glucose tolerance test

Ania - posted on 01/19/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Did anyone have this one done recently? my midwife informed me that they do only the long one now, the 3h test right away. does anywaone have any tips on this . How to prepare well for it? This is the second time around for me, but maybe something changed since the last time I was pregnant.

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Monique - posted on 01/23/2012

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My midwife had me do a very different way of testing glucose: over the course of a week I had to keep a detailed diet log and test my blood sugar with an insulin reader 4x a day (once upon rising and once after each main meal). As long as my reading was within an acceptable range then she knew that I didn't have blood sugar issues. Sure it wasn't fun pricking my finger 4x a day but this method provided a much clearer picture of how my body processed the glucose obtained from my regular diet. I have a great admiration for diabetics who always have to use the meters! Unfortunately, whether you do a 1 or 3-hour test, I could see how it might not provide an accurate view of how your body deals with excess sugar over time/ on a regular basis.

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Katie - posted on 01/21/2012

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I think the problem with the 1-hr is that it assumes you were fasting before you were doing it, and many people don't fast before the 1-hr. The 3-hr requires you to fast for 12 hours, and so gives you a more accurate reading of your body's ability to regulate blood sugar.



I had to do both, but I'm in the US.

Danielle - posted on 01/20/2012

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I had the test this morning and to be honest it wasn't bad at all. The drink wasn't bad tasting either mine was like cherry Koolaid that was too strong. Kinda like when you container you are putting the drink in is in between labeled sizes so you guess on just how much powder you add and it ends up too strong yeah that's about it and other than that it was great. Talk about a buzz though. lol I'd say bring a book for the 3 hours or something :)

Ania - posted on 01/20/2012

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With my first pregnancy my 1h test came out positive too and then I had to ho for 3h one and it came out negative. So maybe it is better that I have only 3h one to go now. But honestly, they should just quit these glucose test in low risk pregnancies all together. I'm not gaining crazy amount of weight I exercise and I'm 29 years old...I'm fine

Danica - posted on 01/20/2012

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In Sydney Australia, they have stop doing the 1 hr test because it's give out false reading. The Midwife said the other day, people were complaing that the 1 hr test said the sugar level was high then had to go for the 3 hr and came back normal.



Personal I find it a pain in the ass cause I am about to go for my second 3hr test. Due to my high blood pressure and weight. I have better things to do with my time.

Ania - posted on 01/20/2012

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Emily, thanks for your input, guess what I found out and what directions I got: I should avoid carbs few days before the test....That is completely opposite to what your dr said. I'm so conused now!!! I don't know what to do now... Maybe I will just eat like I regularly eat and fast from midnight and go for the test.

Emily - posted on 01/19/2012

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I think it must depend on your provider. I had a baby in March 2011, and I did the 1hr first, and then when I failed it, I had to do the 3hr one. When I failed the first one, my dr. told me to carb load for three days before the test. In doing this, he said you get your pancreas ramped up producing its full potential of insulin so that when you take the sugar load of the test, your body has no problem dealing with it.

Ania - posted on 01/19/2012

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Oh wow! They never say anything it is so annoying!!! Sorry to hear that. Hopefully everything will be fine with this placental abnormality...

Danielle - posted on 01/19/2012

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No fun no fun. I wish you luck, I so don't want to do the 1 hour test let alone the 3 hour test. Honestly I didn't know I was classified as higher risk until I was 20 weeks when I was told to go to the specialist to check on the placenta, then they spring on me that the baby may have Trisomy 18... Stupid doctor could have said something about that before the specialist appointment.

Ania - posted on 01/19/2012

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I am actually a low risk super healthy pregnancy :) first one was without complications and vaginal delivery without drugs. I don't get it why they changed the rules suddenly...maybe it is just this office. 1h test is not available at all

Danielle - posted on 01/19/2012

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I have to go in for the 1h test. I heard that it depends on how your health has been in the past on if you get the 3h one right away. I so don't want to get it done but figure I didn't get the down syndrome test done might as well make sure I try my hardest to get this one done. Specially since I'm technically high risk (placental lakes that haven't gotten worse or better)

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