I’m seeing so many questions lately regarding gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and the glucose tolerance test (GTT). It genuinely feels like every second woman is being diagnosed lately, and most by only a point or two. Ie: 5 years ago they likely would not have been diagnosed at all.
Women are asking whether the test is reliable, what are the risks, what are the alternatives; I’m seeing women told that they had “undiagnosed” GDM despite doing the routine test and women who “fail” the test and then never have another BSL issue again for their entire pregnancy. Women are asking about evidence: for and against the GTT; for and against induction for GDM; for and against routine scans because of GDM.
Suffice to say that women have questions. And care providers seem to be struggling to answer them.
My first birth was 10 years ago now. It seems like a very long time ago and sometimes it seems like just yesterday. I can still remember it so clearly - the bullying, belittling, feeling so powerless. The event itself was HUGE. And the ramifications have been far reaching.
And this year I wanted to give a little time and emotional space to the lessons that I've learnt on reflection.
This is the 60 million dollar question, right?! I want to have a VBAC. I know that it's not necessarily going to be simple. I've not had one before. And every woman and her cat wants to put their 2 cents worth in.....
So how the hell do I prepare for it?
The answer isn't so easy to find...but is also really simple.
It totally depends on what you want from this journey.
I know that you're sick of me telling you this and you just want the magic formula. Eat this. Do that exercise. BAM! VBAC.
Here's the closest that I've ever come to a magic formula....
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