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PostSubject: Diabetic   Sat 26 Mar 2011, 3:39 pm

Hi Liz,

It's looking increasingly likely that the diabetes I developed in pregnancy is here to stay. My fasting bloods I had done came back high and I've just had more tests done to confirm that I am diabetic. I am quite mad about it because I eat well, am not overweight and am back down below my pre pregnancy weight!!

Anyway, just a couple of things, it keeps going round and round in my head that I was diabetic during my first pregnancy when I lost my son (I delivered before I did the GTT) and just wanted to know whether if I was an undiagnosed diabetic could have contributed to me getting the pre e and especially so earl?. Also, if it did come back I was diabetic, how would this affect any future pregnancies I would have considering I was pre e free with my second son?

If I do decide to have any more I would request a meeting with my Consultant to go over these things but just interested to hear yours (or anyone elses!) views/experiences.

Thank you
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PostSubject: Re: Diabetic   Sun 27 Mar 2011, 7:01 am

Hi Emma,

I am certain that diabetes is a risk factor for PE, so yes, I think it might help to explain why you developed it so early in your first pregnancy. I don't know about the risk estimates - you need to ask an expert for that - but obviously you have had one "normal" pregnancy now so that must help!

And congrats on getting back below your pre-pregnancy weight. I am quite a long way from that right now. Its so unfair that you still have these health problems!

Best wishes
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PostSubject: Re: Diabetic   Thu 31 Mar 2011, 12:35 pm

Hi Emmie,

Jules is absolutley correct, diabetes can have a part to play in PE and so its very possible that there was an underlying element in your first pregancy.

As for subsequent pregnancies, as always good antenatal care will be the key along with your vigilance & knowledge!
There is absolutley no reason why, if managed correctly, another pregnancy would not be a successful one. I would definately suggest seeking an expert opinion from both the endocrinolgist and your obstetrician to maximise the opportunity for optimum care.

Diabetes UK may also have some top tips - Diabetes UK

I hope this helps,

Best Wishes

Every Woman is entitled to understand what happened in her pregnancy when pre eclampsia strikes. I hope to be able to support that process.
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