So I just got home from an OB visit, and I'm kind of annoyed! For a bit of background, my ds was 8 lb 12 oz when he was born... at 36 w 2 d. I'm somewhat overweight, he was a big baby. I get it, really I do, OB. I took the glucose tolerance test around 26 weeks last time, and it was totally normal. Despite that, because ds was LGA, they wanted me to take an early glucose test this time, which I did last visit (18 weeks). Everything was normal. I knew from my first visit with them that they were going to want me to take *another* one later on, again, just because ds was big. Ok fine, whatever. Anyway, today was the first visit I've had since I took the test last time, and then I find out that at my very next checkup I have to do it again (which would be the same point in the pg that I took it last time, when it was normal). I guess I knew it was coming, but I'm finding myself quite irritated with the whole situation.
There are 2 OBs at this practice, along with 2 NPs. Each time I see someone new, they bring it up. And each time, I remind them I did have the glucose test last time, and yes it was normal, and for the love of god, the babies in my family are all just huge, and normal and healthy. Today was the first time I'd even met (who I guess was) the 2nd OB, and she basically launched into the room, didn't introduce herself at all, and pretty much the first thing she did was squawk "8 pounds 12 ounces at 36 weeks!! Wow!! Is this him?! [refers to ds sitting in dh's lap] And no diabetes?!" Like I'm a celebrity or something. NO! FOR THE LAST TIME, NO FLIPPIN DIABETES! Doesn't it say that in the chart you apparently just read? I mean she was very friendly and didn't try to make it a huge issue or try to scare me or anything, which I appreciate. I just am exasperated with health professionals' reactions to having a big baby. With my ds, I went with a nurse midwife practice that's attached to one of the local hospitals. For whatever reason (maybe I was measuring big?) they wanted to do an ultrasound around 34 weeks to check size. According to the ultrasound he was LGA, so they actually referred me to their backup ob to discuss my options, including early induction and elective c-section. what?!? really?! I thought this was a midwife practice? If he'd gone all the way to 40 weeks he probably would have been pushing 11 lbs-- not unheard of. They act like no one's ever birthed a big baby before. The entirety of active labor including ~40 minutes of pushing was less than 5 hours with ds. I just feel like saying, "don't worry, I've got this!"
I was complaining to my mom about this after the appt, and she reminded me that they're just trying to make sure everything is normal, and that most people don't have giant babies like we do unless they are having issues with diabetes. I guess maybe that's true, I don't really know. That doesn't mean I'm not annoyed as hell with them! Blah, I just wish I could afford a homebirth, and then maybe I wouldn't have to deal with everyone acting as though I could be going into a diabetic coma at any second, despite having no evidence whatsoever that there are now or have ever been any issues with my blood sugar. Alright, done ranting:)