Does Gestational Diabetes Mean Big Baby

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Worried About Having A Big Baby? Four Things To Know About Birth Weight

As my patients approach their final weeks of pregnancy, they typically start asking questions about how much the baby will weigh and what that means for delivery. Doctors think about this too. We try to accurately determine the weight of the unborn baby so we can make the best possible birth plan. But predicting birth weight is actually very difficult to do. In a recent study, one-third of women reported their OB provider told them their baby might be getting “quite large” near the end of pregnancy. In the end, however, only one in five of those women had a baby that weighed more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces or 4000 grams, a common threshold for labeling a baby “large.” It would be nice to know the exact birth weight of a baby before it’s born – it makes predicting some rare, but serious complications like birth trauma easier. But that’s just not possible, and our estimates of your baby’s size can potentially cause unnecessary stress on mom and lead doctors to intervene when nothing is really necessary. Here are some things to think about as you approach the end of pregnancy and are wondering what your baby might weigh and how this could impact your labor and delivery e Continue reading >>

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  1. Claire F(37)

    big baby- gestational diabetes??

    Hello everyone,
    I have an underactive thyroid and went for a rountine scan today. I'm 32 weeks and was told that the baby is measuring at least 6lbs already. The consultant is a bit concerned that if the baby keeps growing at this rate it may be too big to push out and I'll end up needing a section.
    I have to go for a glucose test tomorrow in case I have gestational diabetes. Has this happened to anyone else?? I'm a bit concerned and feeling guilty that i've eaten too many bickies!!
    I know i need to be patient until i get tested tomorrow but was just looking for some advice in the mean-time.

  2. Claire W(866)

    Hi Claire,
    Im another Claire! My son is coming up to 11 weeks old, he is my first and I had gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
    It was a very worrying time and there were lots of tears and worries at first but the antenatal support I received was amazing! Honestly it is not as bad as it sounds..
    I was pettrified of a huge baby but I was monitored on a weekly basis with size checks etc... I was told that they would not let the pregnancy get to the stage where the baby was too big and would induce early. They really stressed the fact that they want a natural labor where possible and it was very rare to opt for a c section. I was injecting insulin several times a day by the end and my doses were constantly increasing so it was generally considered the baby would be huge!
    I was induced 2 weeks early which is standard with gestational diabetes, they generally dont let you go the full 40 weeks but that was the only difference.
    I am pleased to say that I gave birth to a healthy, happy baby boy weighing 6lbs 7 and it was all natural!
    Baby is still fine and there were no after effects. I know it seems very scary but honestly its the norm with gb to have a natural birth and healthy baby.
    Please feel free to pm me if you want any info or advice etc I may have just rambled on a bit...

  3. Kelly H(240)

    Hi, I was also tested for diabeties as they say that Im having a large baby but the test came back all fine. I have had big babies befor my first was 9lb 2oz and second was 10lb, I'm due tomorrow but don't feel huge this time yet they are still fretting at the hospital that it's a big baby i've had sizing scans but they are so inaccurate that you can't worry over them! My advise would be just go to your consultant prepared with questions, there is nothing more annoying then sitting in the car on the way home thinking I wish I had asked this that and the other! and apart from anything else just enjoy this special time be open minded and don't worry, IF you do have a difficult labour you will be in the right place to be helped and you will have a wonderful bundle of joy in your arms and everthing else will seem insignificant!
    Good luck
    Kelly x

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