I'm actually asking this for my sister who is currently about 28 weeks pregnant. She just got the results of her 1 hour glucose screening, and her result was in the 180s. Her midwife told her that's nearly high enough for them to diagnose GD without doing the 3 hour screening. She's scheduled for the 3 hour test on Tuesday and called me in tears because she's terrified. She barely kept the glucose drink down before the 1 hour blood draw and had diarrhea for the rest of the day. :( I told her to cancel that appointment and to just buy a glucometer and start using it when she wakes up and 1 hour after each meal and to adjust her diet accordingly if necessary. She's going to talk to her best friend who is an ARNP working on women's health for more specifics on that. I just think it's completely ridiculous to attempt the 3 hour test. (I think the 1 hour test is pretty ridiculous too but that's for another post.)
She's worried that this will be another thing they'll use to argue against her having a water birth. She is delivering in the same hospital where she had her son--one of the few hospitals that actually allows water births (not just laboring in the water). She delivered her first son with no complications and he was 9 lbs 1 oz. Now they're saying they want to monitor this baby's growth BECAUSE her first child was over 9 lbs, and if baby is estimated to be over 9 lbs, she can't deliver in the water. So.... her previous successful, uncomplicated, PERFECT water delivery of her first baby is the reason they may not allow her to deliver in the water this time. That makes NO sense, right??? I'm so upset for her.
She called her husband after she got off the phone with her midwife's office and he said, "Maybe we better start looking into home birth." I know the thought makes her nervous because of the "what ifs" but I told her that I thought it was worth looking into for sure. She's going to talk to her doula (who is the same doula she had with her first baby) to get her thoughts and opinion as well.
Any advice/suggestions as far as the "gestational diabetes" issue goes?? I told her I would post here on her behalf and let her know what I hear (she's a busy busy lady!). Thanks in advance!