Sara - posted on 03/09/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
So, I want to share something I recently went through with the birth of my daughter and see if anyone else had similar experiences! When I was pregnant I developed Gestational Diabetes. I had to switch OB/GYN's in the middle of my pregnancy, around the time i was diagnosed. I didn't have a lot of options, so I went to a doctor that a couple of my friends had gone to. He began insisting almost immediately that I must have type 2 diabetes, not gestational. I told him that I had a physical that included a blood sugar check a couple of months before I was pregnant and that it was normal. He insisted I was mistaken and had a Hemoglobin A1C done to see how my sugars had been over last three months. Well, it came back in the normal range, but he continued to insist that I was a diabetic and began telling me all the horrible things that could happen to my baby as a result. I had start having non-stress tests twice a week and I basically left almost every time crying at something he told me (which included a little speech about how "babies can die at any time"). I did my best and followed the diet to the tee...although it was hard to control my sugars and I had to go on insulin, but even then my sugars were never where he wanted them to be. So, my baby was born, it went very well, she's healthy and happy! But, a friend of mine just recently had a baby and went to him as well. She's normal weight and smoked throughout her entire pregnancy. He would ask her if she was still smoking and she would say yes and then he would say "you should quit" and that's it! This really made me angry! I mean, I tried my best to control something that wasn't my fault and he lectured and lectured me. Then, my normal sized friend smokes and he doesn't say a word! This leads me to believe that he must be prejudiced against plus sized moms. That's the only conclusion I can come to.
Oh, and to add insult to injury, at my 6 week post partum exam, he refused to write me a prescription for birth control because he said it was a contraindication to someone who is diabetic. My sugars have been completely normal since the day after I gave birth!