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is the glucose/protein stick combo all I'll need or do I really want/need more? It seems like everything else would get confusing, do I really need to know the pH of my urine?<br><br>
Input please! I've got paypal to burn. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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No, no known kidney issues or any real risk for GD, I just want to cover my butt. I have other small health issues that (according to the CNM I saw for the last time today) do not increase my risk factor (hpv & whitish/abnormal cervical tissue, congenital heart defect)... lol, totally irrelevant to the urine testing, but I want to be as safe as possible considering the other small factors.
 

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I think it would better to save your $$$ and see if there anything you need to monitor based on your heart defect...unless it's something like MVP (mitrovalve prolapse).
 

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It's minor aortic stenosis, I was diagnosed when I was four and it only requires monitoring (they've always said possible valve replacement but there's no reason to think it at this point. The heart's all good (saw my cardiologist today). $14 isn't a big expense for peace of mind.
 

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Peace of mind from what though?<br><br>
I think pamamidwife posted a book once about these peesticks. It was written by an MD who said they were worthless. Many midwives agree. But many still use them.<br><br>
Unless you have other health issues related to pee sticks, I don't see the value personally.
 

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I think you are only wanting to monitor protein for purposes of spotting pre-ecclampsia and diabetes.<br><br>
There's a sticky at the top of this forum that gives resources for them, and even tells you what you're looking for and what to do if you get a low/high reading.
 

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I use the 10 way dip sticks, because I want to check for UTIs, so I can head them off before they become symptomatic. But I believe you can get a UTI test at the drug store. I had an experience last year where I thought I was in preterm labor. I has having bad backpain and cramping. I was getting close to going to the ER. Then I remembered that UTIs can cause symptoms similiar to preterm labor. I tested my urine and sure enough I had one. It was the difference between me drinking some cranberry and getting in bed to wait til morning to go to the local clinic ($25 and no questions) and rushing to the ER thinking I was in preterm labor ($$$ and lot's of questions). So for me, it is something worth having on hand.
 

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I'd use the 10-way mainly for checking UTI and protein (it has other aspects relating to pre-e which I had before so want to avoid/head off early again). IF I was checking just for sugar/protein (simple) I would do the simple sticks.
 

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Since PTL has been a primary concern of mine and knowing that UTIs can be asymptomatic and can cause PTL, I sincerely wish I had the 10 way sticks. I got the glucose/protein/blood/leukocytes one, but that tells me nothing in the way of UTIs.<br><br>
I don't know whether it's even worth getting the 10 ways at this point -- I'm nearly 28 weeks and my fears of PTL have been mostly quelled.<br><br>
But if I had to do it all over again, I'd go with the 10 ways because it gives more info. No, they're not perfect, but they're perfect enough for me.
 
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