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So I'll be going for my GD testing in a couple weeks time, but I was doing research today online about it. I wanted to see why some people are more susceptible to getting GD than others. Of all the websites I found on GD, they all had pretty much the same factors as to why you could be more at risk:
-if you're overweight/obese before you got pregnant
-if you have a history of diabetes in your family
-if you've had a previous baby that resulted in stillbirth
This may be a dumb question, but how does your history of having a stillborn baby correlate with being more susceptible to having gestational diabetes in your next pregnancy?
Ye, I'm sort of confused about that one too. The autopsy report and the placenta analysis basically stated that the reason for Eric's death is unknown, but then for whatever reason they state that the stillbirth could have been due to GD. I was very surprised about that, because I'm normal weight, my glucose test was negative. A few times my urine tests did show some sugar in it. But the doctor was never worried about that. When I asked him why the reports mention GD, he said they just needed to have some reason in it. He said that I've never had GD. So I'm really confused about it.
I was just barely overweight with my first DS and I DID NOT have GD, but I did have to do the 3hr test because I failed the 1hr one. He was delivered fine, two weeks early and a little small, but healthy.
I was overweight with DS #2, never got tested for GD and had my stillbirth at 28 weeks.
This time, I'm still overweight and have suffered a stillbirth, but I do not have GD, passed the 1hr test with flying colors. So really for me there was no correlation.
I really think passing or failing the 1 hr test has more to do with the Dr's instructions than it does with anything else. I was given a completely different set of instructions this time, had my blood drawn rather than a finger prick and passed. When I failed the 1 hr, I was tested in the afternoon, never given any advice on what to eat or avoid, and was pricked in the finger to test.
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I'm not sure, i've never had GD and I hadn't gotten the test yet when I was pregnant with Ella...I do think my doctor tested the sugar in my blood and I think he said it came back normal....That's something I will worry about because I'm overweight, and my family has a history of diabeties, but maybe since i've never had GD i'm not at risk...I'm not sure.
There's no clear link between gestational diabetes and stillbirth, it's just that in some rare cases maternal diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2, NOT GD) can cause stillbirth (that's what happened to me), so they recommend that all women with prior stillbirth get checked just to be safe. There really is not much of a connection, but they want to be on the safe side. They actually recommend that all women with previous stillbirth get checked for all the major high risk conditions (high blood pressure, GD, etc.) just to be on the safe side. It is really just a precaution, better safe than sorry you know?