By donna13 Latest Reply 2010-01-11 08:59:52 -0600
Started 2010-01-10 13:23:34 -0600

I wonder if any of you ladies can answer my question. I was not dx until I was 70, but I had 5 large babies. The last one weighed 11 lb, ll oz. Back then the only test that was given us was a urinalysis to test for diabetes. My tests were always negative. After my son was born they kept taking blood tests (I don't believe they had meters yet), before and after meals. I jokingly complained to my doctor that since I was extremely anemic (a result of the big baby) I couldn't spare any blood. He said the hospital was checking for diabetes, but he was certain that I did not have it - my baby was very healthy and strong, which he said proved my blood sugar was normal. I now have a relative who is an OB and he insists I must have had GD. My sister also had large babies, and when she was dx w/D2 years later, she was told having big babies is a sign that you will develop D2. Since my mother and 2 other sisters also had large babies and did not develop D2, I tend to believe that having large babies is in our genes. Have any of you had large babies before you were dx?

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giojuju 2010-01-11 08:59:52 -0600 Report

maybe big babies just run in the family. my mom had 2 of my brothers at 11 lbs and so far she hasnt and dont have diabetes. one of my aunts had a baby weighing a normal 7 lbs and she was and is diabetic since yrs before she was pregnant so it makes u think about wut drs say

cc9 2010-01-10 18:36:36 -0600 Report

yeah…my first baby was 8lbs 10oz. I was hospitalised with preeclampsia at 34 weeks. my second baby was 11lbs and i was disgnosed with gd at 34 weeks. i am only 5' 2" but my ex husband was 5' 11" and everyone thought I just have big babies bec of my ex husband's physique. not sure if there is any truth in the assumption or that it was bec of gd in both pregnancies. my gd would not have been picked up if i did not experience chest pains and heart palpitations which lead the dr to check for diabetes.

Susie624 2010-01-10 16:56:43 -0600 Report

I am 62 and have 5 children,3 of which weighed,8 lbs 6oz,9lbs 4oz, and 9lbs 3oz,I was dx 2 years ago .

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