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July 22nd, 2008


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aunt_becca
08:06 pm - worrying and some questions
So I'm due in August and have questions regarding a conversation I had today with my endo. Sorry if these are basic questions, but I'm new to this whole diabetic and pregnant way of life.
I had a non-stress test last week. Baby is healthy, strong, and active. He is measuring pretty big at this time- just over 6 lbs at 33 weeks, and he is in the 90% for size. I saw the OB afterwards, and I also talked to the technician who was doing the test. She sensed that I was nervous when she mentioned baby's size, and assured me that baby is healthy, and that diabetic women have big babies. I saw the OB after, who also told me the same thng. She also explained that there can be a margin of error, and that things looked "really good" for her point of view. Okay, fine. Today, I saw my endo, who wants my morning readings below 90, because of baby's size, and she also took the opportunity to point out that "we don't want baby getting too big, that's really not good for him or for you at this point." Um, okay. I didn't think anything of it at the time, but now that I am home, I am so stressing out about that comment. My OB felt that things were okay, and she had previously explained to me that big babies sometimes meant shoulder dislocation or injury for baby. But what other risks are there? Will my baby have some type of birth defect as a result of being big (Gd forbid!!). Am I freaking out now about nothing? I'm already so emotional right now at the idea of becoming a mom, am nervous and excited. But am I missing something here? Will a big baby mean that he's unhealthy? Because up until today, I didn't think so. But now I'm a wreck.
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From:faetal
Date:July 23rd, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
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I was an undiagnosed Gestational diabetic for my first child. When she was born (via c section because she was persistent breech, which I BELIEVE was partially due to her being larger than normal) she was 10 pounds 12 oz. She was in low blood sugar and was kept in the NICU for 5 days on IV's to stabilize her sugars. She had hip dysplasia due to the breech presentation and being so tightly smooshed in utero.

These are mild things in the long run. I dont mean to make you paranoid by any means, but I think things like this are somewhat consistent with diabetic babies?
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From:aunt_becca
Date:July 23rd, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
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I knew about the potetial for baby to have low blood sugar upon birth, and that they will check baby's blood sugar and make sure he doesn't need sugar water or formula to regulate his sugar levels. Baby is no longer breeched, he flipped last week. You're not makning me paranoid, it's good for me to know these things. I appreciate it! I was under the inpression from her tone today that there were other things I wasn't aware of. I see my OB this Friday agin, so I'll ask her more in depth questions.

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