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Glucose test??? What other tests have i got???

Julie - posted on 01/26/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Can eny1 tell me what a glucose test is plz lol.

I dnt feel like my midwife if is giving me enough details on whats goin to happen over the next 10 week. i have four different midwifes and not one of them have exlpaind anything to me properly.

Im 19 and im due april 7th with my first child a boy "Kian Jason Rylee Sharrock" and i havent a clue what to expect with labour, the pains or when i no when the right time to go into hospital is.

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Carrie - posted on 02/24/2009

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Mine was very easy. My doc office is very laid back. They just told me if I eat to eat what I usually do every morning. I opted not to eat. Then I drink the drink and go to the office 45 mins later. At that time they will draw my blood 60 mins after I took the last drop at home.



I liked the drink, which I guess is odd, but my sugar cravings were so big that this was the only thing that seemed to curb them entirely

Rachelle - posted on 02/22/2009

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A glucose test is when you go to the lab and they take a blood sample, then they give a gucose drink, (tastes like orange pop.) and then they take your blood after 1 or 2 hours depending on the test you have. What it does is see how your body is processing sugars. If you fail the test you wil probably be diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. This means you'll have diabetes for as long as your pregnant.

If this is the case then they'll send you to the diabetes center where they'll inform you of the disease and probably give you a meter, to test your blood sugars. Hopefully you'll be able to control it through diet and excersize, if not then they'll put you on insulin. Once the baby is born though you should be back to normal.

I have GD and have been on insulin for over a month now, I can't wait till it's done. My sister and my mother both had it, and no one in our family had regular Diabetes. It's a pain in the butt, and can lead to other complications such as excessive weight gain for you and baby. So generally they'll induce you at 37-38 wks.

It's only 3-5% of women that get it though, and being so young your odds are much lower. So don't stress out either way. Just go get the test done, 'cause the sooner the catch something the better for you and baby.

Rachelle - posted on 02/17/2009

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Since the glucose test part of the question seems to be well answered....


First of all, I would demand information from my mid-wife, I mean, that's what they are there for. I never leave my mid-wife appointments with unanswered questions. I sometimes even keep a little notepad with me so as questions arise, I write them down to bring up at my next appointment. Also, there are sooooo many resources for information about any thing related to pregnancy and birth. I recommend taking a birthing class, if offered in your area. www.babycenter.com is a good reference. Also, check your local library (or bookstore) for books on pregnancy and birthing (The "What to Expect..." series was given to me, along with " Your Pregnancy Week-By-Week" ). Your mom, sister, and certainly other women with children should also be used. And don't be afraid to go to the hospital if you *think* you are in labor. They can check your progress, and either admit you or send you home. Its no hassle for them, its what they are there for!

I'm pregnant with my first, and living in a country where I don't speak the language very well. I use every resource I can both in English and Icelandic, using friends and the hubby to translate when necessary. No one seems to mind helping or giving information/advice. Use the people closest to you and the resources you have available to be well informed. =)

Jennifer - posted on 02/13/2009

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Little bout me I will be 24 in April. My oldest son will be 5 in April. My daughter will be 3 in March (her due date was April 2nd) and I am due with my 3rd April 15th.



For the glucose test my first 2 were easy. I got to go to the hospital and drink a orange sugar filled drink then the took blood and hour later. With this pregnance I took the same test but the results were high so had to fast for 12 hours the take blood wait half hour take the orange drink then an hour later take blood then an hour after that take blood again. Fun fun lol.



As for labour, Being preganant I think you just know. With my son I had a contraction at noon that made me do to the hospital were they said that I was in labour but didn't feel much again till 4:00 p.m.  that when I felt more contraction and he was born at 4:32 p.m.



With my daughter I felt a pain around 11:00 p.m. that didn't feel right so went to the hospital were they said I was in labour but then I didn't feel anything again till the put something in my IV at 10:00 a.m. the next morning and she was born at 10:16 a.m. that morning.



Throughout your 9 months of being pregnant you will learn to feel how your body reacts to things and really is something doesn't feel right just go to your hospital and they will let you know. The worst the can really say is that your not in labour yet and send you back home. Hope that helps. Good luck, congrates and all that good stuff

Caitlyn - posted on 02/12/2009

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Yeah, the glucose test is nothing too serious. I am 16 and expecting my first baby on April 30. I am very excited, and as it is to you, it was alll new to me. I didn't have a clue about all the tests they run, and I still don't have a clue about labour. I am thinking of taking birthing classes but I don't know.. Well hope all goes good for you!

Ajia - posted on 02/08/2009

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I've been told that the best time to go to the hospital is 411: having contractions 4 minutes apart, lasting 1 minute each, for at least 1 hour. However, this is a very general rule of thumb and every woman is different. It is also important to take into account when your water breaks.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/27/2009

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glucose is for gestastional diabetes. You drink this sugary drink and wait an hour then they take your blood and test it for diabetes. Depending on your results it depends on what the next step is.

Check out Babycenter.com its an awesome resource for new and old moms alike. I love it. It will give you week by week explanations and what to expect.

Labor is awful don't let anyone tell you its not that bad it is. If you aren't opposed to needles and such get an epideral. If you are then stay away and prepare to be in pain. As far as the right time to go to the hospital? I thought the midwife would deliver you? I'm not sure if yours provides that or not but some do I'm told. If not definitely go to the hospital when your water breaks or by the time your contractions are like 7 minutes apart I think? not too sure on that one I would check with the midwife and just tell them you feel that things haven't been explained well enough and you have a lot of questions. Its never too late to switch providers as well. If you aren't comfortable where you are then find somewhere you are. I hope this helps and definitely check out the website babycenter.com

Vickie - posted on 01/27/2009

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The glucose test is pretty simple; I just had mine about 10 days ago.  I wasn't told to fast or anything, just not to have a lot of sugar before I take the test.  I had to drink this orange "stuff" that doesn't taste all that great, but it's barable. Then I had to wait around the office for an hour.  After that, they drew some blood from my arm and sent off to be tested.  I received a call within 3 days with teh results - no diabetes for me!  But they did find out I have low iron so I have to take extra supplements.



It really is a shame that your midwife isn't explaining things to you very well.  Is there someone else you could see?  Having been through pregnancy & childbirth once already, I can say that it's important to be comfortable with the person who will be delivering your chid.  Never been afraid to ask questions,and never let your appointments end until YOU are ready - ask all of your questions, even the ones you think are silly or embarassing.  You need to know what to expect.  Your due date is approaching quickly; you need to get all these questions asnswered soon!  Make a list if you need to and let her know that you want them answered before you leave!  She's technically working for you, so make her earn her pay!

Fran - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had the 3 hour glucose test and came out positive for gestational diabetes....I am surprised your midwife didnt explain all this to you. The test is to see how your insulin production or blood glucose levels are and they typically do it between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy for some reason-its hormonal I believe.  If your sugars are abnormally high after drinking the concentrate, you may get that diagnosis as well...I had high amniotic fluid levels and am "old" so that tipped them off for me! I would sit down with your midwives with questions on a checklist for you to reference if you really feel like you have so many that have not been answered. God forbid you go early and still feel this confused, right?! Cheers, congrats, I am due 3 days after you!

April - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hi Julie,

First, congrats on your first. I am due April 3 with my second, another girl. My first will only be 16.5 months then so Im going to have my hands full!!!

I just had my glucose test yesterday. It's a simple test. The way my practice does it is to fast from midnight until the test. They should schedule it as early in the morning as possible so that you don't have to go a tremendous amount of time without eating. My practice allows you to drink water or eat sugarless things (they recommend toast for breakfast). Anyway, when you start the test, they'll prick your finger and get a blood sugar reading (like diabetics do). You will drink a sugary drink they give you (some women say its gross, to me it just tastes like hawaiian punch). You will have to be there an hour. After that hour, they will again prick your finger and get a blood sugar reading. The plebotomist told me that anything under 130 is considered passing. If your sugar reads over 130 after that hour (or whatever reading your practice goes by) then you will have to have a repeat test at another time. However, this second test is a 3 hour test and again I think they check your levels every hour. Thankfully, I passed both pregnancies, so i didn't have to have a repeat test. They just want to be sure you don't have gestational diabetes, which can cause you to have a big baby for one thing.

If there is anything else you want to know, please feel free contact me! You can directly email me at alt41285@hotmail.com.

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