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Old 12-16-2012, 03:51 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by mama1980 View Post

There are significant health implications made possible when GD goes untreated, for both mom and baby. Shoulder dystocia, brachial plexus injury/brain damage/stillbirth, co-morbid with congenital hypothyroidism, ketoacidosis, severe jaundice and low blood sugar at birth can lead to brain damage and mental retardation, risk of future diagnosed diabetes. Mom: risk of full-blown diabetes, eclampsia/pre-eclampsia, c-section.

The actual percentile risk/annum for any mother is approximately 7% --half do not exhibit elevated risk factors.

Since when has fasting for 12 hours ever been dangerous?

I'd say the risk in NOT being tested (or requesting an alternative meal-based evaluation [although not standardized like the glucose test]) is just not worth it.
I had shoulder dystocia with my son, he also had low blood sugar at birth. I didn't have GD...
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