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    Default Low risk but diagnosed with GD. Feeling confused and worried.

    I got my results back from my GTT and they were high, 9.3 when they should be under 7.8.
    I am quite shocked as I have none of the risk factors associated with GD.

    · Are over 30 years of age
    · Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
    · Are overweight or obese
    · Are from an Indigenous Australian or Torres Strait Islander background
    · Are from a Vietnamese, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Polynesian or Melanesian background
    · Have previously had gestational diabetes
    · Have previously had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
    · You have previously given birth to a large baby
    · Have a family history of gestational diabetes

    Nothing on the list applies to me so I really am surprised that I have it. I have an appointment with the diabetes nurse on Tuesday so I will find out more then but from what I was told I will getthe blood glucose meter and will monitor my levels whilst on a diet, if the diet fails to help I will then be placed on insulin and no longer be able to birth at the local hospital. I am not sure if this also means an automatic c-sect or induction at the hospital I am sent to instead. I won't be able to go naturally if I am sent to another hospital as I doubt I'll have time to get there judging by my previous pregnancies.
    I am also concerned that I will not be allowed to go past 40 weeks and will have to be induced earlier even if the GD can be controlled by diet. I had two really easy births; my first at 40+2 which took 1hr 50min (bub was 6lbs 8oz) and my second at 40+5 which took 1hr 20mins (bub was 7lbs 1oz)
    So my labours are quick and relatively easy (apart from a haemorrhage of 700mL) so I don't really want to mess with that. Will they let me go to 41 weeks?
    Any ladies with GD experience want to share their stories with me please? I am feeling like **** since getting the phone call this afternoon.

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    I've not got GD but I do know a fair amount about it. A friend has had it for all 3 pregnancies and she doesn't have any of the risk factors either. Just luck of the draw, it would seem.
    She went full term with her first two and had natural births (she is still pregnant with the third).
    From what she learned they only tend it induce you (around 39w) if bub is big.
    My friend did have to check her levels with the glucose monitor but she was able to manage hers via diet very well.
    Both DSs were average size without any issues.
    I'm sure it's all a bit shock to the system now but once you see the diabetic nurse and it's all explained to you I'm sure you will feel much better.

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    GDM diet controlled we (Queensland public system) induce at 40+10 which is the recommended time for induction for post-dates anyway.

    GDM on insulin - induction at 38 weeks.

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    My story sounds exactly like yours. Except my first baby being 4.41kg was the only risk factor with my second. I was never tested with either pregnancy though.

    Im currently 32wks and i have uncontrolled Insulin Dependent GD (we are still upping the dosage to try and get it under control). Ive been kicked out of my local hospital and will be sent to the big hospital 2hrs away. Ive been told they are going to induce me at 38wks. Which i want to refuse as my last birth was perfect and i feel induction will follow the same path of my first birth and ill end up with 4th degree tears again, or a csec.

    My only advice is to try your hardest with the diet. Hugs xx

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    I had risk factors but was still just as shocked as I didn't have it with DD. I was aiming for a VBAC so a little different. When first diagnosed it all seemed very doom and gloom. I was*might* need to change hospitals, I *might* not be allowed to go past 38 weeks, I *might* have a big baby etc etc. However as things progressed and it was clear that I was keeping it well under control with diet alone all that talk subsided and apart from an extra scan I was treated pretty much normally. They wanted me to go into labour before 40 weeks or were planning a repeat CS but I'm confident I could have pushed it to 41wks with a few extra scans (labour started at 39+3).

    If you struggle with your levels at first insist they give you a week or 2 to play around with what you eat/portions to find what works before they put you onto insulin. Everyone's body is a bot different and what works for one might not for another. Also, remember its not anything you have done wrong, its just one of those things!

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    I have insulin controlled gd in my last and in this pregnancy. I was induced last time at 38 weeks I think thats proceedure and im having an elective c section this time. It really is the luck of the draw. I also have no risk factors other than this time 3rd pregnancy I had it with my 2nd pregnancy so its more common to get it again if you've already had it.

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    Also wondering about weight gain. I've already put on 9kg at 28 weeks so I'm wondering if I should try and avoid putting on anything else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mummasaurus Rex View Post
    Also wondering about weight gain. I've already put on 9kg at 28 weeks so I'm wondering if I should try and avoid putting on anything else?
    Ive had gd twice. Both times I only gained 11kg. Im 56kg normally. Mine is totally hormonal though. Coukd never be controlled with diet as my diet is optimal as in low gi anyway and we already eat everything on the diet suggested, so in my case they never bothered changing anything just straight to insulin.

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    Ive put on 14kg at 32wks. They want me to keep it to 16kg gain (ha!). I've put all this weight in since 20wks (had 5kg loss due to hyperemesis, only got back to prepreg weight at 20wks)

    I'm eating so healthy so I couldn't explain the weight gain.

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    I don't think it makes a difference. I.put on close to 30kg with my non-gd pregnancy but only 13kg when I had GD. Before testing I'd been taking care of what I ate as I didn't want to gain as much again.

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