Almost all women have some degree of impaired glucose intolerance as a result of hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. That means that their blood sugar may be higher than normal, but not high enough to have diabetes. During the later part of pregnancy (the third trimester), these hormonal changes place pregnant woman at risk for gestational diabetes.
The following factors increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes during pregnancy:
Being overweight prior to becoming pregnant (if you are 20% or more over your ideal body weight)
Being a member of a high risk ethnic group (Hispanic, Black, Native American, or Asian)
Having sugar in your urine
Impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose (blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to be diabetes)
Family history of diabetes (if your parents or siblings have diabetes
Previously giving birth to a baby over 9 pounds
Previously giving birth to a stillborn baby
Having gestational diabetes with a previous pregnancy
Having too much amniotic fluid (a condition called polyhydramnios)
Also, some women who develop gestational diabetes have no known risk factors.
Some women handle the glucose drink just fine. Just because your sister couldn't handle doesn't necessarily mean you will gag on it - to me, it tasted like semi-flat orange soda.
Of course, your doctor cannot MAKE you do any test that you are not comfortable with, there is no law that says you have to have it. There is no law that says you have to have the 3rd trimester vaginal checks either (I declined those, doc wasnt happy, but it's my vagina and I'd rather not have someone's hand crammed up there once a week for 4 weeks).
Of course, if you decline the test and it turns out you DO have GD, there are repercussions to that as well. Just do your research and make sure you are well educated before you go declining test because you feel they aren't necessary - the doctors WILL try to persuade you otherwise, so know your facts.
I think you answered your own question (no). But to be sure, I would give your OB a call. I can't imagine a doc prescribing you a narcotic if they knew you were pregnant. Typically, the best you can take while pregnant is tylenol.View Thread
I know where you're coming from. I was afraid of gaining more this time around. With my first I gained 30 lbs. I know that is within the target for people of a normal weight, but I still worried that it might be more this time.
I think a lot of women get stuck on the idea of "eating for 2" when that is not the case at all. You only need an additional 300 calories per day, if you are eating healthy already.
The best thing you can do is watch what you eat. Eat a good breakfast, have a healthy snack in between, eat a good lunch, etc, and drink plenty of water.
For my lunch, I'll pack 2 or 3 little snacks in case I have the urge to munch. Like carrot sticks, celery with a tablespoon of peanut butter, yogurt, etc. And if I've recently eaten and feel the urge to mindlessly snack on something, I will chew a piece of gum.
And exercise! I walk daily while at work and exercise once I get home with light weights. I have a 3 yr old and he likes to imitate me when I exercise, so it makes things a little more fun in the evening. Sometimes he wants to go ride his bike, so we'll walk around the block a couple times as well.
I know it's difficult, especially when you are feeling so tired, sick and run down all the time, but for me, when I moved into the 2nd trimester and only felt tired most of the time, lol, the more I was active and got the endorphins pumping, the better I felt.
I am now 28 weeks and holding steady at a 15 lb weight gain. I realize that everyone is different and what works for me may not work for you, but you'll never know unless you try, right?
Considering you are not pregnant, I don't understand why you are asking this question on this forum - this is a forum for pregnant women
Also, if it were me, I would have gone to see someone about the issue 2 weeks ago instead of waiting almost a month, then asking random strangers on a discussion forum that couldn't possibly diagnose you, especially over the internet.
I hope you find answers - but I seriously doubt you will find them here - as this is a forum for women who are pregnant.View Thread
A week and a half passed your period is not too early to be testing. As far as stress messing with it, I've been up to 2 weeks late before and it was just stress. I had all the typical "pregnancy" symptoms, but turns out, it was just pre-period symptoms.
When you are stressed to begin with AND worried you might be pregnant, every little thing looks like a pregnancy symptom, lol.
I would give it a few more days and if you still don't see Aunt Flow, test again, if it's still negative, call your Gyno!View Thread
Pregnancy is possible whenever sexual intercourse takes place. The likelihood does decrease when contraception is used properly. If this girl was properly taking her pill, the chances of pregnancy are considerably lower despite misuse of the condom.
In the future, you should probably refrain from not properly handling the condoms and perhaps add in some extra measures (spermicide) to help increase your chances of NOT becoming a father before you are ready.
Of course, things happen and the only sure-fire way to prevent pregnancy is to become celibate until you are ready to be a parent.View Thread
I felt the same way - I just said screw it and embraced the "bump". The majority of people aren't familiar with how bellies are supposed to look during which stage of pregnancy so I didn't really care, I just wanted to be comfortable!
But it really is strange how drastically things can change from one pregnancy to the next. With my first I didn't even need maternity clothes until about 6 months!! This time, I was perusing the maternity racks before I had even hit 3 months. But like you said, I guess that's just the way it is!View Thread
I had an appointment with my OB last week and asked her this same question (I could remember the hear rate limit). She told me that the limit on hear rate for pregnant women was lifted and that I could excercise normally, but just to be careful since my balance is a little off due to the belly.View Thread