2nd Trimester

So, what IF I don't go back for my 2nd round of blood work?

I already did a 1 hr glucose, etc. when I was 8 wks-ish, because I am high risk and over weight.  I hate needles sooooooo much that I had to have my mom with me to make sure I didn't run or fight someone. lol. 

So really, what if I don't go for the 2nd round? Are they going to tell me they won't deliver me? 

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  • It can be very dangerous for you and the baby if you develop GD and don't know about it. The hospital won't penalize you but why take that kind of risk to avoid a couple of needle sticks?
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  • Because I don't want to be delivering in jail from knocking someone unconscious? lol

    Diabetes does NOT run in the family at all. I'm really not worried about that. 

  • image Hyfagal:
    It can be very dangerous for you and the baby if you develop GD and don't know about it. The hospital won't penalize you but why take that kind of risk to avoid a couple of needle sticks?

    Yup.  Honestly, preventative stuff like this can save your baby a lot of strife.  Especially since you're higher risk.  Yeah, not everything doctors do is 100% necessary, but I'd never tell someone to get out of the GD test or some of the blood work.  Think - you'll be giving birth in a few months.  You can handle a few needle sticks.  

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  • I don't think you understand how GD works. You don't have to have a family history to get it. It is purely gestational and goes away after you deliver, but can cause major complications for both mother and baby.
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  • I'm not sure how your OB does things, but when I had my GD test done they also took a couple extra vials to check for other things.  One was another CBC to make sure I wasn't becoming anemic (common around that time of pregnancy) and I can't remember what the other was for.  But all those things are pretty important, as much as it sucks to get blood drawn, it's pretty important for you and your baby.
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  • I really hate needles too but I know I am just going to have to suck it up!  Giving blood and getting shots is just a part of having a baby.  You had to know that coming into this right?  Trust me I have been dreading all the blood work but its just something you gotta do!
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  • Maybe see if they can get what they need from your hand with a butterfly needle or some such - I don't know if it'd be an option - I'm 100% not a nurse or lab tech, but still - I'd get it done somehow.
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  • image Hyfagal:
    I don't think you understand how GD works. You don't have to have a family history to get it. It is purely gestational and goes away after you deliver, but can cause major complications for both mother and baby.

     

    This. It does not matter if it runs in your family or not.

  • Anybody can get GD- that's why they recommend screening for everyone. You are risking your baby's health by not knowing if you have it so you can be treated. Aside from serious complications such as death your baby could be born huge if GD is not treated. Good luck shooting that out of your vag.
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  • Also, seeing as you were told you were high risk I don't see the logic behind trying to avoid a few needle pricks. You will probably be getting a few needles during labor too....

  • Ask for a prescription of Lidocane (sp?) cream.  I will numb you like crazy. have someone go with you to told your hand, squeeze a squeezy ball in the hand with the needle. 

    You will not feel a thing. I swear. Slather that junk on about an hour before. Do both arm joints and top of hands if you need to.

    I have used it in the past. I am TERRIFIED of needles and since I can't feel it  I dont freak quite as much.  Still ball like a baby though

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  • This is a pretty important part of your prenatal care.  Try to think of it in less terms about you and more about the welfare and health of your unborn child.  Like a prepost said GD isn't hereditary it can happen to any female that is pregnant and can mean serious complications if not monitored.  I can't think of too many things that I wouldn't do to protect my LO and I'm sure when you really think about it you'll feel the same way.  If you need to bring your mom with you again then do it.  Go and get your prenatal care; we are beyond lucky to live in countries where we can get the health care we do.

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  • Just because you don't have a family history of it, doesn't mean you can't get GD. It's a freaking needle. How are you going to handle childbirth if *this* freaks you out?

  • I don't think anyone likes needles. Where I am at least everyone regardless of risk gets these types of tests and I doubt anyone likes them. Not to go when you are more at risk than others is irresponsible.
  • you have to suck it up and go.

     

    don't give yourself the option of wimping out because of your own fears. This is important.

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  • It's pretty silly to risk having undetected/untreated GD because you're afraid of needles. I'm afraid of giving birth, but I'm not going to just not do it.

    Your doctor obviously feels your risk is high, since you were tested at 8 weeks and they want you tested again.

    I would say, stop being silly, suck it up, and get the test done.

  • I'm so surprised they tested you for GD so early. Are you sure that it wasn't for your basic blood panel to see if you were diabetic (not gestationally). They usually test for GD between 24 & 28 weeks because that's when it shows up. It doesn't matter if no one in  your family has had it, and there are no symptoms. Get your test please, for your LO & yourself. (I hate needles too...but ya gotta do what ya gotta do).
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  • image jessiesnwbrd:
    I'm so surprised they tested you for GD so early. Are you sure that it wasn't for your basic blood panel to see if you were diabetic (not gestationally). They usually test for GD between 24 & 28 weeks because that's when it shows up. It doesn't matter if no one in  your family has had it, and there are no symptoms. Get your test please, for your LO & yourself. (I hate needles too...but ya gotta do what ya gotta do).

    They test early for overweight patients.

  • You don't have to do anything. BUT why would you risk the health of your baby?

    I hate 24 hr urine tests, but I do them.

    I hate getting blood drawn monthly, but I do it.

    I gag while taking prenatal vitamins, but I take them.

    It's just a needle. Do it for your baby.

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  • I understand your fear I really do but for your baby it is best you do it. GD is bad low iron deprives you and the baby from oxygen in the blood stream. I hate it but I do it every time I go in I get at least one prick because I am chronically anemic. When you deliver there will be at the very least an IV and I can tell you dear you want to work up to that bad boy. If things do not go as planned then at least its an epi. Do yourself a favor get used to it now you will thank yourself later.
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  • Wow, I can't believe you are serious!!  I HATE having blood taken.  I break into a sweat.  I had to have blood drawn weekly for the first trimester.  I just sucked it up for my baby.  I usually get pricked 3 times before they are successful.  Here's a tip they finally told me.  Hydrate the night before and it should plump up the veins.
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    image jessiesnwbrd:
    I'm so surprised they tested you for GD so early. Are you sure that it wasn't for your basic blood panel to see if you were diabetic (not gestationally). They usually test for GD between 24 & 28 weeks because that's when it shows up. It doesn't matter if no one in  your family has had it, and there are no symptoms. Get your test please, for your LO & yourself. (I hate needles too...but ya gotta do what ya gotta do).

    They test early for overweight patients.

     no not always. i'm a fatty and i don't go untill i'm 28 weeks.

    and to the OP quit being a baby, suck it up and get your GD test done. its for the safety of you and your baby.

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  • FYI-The Ob practice that I go to considers the 1 hour test so important that everyone over age 25 has the test done twice. Once areound 8 weeks and again somewhere around 25 weeks.
  • Undiagnosed or poorly controlled Gestational Diabetes can KILL your baby.  

    Let that sink in for a minute.  

     

    By the way, GD doesn't have any noticeable symptoms (most of the time).  I have GD with no family history.  Take the damn test.   

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  • Ever see that little show called "i didn't know I was pregnant"? These women go without ANY prenatal care...

    I think you'll be fine. You're only putting yourself at risk though...

    good luck

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    Ever see that little show called "i didn't know I was pregnant"? These women go without ANY prenatal care...

    I think you'll be fine. You're only putting yourself at risk though...

    good luck

     

    This is stupid.  Seriously.  It is not just herself she would be hurting.  Don't get pregnant if you don't want to make the necessary sacrifices for your baby.  Selfish.    

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  • image bchenier:

    Ever see that little show called "i didn't know I was pregnant"? These women go without ANY prenatal care...

    I think you'll be fine. You're only putting yourself at risk though...

    good luck

     

    This is stupid.  Seriously.  It is not just herself she would be hurting.  Don't get pregnant if you don't want to make the necessary sacrifices for your baby.  Selfish.    

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  • image bchenier:

    Ever see that little show called "i didn't know I was pregnant"? These women go without ANY prenatal care...

    I think you'll be fine. You're only putting yourself at risk though...

    good luck

    Excellent point. I guess that means I can stop seeing the Dr. and take up drinking again.

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    Ever see that little show called "i didn't know I was pregnant"? These women go without ANY prenatal care...

    I think you'll be fine. You're only putting yourself at risk though...

    good luck

    Do you know anything about GD?  She is not just putting herself at risk

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  • if u dont like needles, do u plan on getting an epidural? cause i have heard thats a big needle
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