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March 24th, 2010, 07:20 PM
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I won't bore you all with the details again (you can actually read my posts on the forum if you want the full story) short version is my first DD was 9lbs 13oz (passed my 3 hr that pregnancy and she passed testing at birth fine) but with this pregnancy they had me test early, failed 1hr... passed 3hr. They made me take it again at 28wks, again failed 1 hour and refused 3hr (to hard to find someone to watch DD and I hate being poked) so I opted for a home meter and tested 4x per day w/o any diet changes.. that was 2 months ago and my readings have all been perfect, ie no GD. Well my OB practice seems unwilling to take it off my chart, they smile and nod and agree with me looking at my numbers but the next week when I see a different OB I have to go through the whole explanation again. I'm 37 1/2 wks now and scheduled for a c-section in less then 2 weeks and have just sort of accepted they are idiots.

My concern though is will they be poking/torturing my newborn based on them having GD on my chart even if I have 2 months of readings to prove otherwise? I have one more appointment next week before my section and I was wondering if I should get into it with the OB I see to insist I see it's written down that I DO NOT have it? I even found out that the NST's they insisted I go to (w/o explaining why, I assumed it was because I'm just shy of 35... no other issues) are actually being billed to my insurance as my having GD (found out from the nurse at the hospital). It's such a crazy mess but again, my main concern here is that my DD isn't subjected to unneeded monitoring or testing because of this.

Thanks for any info!
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March 24th, 2010, 08:56 PM
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Yes, they will be monitoring your baby for hypoglycemia. It seems silly based on your numbers, but they can't just take your word for it. I have met A LOT of pregnant women with GD who lie about their numbers. Not that you are of course, but for liability reasons they just assume everyone is. My doctors believe my numbers - but they always check my A1C (a monitoring test for us regular diabetics) just in case. Hypoglycemia in the newborn is no joke, and they take it very seriously. They are likely going to be very insistent about it.

Please don't call it torturing though, because myself and a lot of other women here will be having it done to our babies, and I don't want any other moms to get freaked out about it. It's really not obtrusive or upsetting to the babies.

Honestly, if I were in your shoes I would try to take the GTT now to avoid the monitoring. Not that the monitoring is upsetting for babies (I've seen it done) but if the baby doesn't need it, why bother with it?
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