(Closed) Anyone understand bloodwork results (triglycerides) enough to help me w/results?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have a genetic condition where my cholesterol is high, no matter what I do…I’m on medication for it and I am very small. It just…is high. I have to be careful what I eat, what birth control I use, etc.

Fasting wouldn’t have done it…I have to fast for my tests so that any food I ate doesnt impede the results. I am not 100% on this, but…I was told when I was younger that cholesterol can raise during pregnancy. I believe it returns to normal shortly after you give birth…your body produces extra cholesterol during this time as to help with the baby’s development. (I didn’t explain this in the most scientific of terms, I vaugely remember talking to my doc about this once).

Your doctor will reassure you. Don’t google! It creates medical panic! 🙂

Post # 4
13597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@heathaah:  Just call your doctor.  He knows you, he has your records, and he has the medical training to offer an opinion on this. 

Like PP said, googling medical stuff is just going to panic you. 

Post # 5
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Firstly: Don’t panic, even if you do have gestational diabetes it is common and i’m sure your doctor and yourself is doing the best you can to take care of yourself and your baby.

Secondly, I work in a lab (although in the UK so your reference ranges are different) and i can tell you a few fun facts to ease your mind.

1. Trig results can go up and down like yo-yos depending on whats going on. I once saw a trig result double in a week because the man had fish and chips the day before his test, don’t panic.

2. You’re pregnant. Lots of blood work results goes crazy in pregnant ladies. We get lots of results we look at and go “WHOA WHAT THE— oh wait, she’s pregnant, never mind”. If you think about the fact your body is in the process of creating a new human being, so it needs to start making more of things to build your little one in. So levels of cholesterol (which is used to stabilise cell membranes) will rise, because you are making thousand and thousands of new cell membranes!

3. Don’t google. It’ll be full of horrors. It’s not worth it. Talk to your doctor, he is the one that will be able to help you, not google. Google will scare you and make you believe every disorder and problem under the sun. Even the doctors I know become crazy when looking at google.

Post # 6
1714 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Googling it is not worth it. The amount of hypochondriac patients my parents receive, oi vey… It just gets the patients into a hissy fit and a panic attack. Go ask your doc – it’s what they’re there for anyway!

Post # 7
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

When I had my triglycerides checked (prepregnancy), I was told that exercise can help bring them down (in addition to eating better). I’d say have a chat with your doctor, find out if you should be concerned, and what you can do to bring your levels down (maybe a quick walk around the office a few times a day).

Post # 8
2443 posts
Buzzing bee

I am not pregnant but I also had a “wellness” test done recently for my insurance. It said my cholesterol was slightly high and my triglycerides were incredibly high. 

Darling Husband works in a hospital lab and was astonished to see how high they were. However, he was shocked when I said they drew the blood from a finger prick and not the vein. My hands were cold so the person had to really push the blood out. Darling Husband thinks this affected the results, as he said its possible the stress could have burst cells or whatever in my blood. 

Not sure how you were tested but I’m just throwing that out there. 

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