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Old 05-14-2008, 01:11 PM   #1
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GD = c/s?

Does being diagnosed w/ gestational diabetes mean a Cesarean is inevitable? Are there any steps a mama can take to improve her chances of a vaginal birth? Or is it really more dependent on the OB? (I'm asking because I just had a convo w/ a friend who was told that she will most likely have to have a c/s because of her GD. )


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Old 05-14-2008, 01:18 PM   #2
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Re: GD = c/s?

That is totallu untrue that GD=c/s.

Is your diabetes controled with your diet or are you on insulin? If you're a diet controled GD than your baby might be SLIGHTLY larger, maybe not at all if you have it very controled. WOmen can push out large babies and do it all the time, your risk might be slightly elevated if you go to a s-section happy OB or if your baby is estimated super huge, however I;d have to at least TRY pushing despite what I was told about how big my baby was.
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Old 05-14-2008, 01:23 PM   #3
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Re: GD = c/s?

No way.... GD does not mean C/S at all... Like PP said, if she keeps it under control she may not even have a large baby at all.. I had it with DS, and kept it under control with diet... and exercise... DS was 7lb 6oz vaginally birthed, no problems... His glucose was fine upon testing...
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Old 05-14-2008, 02:14 PM   #4
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According to the dietitian I saw yesterday, as long as you can keep it under control with diet and exercise, everything should be OK for a vaginal birth. Of course this means keeping up with the glucose levels with a meter--she has me giving her weekly results, and if anything goes high all of a sudden, she wants me to call right away.
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Old 05-14-2008, 02:22 PM   #5
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I had GD while pregnant. I did have a c/s but it had NOTHING to do with my GD. My GD was controlled by diet, my son was very average sized (7lbs 6oz). The only reason I had a c/s was because his heart rate kept dropping dangerously low during labor. Both of our levels were perfectly fine once I delivered him.
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