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#31 of 36 Old 08-07-2005, 01:22 PM
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Many women here on this UC list and others have had "huge" babies with no complications, and in fact, many of them swear that their larger babies were EASIER to birth than their smaller ones. It's possible that many of the complications in that hospital birth could actually have been avoided by avoiding the HOSPITAL with it's EFM, supine position, and lack of food and movement. It's *possible* that many of the complications in that hospital birth were *caused* by the hospital itself.

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Hee hee, I love getting on here and seeing others have already made all the pertinent points, so I don't have to do any work. :LOL I love MDC!

FWIW, I was quite healthy this last pregnancy and I was thirsty a lot.

Oh, and somebody mentioned a 35-weeker being 'big' at 6 lbs... well, most 8.5 lb term babies are probably around 6 lbs. at 35 weeks. That's not that big... and seeing as how many women are able to birth much larger babies when under conditions that facilitate normal physiological birth (i.e., not your typical hospital birth,) that's just not something I personally would be concerned about.
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I am going to have to be the voice of dissent and say that unless you have a specific reason to be concerned (and I don't think being thirsty is), if I were you I would not get a glucose monitor. It will just cause you to become obsessed with your blood sugar count.

The GD thing is mainly hooey. Eat healthy, not too many refined carbs, and even if you have GD you and baby will be fine. That's what the docs tell you to do anyway, unless it is really severe.
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Thank you to everyone, even the ones who have a bit of a case of the anecdotal evidence!

I really do feel good, and am just thirsty, although not even as bad as last week, I am glad to have this discussion sparked.

My 11 pound baby was just right for me, and I am a tall person, so that wasnt the problem. I just wondered if thirst in itself was something really "bad".

As for now, I wont be monitoring blood sugar, but it would be my style to DIY before i went to any Dr.

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Originally Posted by Mama to 4
Ok, so here is my possible, I hope not, issue: I am incredibly, horrifically thirsty. Like I will pour a huge huge Glass of water and literally throw it down the hatch. My mouth is dry.

So what should I "do"? I dont want to do anything! I am not necessarily afraid of a big baby, if that is the whole deal because our last one was 11 pounds. (But on a google search of GD symptoms one was previous large baby) But I am six foot one, 200 pounds and so is DH.

Please help, mamas. thanks
I'd start eating as though I had diabetes and see if that helps. If it doesn't help, go to a doctor at that point. The diet for controling diabetes is a very healthy diet.

From what I can remember of what I've read (how's that for a recommendation) a large baby is the main concern of people who want to micromanage. Of course, some of those people think that "large" is 8 pounds, lol.
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