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    I had the GDGT at like... cant even remember how many weeks... 17 weeks? or something. All came back negative. So was put as low risk. This happens every one of my pregnancies as I am overweight and my first baby was a big baby, which apparently puts me in the 'high risk' category. They've said they want me to repeat the test at 26 weeks or so. If I refuse to what will happen? I just think it is such a waste of my time and hospital resources. At the moment I am booked into Hospital Midwife Group but am considering transferring to IM for a homebirth anyway, so it might not matter so much then but any advice? Have you refused an additional test? Thanks

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    I had undiagnosed Gd with my first, her birth was very hard (she got stuck, she ended up with Erbs palsy in her right arm, broken left arm and was lucky to be alive). I was diagnosed properly with my second Bub, and we avoided any further birth injuries by having a c section. I was told that gd can make a Bub bigger through the shoulders, as well as lead to other health concerns for both mum and Bub.
    It's not worth missing. It's an easy test (although boring and the drink can be a bit gross), and it's important to get the right medical treatment if needed. I only got the test once with my first and it was an oversight (I should have been done twice, but I slipped through the cracks).

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    Given that GD often doesn't appear until 24+ weeks I'd be going for the additional test. Particularly as you're thinking of opting for a home birth - if it were me I'd want to be really sure I didn't have it later in pregnancy as too many things can go wrong if you're birthing at home and your or bub's blood sugars plummet after birth.

    I had GD and diagnosed early in pregnancy and kept it well managed throughout with good diet and insulin injections. No doubt the test takes up a bit of time and isn't that pleasant but I don't think you can be too careful about these things.

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    ^^this

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    I would have the test. If you did have GD and weren't aware then you would feel really bad if something went badly for the baby that could have been prevented. I hated the test, and hate that I barely failed it and now have a lot more testing and dietary modifications than I ever wanted to have ..... but I would really only have myself to be angry at if I had refused testing and then had a macro baby with crashing BSL's after birth who had to be kept in special care nursery. And that would be the best case scenario.

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    I would have a look at the BRAN or BRAIN method of deciding. (Benefits, risks, alternatives, what if you do nothing).

    I didn't do the GD test at all. Ds was 3.995kg at 41+1, I had a drug-free homebirth.

    Gentle birth gentle mothering by Sarah Buckley has a great chapter on it (and other things like gbs and induction etc)that may help you decide.


 

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