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Type 1 Diabetic, measuring large. Need reassurance.

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WeeCheekyBird · 04/05/2017 19:34

Hi guys,

I've recently had my 30 week scan and it turns out baby has gone from 50th centile to 98th in 2 weeks and already weighs over 4lb and I'm feeling really horrible about it.

Consultant is now monitoring her growth and has said if it goes up anymore she'll have to be induced much earlier than we hoped (was due to be induced at 38w) as they don't want her to be exposed to my diabetes too much.

I have been trying so hard to keep my levels under control and have literally done everything they've asked me to but am still struggling to keep them within range and I feel really useless and like I'm failing her.

Basically I need to know if this has happened to anyone else and the baby just had a spurt and evened out again or if baby had to come early and what the outcome was. It took me 9 years to have this unexpected baby (we were told we couldn't have kids) and I can't bare the idea that I'm putting her at risk of being a preemie and that this strong little girl who has fought all the odds to exist might be getting harmed because I'm bloody incapable of doing this right.


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haveacupoftea · 04/05/2017 20:49

I don't have type 1 but I do have GD. Please stop feeling guilty, you have a medical condition and there's nothing you can do to help it. As long as your baby keeps following his or her trend there is no need to panic too much- having said that I have a T1 friend whose baby shot off the chart at 33 weeks and she's getting sectioned at 37+4 - so even if the worst happens you may still make it to term!

It's so hard to keep within the blood sugar targets especially with T1 so don't feel bad. The pregnancy targets are so strict and coupled with the natural urge to eat more and eat carbs/convenience foods it's a horrible combination really.

Just keep going for your appointments and do your best and that's all you can do. Every day counts at this stage - even if you only make it past 34 weeks your baby will have every chance of thriving.

Rockspin · 04/05/2017 20:58

I know it's different but I have gestational diabetes which I take insulin to control but it's been very uncontrolled despite doing everything they've told me to do - highs after every meal then hypos one extreme to another! So frustrating. I'm 35 nearly 36 weeks now.
I had a growth scan at 32 weeks and baby measured 94th percentile, she'd doubled her weight in a month apparently, cue huge guilt and upset thinking I've put her at risk. I'm due back in for final growth scan next Thursday so decision will be made on when and how to have her then. But if I'm honest, as much as I am guilty about having gd I don't put a huge amount of faith in growth scans as dd1 was estimated to be 8lb odd but was 6lb 4oz at birth!

WeeCheekyBird · 04/05/2017 21:13

Thanks for the reassurance tea and Rockspin.

I can't really help but feel bad - DH keeps on at me not to as well but I just beat myself up.

She is well off her growth chart now which is why I think it got me so much - everything had been easy and uneventful til now and she was always perfectly on the line. PFB so I'm probably overthinking it :)

Best of luck to both of you and I hope you have happy, healthy (and not too huge!) wee ones!

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Rockspin · 05/05/2017 07:34

Mine followed the chart perfectly too @weecheekybird till that 32 week scan, so frustrating as I thought she was ok till that scan.
Good luck x

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