Friday, September 26, 2008

Sigh of Relief

I just got a call from my nurse regarding the blood work they did earlier this week, including the test for gestational diabetes...which I DO NOT have.

If you aren't don't know about gestational diabetes, the American Diabetes Association has a
pretty good, concise description on their website. Some reasons I really wanted the test to be negative:

  • Because of the extra insulin made by the baby's pancreas, newborns may have very low blood levels at birth and are also at higher risk for breathing problems.
  • Babies with excess insulin become children who are at risk for obesity and adults who are at risk for type 2 diabetes.
  • Treatment for gestational diabetes always includes special meal plans and scheduled physical activity. It may also include daily blood glucose testing and insulin injections.
  • For the mother-to-be, treatment for gestational diabetes helps lower the risk of a cesarean section birth that very large babies may require.
  • Once you've had gestational diabetes, your chances are 2 in 3 that it will return in future pregnancies.
  • Many women who have gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes years later.

So, all in all, it's a VERY good thing that this test came back negative.

My blood work didn't come back completely normal though. It showed that I am mildly anemic. There's a relatively easy 'cure' for that, though, which is taking an iron supplement. THAT I can do! If left unchecked, anemia during the first two trimesters can increase risk for having a preterm delivery or a low-birthweight baby. But, given both of our family histories of big long babies, I have a hard time seeing that developing into a problem.


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