Re: GD testing
you should look it up so that you can be informed and ask all the questions that you want to ask...
to be diagnosed with GD your 3 hour will have to have at least 2 abnormal results...
the most common complication of GD is Macrosomia. This means the baby gets too big for you to deliver. A risk of macrosomia is shoulder dystocia. Because of the addtional fat on the baby, the shoulders (widest part) may not be able to pass through the birth canal. This is one reason why if you are diagnosed with GD, they want you to carefully monitor your blood sugars so that your baby does not get too big. Too much sugar in the blood stream means your baby will be putting on more weight than is necessary.
Secondly, they want you to watch your sugars because after the baby is born, they will be at risk for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Since in utero, the baby is used to being influxed with so much sugar, baby creates more insulin to process the sugar. Now, once baby is delivered, it's body will continue to do so, putting him/her at risk for low blood sugar.
Additionally, risks for mom are 1)increased chance of developing type 2 (late onset) diabetes, 2) GD may NOT go away and stick around resulting in GD turning into type 2 diabetes, 3)baby will have increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.