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had our week 36 prenatal this morning. i was spilling sugar (+2) in my urine. cnm said she wasn't worried, since my 1 hr glucose came back fine (at week 20)...but they took some more blood just to check. i had had breakfast, including orange juice, before my appt today. anyway, my blood sugar was higher than the cnm liked.<br><br>
SOOO...she gave me a choice of doing a 1 hr screening again next week, and if it came back high, scheduling a 3 hr next week sometime...or just going in for a 3 hr tomorrow morning. i opted for the 3 hr tomorrow...not an easy choice since i had to do the 3 hr with dd and it sucked (but came back normal), but i'd rather just know if there is a problem versus waiting and stressing about it all week. the same cnm is on call tmr, so she would be able to see the results and let me know how things look right away. i would also ask for the numbers myself so i can give them to my dad (who is a semi-retired physician and who thought my numbers last time were great...always nice to have a second opinion).<br><br>
anyway, now i'm grouchy. i appreciate that my midwife wasn't panicing and gave me choices...but still, this all makes me want to have a home birth next time. here i was all stressed this morning over my bp since i had one high reading 2 weeks ago...nearly nauseated over it...and that was fine. but now i have something new to worry about! my cnm was so cool...and was really saying things i felt were important and were in line with my goals (like if i do have a glucose issue, it would be better to deal with it now...versus the risk of high blood sugar producing an extra big baby and having that lead to other issues...etc.), but still. my prenatals were not stressful at all until i had that one high bp reading, and now i feel like its open season on my health.<br><br>
so, any thoughts? anyone who has had gestational diabetes who can offer some advice as to how to change my diet (even if i do pass the 3 hr)?
 

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I have no experience with gd...just wanted to offer a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
stressful appts don't do anyne any good and I hope your test comes back terrific...again!
 

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thanks. and yea, i agree. i just told dh that if i pass the glucose test, we're skipping our next prenatal...giving me two weeks off to relax, enjoy some of last weeks of pregnancy, and hopefully get labor going. if no labor, we'd go in for another prenatal in a couple weeks...then maybe take another two weeks off. stress will certainly get in the way of labor starting gracefully on its own. everything has been fine throughout this pregnancy and i'd like things to stay that way (including my stress level).
 

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If it makes you feel any better, I have had to take the three hour test with both of my prior pregnancies. With both of them I flunked the one hour test miserably<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: . One time I took it late in the afternoon and had eaten normally that day, the second pregancy I took it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach -- flunked both times. Each time when I took the 3 hour I passed with flying colors. I just don't get it.<br><br>
My ob always gives the GD test at 28-30 weeks. She told me, and I have read this, that GD typically doesn't show up until around the last trimester, and that giving the test too early can miss it. I'm seriously doubting that you have it, so try to relax and not worry about it -- it will only raise your blood pressure.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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thank you thank you beth! with dd, i didn't even get to take the 1 hr because i had so much sugar in my urine (um, maybe because i ate a doughnut, a bagel, and a smoothie 1 hour before i came in for my appt????)...so i had to take the 3 hr and passed with flying colors. i'm hoping that the oj i drank this morning is what did it and that i pass the 3 hr again this time too.<br><br>
i think one of the reasons i was so upset by all this is that, until a few weeks ago, my appts were all normal, laid back, all good tests, 'see ya in 2, wait no, come back in 4 weeks! you look great!' then wham, one bad bp reading and they switched me to the weekly visits. i know this cnm is concerned about my stress level, but in general, i don't think the medical establishment cares much. my dad, who is an md, wasn't worried about my glucose when i talked to him today, and he REALLY wasn't worried about how stressed i was. western medicine treats the body and mind SOOOO seperately! when it comes to pregnancy, its not a good thing at all.<br><br>
so now i worry that i will stress about all these small things, the worry and stress will delay labor from starting, and then all of a sudden i'll be past my due date and induction will be suggested after all i've done to avoid it. grrr. at least i'm able to articulate my feelings and know that i have rights. i'm trying to let myself get mad, sad, cry, yell to get the stress out of my body instead of bottling it up (which i did when i was pg with dd - and i was closed closed closed!). i know i'm okay, but i feel like i need to jump through this ring of fire (the 3 hr) and then, hopefully, i can enjoy the rest of the pregnancy in peace.
 
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