Posted By on 17 Jun 2011 04:35 PM
Unfortunately Ms. Goer may claim
to be an expert in obstetric research, but she is not an
obstetrician. Gestational diabetes carries a host of risks,
some of which can be life-threatening. Babies born to mothers
are often larger, and they have an increased risk of not fitting
through the birth canal.
I cannot post links, but you can Google: National Institutes of
Health gestational diabetes
I would venture to guess that Ms. Goer is ignorant (extremely so)
about the nature of diabetes and pregnancy. Ms. Goer, you are
not an endocrinologist, obstetrician, perinatologist, certified
diabetes educator, or even a woman with diabetes who has had one or
more pregnancies, correct? So it's safe to assume that your
expertise on this subject is extremely limited.
Using insulin or oral medications are another step in helping a
pregnant woman with diabetes maintain a healthy pregnancy. It is
not necessarily an indication of a more "serious problem." Insulin
does increase some risk with placental health however and that is
why women who are pregnant and have diabetes (T1, T2, or
gestational) should be delivering in a hospital.
I find that your "advice" is misguided at best and dangerous at
worst. Obviously this is your website and message board so you may
dispense any information you wish. However, it is not wise nor
prudent for any pregnant woman with diabetes to follow the advice
you have posted here.