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Life After Gestational Diabetes

Posted by: admin on Jun 30, 2016 in Pregnancy

lifeaftergestationaldiabetes_imageMy experience with gestational diabetes wasn’t all bad, although I certainly wish it hadn’t been so long. Because I was diagnosed at 17 weeks and my pregnancy lasted nearly 42 weeks, I tested my blood sugar and maintained a strict diet for 25 weeks, or more than six months. It was so long that I completely filled the tracking log and had to make my own pages for the last few weeks. Good grief.

During labor, my blood sugar was tested every six hours. I didn’t have regular food intake, so the tests weren’t timed to two hours after eating. In fact, the numbers were usually higher than the 120 two hours after eating limit that I’d stuck to for those six months. Hearing the higher numbers stressed me out, but they were fine because they could be explained by juice or other intake. And I think they were testing more to be sure I didn’t bottom out.

My (induced) labor lasted more than 24 hours, so my blood was tested at least four times. The first time it was tested as I was being checked in, and the nurse pricked my finger on the pad – something you never actually do because it hurts much more than a prick on the side of the finger. It bled profusely and led me to remind the other nurses doing blood glucose tests to please use the side of the finger for the next two draws. I don’t even remember the last test though, since that would have happened during the drama of nearing pushing, or maybe they waited until after my baby was born to do one more test.

After her birth (you can read our birth story here), my daughter’s blood was tested every few hours for the first day or so of her life. Her numbers were great, so there was never any problem for her or concern about needing to supplement with glucose water, which would have been needed if her blood sugar levels were too low.

As for me, after birth I was told I could eat a “normal” diet, and my doctor recommended a non-diabetic meal like a cheeseburger (in my glucose log reporting any time I’d had a spike it was always a cheeseburger with me, and I had mentioned that in my notes when I emailed my logs). I happily obliged, although it took the hospital nearly five hours after the birth to get food to me!

I also ate a Cadbury Crème Egg that I’d had my husband buy for me (if I bought it I’d have eaten it!). My gestational diabetes was diagnosed just before Halloween, so I missed trick-or-treat candy, Thanksgiving food, a cake for my birthday, Christmas treats, Valentine’s Day chocolates and Easter treats. My baby was born the week after Easter Sunday, so the chocolate egg was still good if no longer “in season.” It tasted AMAZING.

My sweet tooth hadn’t disappeared, and resuming normal eating has been challenging because I want to eat ALL THE THINGS, specifically all the carbohydrates and sweet things. Getting breastfeeding established also increased my appetite, and I’m a voracious eater normally. I’m still working to find a balance for my diet, but I know I can. I learned a lot while managing the gestational diabetes, and I know I want to do everything in my power to avoid having type 2 diabetes, for which I’m at a greater risk now. I will have to have another glucose challenge test at some point, but my doctor said we could wait until after I’m finished nursing.

All in all, gestational diabetes was annoying but manageable. I’m certainly glad it’s in my rear view mirror, and I hope it stays there!

About Mari

Mari Walker lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, Shawn, and daughters Jane (born November 2011) and Livia (born March 2016). A freelance communications professional originally from Oklahoma, Mari also blogs at

7 Reasons Why the Best Birth Days Are At Woman’s

Posted by: admin on Jun 28, 2016 in Babies, Pregnancy
  1. Our Name Says It All. After 48 years of specializing in women, we know exactly what women want: a personalized experience and excellent service.
  2. So. Many. Options. Out of nearly 70 OB-GYNs, you’ll definitely find one who clicks with your personality and with what you want for your baby’s birth day. Want to soak in the labor tub? Want to use the peanut ball? Want to listen to JT belt out “Can’t Stop the Feeling?” At Woman’s, you have options.
  3. Awesome Staff. You might not remember your nurse’s name, but you’ll remember how she made you feel. Our nurses love what they do and are honored to celebrate birth days every day.
  4. Breastfeeding Support. Though breastfeeding is natural, it’s not always easy. Our certified lactation specialists are there to help. Even after you go home, you can call our Lactation Warmline or go to our Breastfeeding Support Group for advice from a registered nurse.
  5. Feels Like Home. With large, private rooms and scenic views, we designed Woman’s to feel more like home than a hospital. We will even park your car with complimentary valet parking.
  6. We Expect the Unexpected Better Than Anyone Else. During or after birth, we have teams available on site 24/7 to provide the best mommy and baby care possible.
  7. Fertility. Sometimes the road to motherhood can challenging. Our partnership with Fertility Answers gives you access to a full-service fertility clinic.

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Bringing Home Baby #2

Posted by: Mari Walker on Jun 23, 2016 in Babies

What a difference nearly four and a half years of parenting experience makes. Bringing home our second daughter has been very different from our first.

Woman’s Hospital Receives More Than $50,000 in CPR Kits for NICU Families

Posted by: Mommy-Go-Round Guest Blogger on Jun 21, 2016 in Babies, Parenting

Bringing a baby home from the hospital can be overwhelming, but it can be especially so for parents of critically ill infants.

Ode to a Celebrated Father

Posted by: Mandy P. on Jun 17, 2016 in Parenting

In lieu of the traditional tie and beer paraphernalia, I want to send out a shout out to the dads as Father’s Day approaches. Fathers often get less applause, but often do just as much work.

For the men who, like my husband, give the kids a bath so I can have a 20- minute decompression time each day, who can fix any toy, piece of furniture, or car malfunction, and/or can teach math to a kindergartner with patience I only wish I had. For those who coach the team, play tickle monster, clean up the boo-boos, and cut the grass…I thank you.

I thank you for your mad grilling skills and for your stats on every sport. I also thank you for the times you had a tea party and had your nails painted. For the hundreds of other things I can’t even begin to write in this small space. Thank you.

I also want to thank those single moms that today you are celebrated, too. You go above and beyond to be both mom and dad.

So for the men/women out there on June 19, know that you are loved, respected, honored, and of course, celebrated.

9 Ways Pregnant Women Can Protect Against Zika This Summer

Posted by: Mommy-Go-Round Guest Blogger on Jun 13, 2016 in Pregnancy

There are no known cases of the Zika virus being locally transmitted in the continental United States. Nevertheless, it is always best to be informed.

5 Things To Do for Baby This Hurricane Season

Posted by: Mommy-Go-Round Guest Blogger on Jun 13, 2016 in Babies

Hurricane season is here. Here are five ways to prepare if you have a baby.

Getting Through the Nausea

Posted by: Mommy-Go-Round Guest Blogger on Jun 09, 2016 in Pregnancy

I’m going to start this post by saying that I know it could have been a lot worse. I got off pretty easy compared to a lot of women. That being said, I’ve never constantly felt so sick for that long in my life.

A Mama’s Choice: Getting Started Breastfeeding

Posted by: Mari Walker on Jun 07, 2016 in Babies, Breastfeeding

I hope my first-person experience adds something useful!

Please S.T.O.P. with the Pregnancy Acronyms

Posted by: Mommy-Go-Round Guest Blogger on Jun 03, 2016 in Pregnancy

Let me just tell you…acronyms are totally O.O.C. on some of the pregnancy message boards that I like to frequent. That stands for “Out Of Control,” ICYDK. Oh, and that stands for “In Case You Didn’t Know,” you know…in case you didn’t know.

The problem with these pregnancy acronyms is that they’re just not intuitive at all. I guarantee you that every single woman who has used or currently uses pregnancy acronyms had to Google them. You would never know what these meant without looking them up first:

  • DH: Dear Husband
  • DF: Dear Fiancé
  • DD: Dear Daughter
  • FT: Full Time
  • FTM: First Time Mom
  • PP: Previous Poster

And don’t get me started on BFP (Big Fat Positive) and BFN (Big Fat Negative). As in a positive or negative pregnancy test. I just don’t understand how adding “big fat” as a descriptor for a pregnancy test result makes any sense.

So, I’ve made a pledge to myself and to my fellow moms-to-be to never use any acronyms when I post on message boards. Somebody started this madness, and we can end it. Join me!

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