diabetes/gestational diabetes connection

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2001 - 10:39am
CVB in CA's picture
Joined: 10/15/1999 - 09:00

pSeveral moms in the breastfeeding exposure topic mentioned gestational diabetes. In my case my PA child was a result of a gestational diabetic pregnancy. I did not have gestational diabetes with my non PA child. Does anyone else have this situation? I am wondering if the gestational diabetes might make the baby more sensitive to allergen exposure during the pregnancy. Also, the same might hold for moms who are regular type 1 or type 2 diabetics. Clearly, there are a LOT more women out there who had gestational diabetes than also had kids who end up PA, but I'd like to know if anyone else had the same situation as I did. Thx./p

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2001 - 2:36pm
Frances's picture
Joined: 11/28/2000 - 09:00

I had gestational diabetes for all three of my kids and only one PA child (my first born).

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2001 - 11:30pm
arachide's picture
Joined: 08/16/2000 - 09:00

I had gestational diabetes for both my pregnancies. My first born is PA, my second born is not.
I followed the hospital dietician's diet plan religiously the first pregnancy. Lots of nuts and peanut butter galore. The second pregnancy I threw the diet plan in the garbage (didn't know 1st was PA yet - just couldn't stand the diet). Both babies had the same birth weight of 9 lbs btw. diet not withstanding (go figure...)

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2001 - 1:49pm
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I did not have gestational diabetes with either pregnancy, one PA child and one non-PA.
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Posted on: Tue, 02/20/2001 - 2:06pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

At the time of my pregnancy, I had been a type I diabetic for 20 years. My one and only child is PA. In hindsight, I feel inclined to blame the hospital diet. I never cared much for peanut butter,and hadn't eaten it at all while prg, but was given it almost daily during the last month of my pregnancy, which was spent in the hospital to keep me "safe" from low blood sugars... now I wonder if it has something to do with my daughter's allergy.

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2001 - 12:10pm
Cindia's picture
Joined: 06/05/2001 - 09:00

I had gestational diabetes with both pregancies. I was on the sweet success program for both. The first was managed through diet alone, the second through diet and insulin injections.
My first child has pa. My second is only 2 months old so too young to tell.
With sweet success, peanut butter was pushed as a good source of protein and I ate it every morning on toast. I believe that this was a mistake. I also know of another lady who had gestational diabetes and was encouraged to eat peanut butter. Her child also developed pa. I strongly believe that there is a connection. I brought this up to the nurses that administer the sweet success program that a follow up study should be done to determine if there is a connection. I think this would be a great study. The nurses don't believe there is a connection (I don't think they follow up past birth anyway.)

Posted on: Wed, 02/28/2001 - 5:22am
Ribbit's picture
Joined: 06/04/2000 - 09:00

I also was gestational diabetic and followed the peanut-filled diet to the extreme. My 21 month old son is PA.

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2001 - 3:48pm
CVB in CA's picture
Joined: 10/15/1999 - 09:00

I was not in the sweet success program (not offered by my hospital- go figure), but would be interested in sending them a letter with you. We should cite the South African journal article about peanut exposure during pregnancy, and any other articles we could find when search engine is back up. I don't think the nutritionists should be pushing the PB so much on the pregnant. This program has direct impact on many women in California.

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2001 - 6:02pm
Cindia's picture
Joined: 06/05/2001 - 09:00

Thanks for your offer of help. I am new to this site so am not familiar with that particular study. Is there a web site I can look it up on? I agree that we need some solid medical studies we can site to back up our arguments. Can anyone out there direct us to some other studies? I intend to do some research as well, but any help would be appreciated!

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2001 - 9:41pm
carrie's picture
Joined: 05/15/1999 - 09:00

My PA son was also a result of a gestational diabetes pregnancy. The dietician I worked with had me eating a half a frozen Lenders bagel, toasted, with peanut butter each day for snack. I also had peanut butter for lunch often or a bagel and peanut butter for breakfast or nighttime snack. I also ate a lot of peanut butter after his birth and while I was nursing him.
I ate less PB for my daughters pregnancy--not gestational diabetes--and she will turn 3 in April. We are having her tested for the allergy this spring. She does not eat any peanut/nut foods and we treat her the same as her brother in terms of what she does eat. We "pretend" she is allergic, also, but pray that she isn't.

Posted on: Sat, 03/03/2001 - 3:41pm
Katherine's picture
Joined: 05/23/2000 - 09:00

I had gestational diabetes with my first son, who is not PA, but not with my second. I ate a ton of peanut butter and Reeses peanut butter cups with my second. Dr said peanuts were a good source of protein. I wish I would have done without all that protein!!


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