Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:37 pm
Post subject: Gestational Diabetes and Induction at 38 weeks
Anyone have any advice? I am 33 weeks today. I was diagnosed with GDM at 26 weeks. I have been controlling it well with diet and Metformin- aural tablets. I had a diabetic clinic appointment yesterday and before I could see them I was seen by an obstrition. He berrated me for not haveing further scans booked apart form the one I was told to book at 28 and then 35 weeks. My 28 week one had shown baby is in the most normal percentile and everything was fine. Yesterday he whisked me off for another scan, I couldn't even call my husband, and then, halfway through he said that 'obviously as I have GDM I would be induced at 38 weeks.' No one told me anything about this before. I felt like he has stolen 2 weeks from me at least. I believe very strongly in a natural birth. THen I asked about delivering the placenta naturaly and he replied that I could do that if I wanted to bleed to death. I said OK, but could we delay cutting the cord untill it had stopped pulsing so the baby could get the blood. He said that 100's of babies are born everyday and not to think about it.
I have done some research and there seems to be no proven medical benifit to induction and only the smallest risk if baby is normal size. I know the guy was an idiot anyway but now I am really worried about not even haveing the option of the delivery I want. THe diabetic guys are happy with my progress and the baby is normal. I will give birth in a hospital in case things go wrong, but why start them off with an induction. DO I have to be induced?
ANy help or advice gratefully recieved
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:01 pm
i was under the impression that things like induction were only recomendations,and that the end choice was down to the mother,i cant really see that the gd would be reason enough to induce you if the baby isnt showing any signs of difficulty,do you have a placenta problem of anything else that could make it dangerous for a natural delivery?
if not i would think you can refuse to be induced.you should speak to your mw.xx
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:02 pm
Don't you just love Doctors for scaring you half to death!!! If you are under the care of the GD specialist, scans will be organised for you, this is nothing unusual they will want to check the size of the baby so it doesn't grow abnoramally big.
I had GD diabetes which was diagnosed at about 26 weeks and I was controlled with diet. I had other complications as well however I was booked in for induction at 38 weeks but I delievered perfectly naturally 2 days before the induction with gas and air so don't worry at this stage. My husband cut the cord and I only had 1 midwife present. I had to give birth on the labour ward but for all of the complications that could have happened it was the most natural of births.
Don't worry, you can object to indcution, you don't have to have it if there is no medical reason for it.
I hope this helps.
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:04 pm
Post subject: Stupid doctors
THank you for your advice. I have calmed down a bit now, I have no other complications that could affect the outcome of the pregnancy. The baby is normal size and my blood sugars are good. My MW is usleless and I don't get to see her very often because of the care at the hospital where I see someone different evry week and no one knows what is going on! Nobody there seems very supportive of anything natural at all. They just want to pump me full of drugs. Last time they did that I had a very bad reaction to something and was in bed for 3 months on aural steriods while they tried to make the swelling in my skin go down. I am therefore a bit wary of drugs! It was aa a result of the steriods that I put on 5 stone and I have not been able to loose it. That is why I have this gestational diabetes in the first place. Why do doctors always want to fox things with more drugs, even when that is hat caused the problem. Pregnancy is not an aillness!!!
Sorry for the rant and thanks for the replies!