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Posted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:54 am 
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Had my GTT Weds. Letter dropped through my door this morning saying I have been referred for Specialist Antenatal Care and been referred to the Diabetes midwife.
Has anyone been refered and no had GD? I'm really panicking now.
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Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:54 pm 
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Hey there,,
i thought id try help you out so you dont worry yourself sick! I done some research for you about your question and hope this helps! ive copied and pasted these paragraphs for you Wink You might not even have it cause when i was pregnant it was mandatory for me to go to this aswell but all was fine and didnt have it nor did my bub, i asked the lady in there how often do women get it and is it lifethreating to the baby etc(worrying much)lol and she said its fairly uncommon but if they detect it early( like on your appt) then it can be treated and the risks are slim compared to others that leave it the whole pregnancy untreated..


(What is it)
Gestational diabetes is associated with an increased risk of complications
in pregnancy and birth, as well as a greater likelihood of mother and child
developing type 2 diabetes later in life. The good news is that with good
management of gestational diabetes, these risks are significantly reduced.

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and
usually goes away after the baby is born. Between 5% to 8% of pregnant
women will develop gestational diabetes and this usually occurs around the
24th to 28th week of pregnancy.

(How is it diagnosed)
The oral Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) is used to assess how your body
responds to a glucose load. After fasting for 8-12 hours, a blood sample is
taken. You then have a drink containing 75g of glucose and blood samples
are taken one and two hours later. If the blood glucose is above the normal
level, you have gestational diabetes.

(why it needs to be treated)
If a mother’s blood glucose levels are high, glucose passes through the
placenta to the baby. This may lead to the baby growing larger than the
average baby. Giving birth to larger babies can potentially cause more
problems for both the mother and child during and following birth. However,
the baby’s blood glucose level may be too low (hypoglycaemia)at birth. Untreated gestational diabetes can also lead to a greater likelihood of developing high blood pressure during the pregnancy.


Heres a link to the website im talking about for a bit of piece of mind for you. Let me know of the results if you want and i hope ive eased your mind a little! stressing will only stress out little bub and you both dont need it :)Kick back and relax and stay positive and get your partner to slave around for you!(buy a bell)haha kidding lol xXx0o0

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Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:55 pm 
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Stupid me forgot to paste the website lol my bad....

http://www.diabetesqld.org.au/media/33447/gestational_diabetes_booklet.pdf
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Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:11 pm 
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Oh [*@!#%*] sorry if im flooding your page but i didnt read your question proper (1am here) lol sorry,, so sounds asif you do have it... Confused

just read the website and talk to the midwife and they will take care of you and the baby ok. Nothing lifethreatning is going to happen but you do need extra care for it so i suggest to follow up on it and as i said once you do the problems etc are VERY SLIM and most of these go away after giving birth. It will not leave your baby being born with diabetes and most women go to full term with no hassles and if babies are too large then a induced labour 1-2 weeks early might be the case just so it prepares the cervix and MAYBE a C-section... stay positive Wink
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Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:16 pm 
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Thanks hun. My fasting result (as they do a test strip as well as sending some blood off) was 4.7 mmoI/L, which is why the letter took me by surprise. I have done a couple of tests on my Dad's kit today (his type 2 diabetes was the reason I was sent for the test). I'd had corn flakes and milk 2 and a half hours before the 1st one, which was a reading of 5.4mmoI/L and I'd eaten a roast dinner 30-45 mins before the second which was 5.7.
TBH I'm thinking either there's been an almighty error and they are look at someone elses results (since they were supposed to call, not just refer,as per their own information leaflet regarding the test - & they didn't) OR, it can only be borderline.
If they want me to finger prick or repeat the test, fine. If they want me to change my diet fine, growth scans, fine. Unless any of this monitoring reveals a real problem, I don't want to give up on my water birth or on the midwife led unit (which is just upstairs from the consultant led unit at my hospital anyway).
I'm just going to have to see what they say - I'm not impressed they didn't call though. xx
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Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:15 am 
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I totally agree with you 100% and yes its abit of a stuff around that they didnt call you back. Shame on them!

After like a hour on reading up about it and trying to understand all the numbers etc lol i found something useful (hopefully) for you to help ease you a little.. seems your levels are healthy for you and baby! Heres from a docs site about it:: (hope i researched the right thing for you!)

(HEALTHY/NORMAL BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL)

The following numbers refer to average blood sugar (glucose) levels in venous plasma, as measured in a lab. Portable home glucose meters measure sugar in capillary whole blood. Many, but not all, meters in 2011 are calibrated to compare directly to venous plasma levels.

Fasting blood sugar after a night of sleep and before breakfast: 85 mg/dl (4.7 mmol/l)

One hour after a meal: 110 mg/dl (6.1 mmol/l)

Two hours after a meal: 95 mg/dl (5.3 mmol/l)

Five hours after a meal: 85 mg/dl (4.7 mmol/l)

(The aforementioned meal derives 50–55% of its energy from carbohydrate)

SOO from what you told me it sounds like your at a healthy level and your diet is fine! Its obviously nothing major to worry about and from the times you ate and from when you tested it sounds like your levels are completely healthy Smile Im sorry that i dont have much knowledge about it all and wish i can help you better than what i can and pls correct me if im not getting it all right but IMO i think they knew they either stuffed up the tests and didnt ring you back or its not anything to be major concerned about so they didnt ring or they are just retarded Laughing cause SURELY if something was a concern for you and bub they would of rang you.. When i get blood tests etc they say that they will ring if theres any problems and if theres not then they wont ring so maybe thats another reason they didnt call you, maybe you are all in the clear but yeah id just give them a quick call and see what the go is & tell them your not really impressed about them not ringing you back and you want to know whats ACTUALLY going on etc... must say,, im so jealous about the roast! should send some my way! Wink Laughing I hope ive helped sweetums if not, tell me to bugger off and im clueless Laughing Oh and im trying for my 2nd baby now and ive decided ages ago that with the next bub i want a water birth aswell! you have GOT to let me know how that goes Wink

http://paleodiabetic.com/whats-normal-blood-sugar/
This is the site about it and thats WITHOUT GD so it dont make real sence Confused and tbh i think you will still have your waterbirth waiting. Let me know how you travel along! Take care of yourself, xx
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Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:54 am 
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Thank you so much sweetie. I was thinking my levels seem healthy, my dad and sister both agreed, but I'm so glad it seems that way to you as well. I just wonder why they've referred me. Maybe my body just freaked out that one time at the qty of glucose they gave me(which I would never give it to deal with all in one go - it was disgustingly sweet!
I'm trying to incorporate proper amounts of carbs into my meals just to be safe in case there's an issue, but something funny is going on Confused

Once again, thank you soooo much for all your help. I will certainly let you know gow w/birth goes, as long as I'm allowed one. xxx
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Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:48 pm 
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You are very much welcome hunny buns! Wink Just couldnt read and run off on you Smile When i was pregnant the last thing i needed was to be stressed out then pass the stress to little bub so i know id like someone to help ease my mind too so i love to help in anyway i can even if i gotta put head down bum up to research something i have no idea about and try understand just so i can shed some sort of light. Cool Laughing i remember that stuff tasted horrible too! looks like sprite softdrink but tastes like sprite concentrate but with bad case of sweetness! lol

Im so glad your relieved now & yes i really do think you will be fine and also take the word from your dad too who DOES have type 2 diabetes and if he says its fine trust in his words aswell and by the sounds of the research ive done it sounds like a good flag Wink You got the perfect oulook on what to eat and how much which is a very smart idea! i neally turned myself into a Mcdonalds burger when i was pregnant lol after loosing 20kgs and the baby weight fat in 4 months i was at 47kgs but now back at 57kgs and ready to go thru it all again! my periods due in 6 days so hopefully i wont get it for 9 months this time haha If you still get worried id keep hounding to get checked for piece of mind, or talking to a midwife or even have a chin wag to me! Laughing I wish you all the very best for the rest of the pregnancy darling and keep putting you and bub first! Give little bub a HUGE cuddle from me when he/she is born haha got to LOVE kids! so cute and cuddly Very Happy Take care chikky xXxoOo @)>/---
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Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:31 pm 
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I was surprised that i was not tested for GD as type 1 runs in our family especially concidering that from the growth scans that i have had he is measuring 33+5 and i am only 30+4 days along, he also has the approx weight of 5 pound if he continues like this he is going to be over 10lb when he comes out eeek
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Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:38 pm 
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Holy sheet,, that would be one big bubba lol Laughing Thats very lucky that your not positive for GD then hey! My brother was just over a 10 pounder baby but mum done him all natural (ouch!) Aaarggh reminded me of the cute puppy on tv with the toilet paper ad with all the puppy rolls on his legs and arms lol was cute tho! (im in australia btw) and i was apparently a 5.something pounds Wink

Hopefully you can still get the water birth that you want instead of a possible C-section! bet your goen to have a few stitches below Surrender

i really think you will haveto be induced a little early due to the size of bub since he is ahead of time but hey its not such a bad thing just means in a way you get to hold him/her earlier Thumbs up but i have heard of people with bubs like yours and have had no complications and had a healthy happy baby Wink
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Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:46 pm 
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Kas, they normally do test if you have an immediate relative with it (parent or sibling), or if other risk factors are true. Sounds worrying re. your little baby. I'd ask them about potential for GD if you're concerned. It could be that you're just supposed to have a big baby. (some ppl just do).

snook3mz, thank you once again for your help on this. I decided to call them since I have been kept in the dark. Apparently, the blood they sent away from the fasting test was tested on more sensitive equipment and was at 5.4(max 5.5 so within limits), but the 2 hr post glucose test that should not have been above 7.8 was at 8.3. I guess I do have GD. What the lady also said is that I may be ok within my normal life as I may already be managing it with diet.
Looks like I'll be finger pricking before and after meals from tomorrow. I'd rather be able to keep an eye on it though so I know I'm not poisoning my child with excess sugar.
Will also be having growth scans every 4 weeks starting ASAP.
My water birth may be possible, depending how management goes. xx
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Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:21 am 
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Im so sorry to hear that you may have GD KazM,,
Thats true that they do haveto do tests if a relative or sibling has it as thats prob why i had to test as my mum was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes but later on found out she wasnt, stupid doctors here... I personally dont think it 'sounds worrying to your baby' just means that there MAY be a chance of baby having type 2 diabetes when he/she is older and you just give birth to a bigger baby.

Im glad you got it all sorted with them and found the truth rather than sitting in the dark. It does sound like you have it tho since buub is bigger but fingers crossed that with the diet your on and how well your looking after yourself and bub that the chances are more likely to subside after birth, you just got to go to regular checkups and make sure but hun everything will be ok, ok? pls dont worry yourself sick and again im sorry to hear this and feel for you. Wish i could reach thru the computer screen and hug you lol as you said atleast you can monitor yourself and KNOW that your doing the right thing for bubs sake rather than NOT knowing and potentially harming bub in a way. Just try look on the bright side.

Keep me posted everytime you go for scans(if you want) but keep thinking everything will be okay and keep doing what your doing. Your a wonderful person and i know you will do just great Wink Smile Keep the faith and dont let it bring you down ok think of all the beautiful moments ahead of you with bub having eternity with him/her, i.e birth, first time walking, first words, kindy, first day of school, all the tantrems Laughing , first time they steal car keys! jks jks! all the love and care you deserve Smile

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Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:11 am 
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Pressure is on TBH - needs to be managed properly as increased risk of stillbirth if not managed(worst risk), risk of a hypo after birth for baby, risk of baby getting stuck/damaging shoulders on the way out if baby is bigger. I WILL get this under control - I'll do whatever it takes to keep my baby safe. I didn't go through IVF to start failing my child now.
I'll keep you updated. xxx
Best of luck TTC your second hun. I look forward to seeing your BFP announcement. xxx
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Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:24 am 
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Oh wow i didnt see that while researching! i really hope none of them happen to you or bub.

That bloody sucks its even worrying me for you and bubs! i think you WILL have it under control. never give up and keep doing right and do what you gotta do to keep little one in control. Stick with the strict dieting and keeping the blood level at normal and drink PLENTY of water and get a little fresh air every so often during the day to keep you healthy and strong which will pass onto bub and even yet, do NOT strain or do any heavy lifting etc you know the drill mummy!

Im always here for you when you need anything ok! Look after yourself and keep up the good work and dont buy into negativity thoughts. Keep me posted Kaz and wish you all the luck in the world,, ill be praying for you sweets!

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