Originally Posted by shengmei
Is there anyway you can delay it?
I was born three weeks early. It was not fun. I turned up just fine but I have always wondered what would I be if I was born normally.
With gestational diabetes *sometimes* it is best for the baby to be born a little early. There *can be* many complications that come with being born to a mother who has GD - the big one of which is the baby can be born too big, which is not safe for the mother either, especially if you have a small body frame.
Trust me on this - being born 3 weeks early isn't a big deal at all. I, myself, born 2 weeks early and I know a lot of people who were born a few weeks before they were supposed to be and women who have had babies a little early and everything turned out just fine. When I was pregnant, my doctor told me that when a woman is expecting 1 baby there is about a 2-week leeway in either direction as to what is considered a normal length of time for pregnancy. There's absolutely no way to predict with certainty the exact date in which a baby should be born.
The main concern in a baby being born early is *are it's lungs fully developed and functioning properly?* Because I was pregnant with twins my doctor told me that the "normal" length of pregnancy is actually more like 37 weeks, and my twins were born at 36 weeks 4 days and they were both perfectly healthy. They were each a tad bit small (my daughter weighed 5 pounds 2 ounces and was 18½ inches long while my son weighed 4 pounds 13 ounces and was 18 inches long) but they're lungs were fully functional and they spent absolutely no time at all in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I was in the hospital for 4 days because I had a C-section, plus had twins, and the babies came home with me. They just turned 1 year old on Wednesday and you would never know by looking at them that they were born at 37 weeks, except that they aren't quite as chunky as a lot of babies are at that age. Over the last year they have hit their developmental milestones at virtually the exact same time as would be expected of any other baby (keeping in mind there are no two babies alike and they all do things at different times) and my son has even gotten so tall that he is in the 75th percentile when compared to other boys his age!
Anyway, if you were diagnosed with gestational diabetes and want to make the best out of your pregnancy and assure the best for your child just make sure you take the shots as you should and watch what you eat. The majority of the time (not always) gestational diabetes will go away after the baby is born and you can go back to your normal diet.
I don't want to scare you but just want you to be informed, so let me just say that if there is any risk that your child could be born prior to 34 weeks (or maybe it's 35 - I don't recall right now) then be sure to ask your doctor to do a monitoring test on you to check the baby's lung function prior to giving birth. If the lungs aren't quite developed the way they should be then you can be given a short series of steroid shots a couple of days before the baby is to be scheduled to be born which will greatly speed up the lung development.
Just take everything in stride and trust that things will be okay. The entire last half of my pregnancy was no picnic at all (I'll spare you the icky details) but my kids are completely healthy and that's all that matters to me!