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July 22nd, 2008

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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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Date:July 23rd, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I HATE how doctors worry women about the size of their babies. If you're measuring on schedule (YOU, not the baby!), then put it out of your mind and continue having good control. There is a large margin of error when it comes to measuring an unborn baby's weight. Diabetic women with poor control have big babies due to poor control for the most part, *if*, and only *if*, their babies size isn't due to simply being a large baby. Some women have large babies. Its a fact. Your baby could be big because you make big babies and no other reason. Of course you don't want to add to your baby's weight by having high blood sugar, but other than that, your baby's size is as individual as the next person's.

So, to sum up, unless you go on a sugar binge in the next few weeks, even if your baby is 6lbs now, you will be fine. Enjoy the last few weeks of your pregnancy!

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