pregnancy and my beautiful daughter was under seven pounds, c-section, and two weeks early.
Insulin is effective with type II IF you are careful with your diet. For those who think a pill can handle it all, they often are not doing the diet part with it. Both need to be done. I would go with insulin in your situation as you have fine control as your hormones will be changing all the time, thereby changing your insulin need. Your doc, I think, is correct. For the safety of you and the baby, please check with your OB first as they are very used to this condition. Any remaining questions goes back to your Endo.
Be sure you are doing meter readings four times per day. This is not a time to be lax. I have a friend who has had diabetes since childhood. She is very lax with her diet and keeping track of her readings. She went into shock when preganant. She is going blind at age 48. My husbands cousin would unhook her insulin system so she could binge eat. Even after a trip to the ICU after being found in a coma, she continued over eating and not staying on her diet. Her body was found four days after she went into a coma and died. Her insulin system was off.
Not trying to scare you too much, but this is serious. Diet is the key factor. With all the medications I take, I stay in very good control because I watch my diet: my A1c last month was 6.2...
The OB should be giving you a diet plan to follow. Consider this your first steps as a parent with this child. Be a wonderful mom as the baby grows. Keeping your body healthy will keep your baby healthy.
Insulin is virtually painless. Looks spooky, very easy. Ask for the finest needles and get the Novolog flex pens or similar. That way there are no syringes, bottles to refrigerate at work and travel. They are worth it. Get the finest lancets for testing.
Most of all, with some thought that this is for the baby, you will be fine and have a beautiful child, healthy, happy and ready for the world. Congrats on the pregnancy and stay in touch.
Diabetes runs in my husbands family. He has type two also, & is on glyberide & metaforim to help control his blood glucose. His daughter on her 2nd pregnancy got gestational diabetes which the doctor thought would go away after the birth. It usually does, but everyone is different. She got full blown diabetes, type one, & could not control her glusoe even with insulin injections, & is now on an insulin pump. This is nothing to muck about with. Take your meds as prescribed, & if your doctor feels you need insulin, you will have to get over the fear of the needle. It's a very small needle & once you do it, you will find it is not a big deal at all. Your doctor will show you how to do this in the office & have you do it to yourself. I don't like needles either, but give my self shots every day of the drug called Forteo for my bones. It is very important not only for you, but the health & well being of your child.
If you are not healthy, your baby will not be either. I know it scares you, but please think of your babies health first. Just my thoughts... Mary
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