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post #21 of 35
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Originally Posted by whozeyermamma View Post
But the GD is pretty low on the intrusive scale - the sugar drink and a blood draw. GD can cause real problems in mom and baby, often shows up with no symptoms and the treatment is pretty low-impact - dietary changes, exercise and monitoring.
I've recently bought Dr Sarah Buckley's book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor's Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting that provides a lengthy discussion of this test from a different perspective. Apparently it is not without risks and the benefits of it are questionable.

My OB is very naturally oriented (and a homeopath) and has not asked me to do the test in either of my pregnancies (no, you're not the only country that has the glucose test as part of routine prenatal testing!). Although I did not engage in a lengthy discussion with her about this (I totally wanted to avoid it, I find it very gross!) she told me briefly that the impact of such a sudden sugar rush to the fetus and the mother are yet unknown so it's better to exercise some caution and do not prescribe it unless there's a valid reason for it.

I think that if you make a search on Mothering's main web page you'd also find some information there by Dr. Buckley about the validity of this test.

By the way I highly recommend Dr Buckley's book to everyone who's expecting, it is one of the best and most thoughful books I've ever seen on natural birth, prenatal testing and early mothering choices.
post #22 of 35
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Thanks for all the information and thoughts!

For me, I was wanting to avoid it because I don't think it's necessary for me right now. I haven't seen any indication it's happening, my CPM monitors the sugar in my urine, I try to eat healthfully and exercise. I also have read there is a high rate of false positives. I'd rather wait and save the test for if it seems to be indicated as necessary.
post #23 of 35
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Originally Posted by Gingercat View Post
I've recently bought Dr Sarah Buckley's book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor's Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting that provides a lengthy discussion of this test from a different perspective. Apparently it is not without risks and the benefits of it are questionable.
I love this book. Just finished reading it yesterday. The studies she quotes are great and I loved reading about her births. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a naturally minded birth/parenting book.

Another great read is Heart and Hands by Elizabeth Davis It's really useful for the mommas out there that are into doing some of their own prenatal care and great for anybody worried that the MW won't make it in time.
Julie
post #24 of 35
You ladies are always so informative!

I was not aware of some of the possible "complications" - especially the one about how they might not "let" you go "overdue," if you have GD. Very interesting.

... and tiffanoodle - what a crazy situation! Ugh.
post #25 of 35
Reading all of your responses has been very helpful for me, too - I did take the 1 hr glucose test last week, and just got a call today that my levels were at 135 and that was "high" and I "have to" come back for the 3 hr test. This just left me feeling upset & confused and now after looking up more info on my own, I see that many practitioners consider anything below 140 normal!! I mean, I do understand that GD is a real issue, BUT I feel it is highly unlikely that I have it based on the numbers from this test.

I also just did not appreciate her attitude that I "have to" do the second test, and acted as if my levels were really high when I know now they are only slightly elevated - which, btw, makes sense to me because I had literally just returned from vacation where I was certainly not making the best food choices!!!

And I am already pissed at my MW group after one MF scared the crap out of me by diagnosing me with placenta previa at my 20 wk us, which has since cleared up and is NORMAL now - like it is for 90% of women with low-lying placenta at 20 wks, not that she bothered to tell me that THEN, when it would have mattered to me! I just feel like I keep getting pushed around & scared about unnecessary things!!

Sorry for the rant, I guess I needed to vent more than I realized! Anyway, I am considering refusing the 3 hr test - any thoughts on pros or cons on that?
post #26 of 35
Global Mama, if it were me, I would decline it. 135 is not outside of the normal range. If you don't have a family history of diabetes or any other indicators, such as being over 35 years old, then there is no need for the test IMO. Good luck!
post #27 of 35
Thank you! I am under 35, no one in my family has a history of diabetes, gestational or otherwise, and I have no other risk factors. The attitudes I've been getting from this MW office have been so irritating, I am seriously looking into other options.
post #28 of 35
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Originally Posted by Global Mama View Post
Reading all of your responses has been very helpful for me, too - I did take the 1 hr glucose test last week, and just got a call today that my levels were at 135 and that was "high" and I "have to" come back for the 3 hr test. This just left me feeling upset & confused and now after looking up more info on my own, I see that many practitioners consider anything below 140 normal!! I mean, I do understand that GD is a real issue, BUT I feel it is highly unlikely that I have it based on the numbers from this test.

I also just did not appreciate her attitude that I "have to" do the second test, and acted as if my levels were really high when I know now they are only slightly elevated - which, btw, makes sense to me because I had literally just returned from vacation where I was certainly not making the best food choices!!!

And I am already pissed at my MW group after one MF scared the crap out of me by diagnosing me with placenta previa at my 20 wk us, which has since cleared up and is NORMAL now - like it is for 90% of women with low-lying placenta at 20 wks, not that she bothered to tell me that THEN, when it would have mattered to me! I just feel like I keep getting pushed around & scared about unnecessary things!!

Sorry for the rant, I guess I needed to vent more than I realized! Anyway, I am considering refusing the 3 hr test - any thoughts on pros or cons on that?
I was diagnosed with GD in my first pregnancy and found out that the day I went in to labor my OB group was discussing inducing me. My daughter was born 12 hours after admitting to the hospital at 5lbs 15oz. Had they induced me due to her being "large" or at risk of being large and I ended up with a baby that small I think I would have had a stroke and possibly sued them. This time around I took the 1 hour test and became violently ill within hours of the test like another posted stated it wasn't the nasty taste it was the horrible crash then spike of my blood sugars. My husband had to leave work to care for me and our two year old. I decided then I was NOT going to do the 3 hour. It took some discussion with my OB - but he has "agreed" that if I test my blood sugar regularly and follow a diet recommended by the ADA - he will test my HA1C at 32 weeks and see how I am doing. I had that blood draw today - and he also looked at my sugars and was pleased with them. The dietitians are a little less happy with my numbers but they are "high normals". I have no problem eating a low glycemic diet, however I have a problem with them cutting fruits and natural juices out and restricting my milk and dairy intake. I also have a problem with being labeled as GD because I know for a fact that I can deliver my baby no matter how large she may end up growing. If I eat healthy and take care of myself there is no logical reason to talk about induction or c-sections until myself or the baby present a real complication. Sorry to rant more I just really feel strongly about this - as does my hubby.
post #29 of 35
Hi there!

So just wanted to chime in as I will actually be taking this test. My midwife generally never does it(long story), but we've decided that I will do it. One thing she said, that I thought I would pass onto those of you who are doing it, is that if you read the original test design, it clearly states to take a 20 minute walk after you take the glucola. I know some people are told to stay still the whole time.

In the mean time, I've done test runs as to the best time of day for me to take it(with a coke and a glucometer)
post #30 of 35
I took the test on Monday. They said a couple of days and I haven't heard anything, so I'm thinking I may be in the clear. I was a little worried because I really was eating too much junk up until my Monday appointment. The stuff tasted gross, but it didn't make me feel very sick. Just a little loopy and once I ate an apple on the way home, I was perfectly fine.
post #31 of 35
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Originally Posted by sharr610 View Post
Hi there!

So just wanted to chime in as I will actually be taking this test. My midwife generally never does it(long story), but we've decided that I will do it. One thing she said, that I thought I would pass onto those of you who are doing it, is that if you read the original test design, it clearly states to take a 20 minute walk after you take the glucola. I know some people are told to stay still the whole time.
I had intended to walk after drinking the junk, but then I had a completely incompetent u/s tech who took FOREVER to get the shots they needed, after waiting in the u/s room for like 20 minutes for her to show up. So it took pretty much the whole hour to get the u/s done and they had to come into the u/s room to draw my blood. No kidding mine was on the high end of technically normal. Then I got up and seriously almost passed out. It was 2 years ago and I still remember the sick feeling like it was yesterday.
post #32 of 35
I did the test last week and will get my results Monday. I find the 20 minute walk thing interesting - here, at least in all the labs in this area, once you drink the orange stuff, you aren't allowed to leave until they do a blood draw an hour later so there is no chance for the walk. That's an interesting tidbit to know if things come back funny.
post #33 of 35
I had my test yesterday and chugged the drink on the way to my appointment. After drinking Chinese harbal teas while TTC, this wasn't bad at all. I felt a bit of a sugar rush and the baby became very active, making it difficult to calculate his heart rate because he was moving so much!

I didn't do anything special and hope it comes back fine.
post #34 of 35
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Originally Posted by SwanLake View Post
I had my test yesterday and chugged the drink on the way to my appointment. After drinking Chinese harbal teas while TTC, this wasn't bad at all. I felt a bit of a sugar rush and the baby became very active, making it difficult to calculate his heart rate because he was moving so much!

I didn't do anything special and hope it comes back fine.
I did mine Thursday, and it came back fine. The funny thing was baby was super active UNTIL I drank that orange ooze. Then she utterly stopped moving, and when we listened to her heartbeat, the NP thought maybe she was asleep. She's been plenty squirrely since, so I'm not worried. I just thought it was interesting compared to what everyone else reports.
post #35 of 35
I did the fasting and 2 hr post prandial yesterday...

Got 67 mg/dl for fasting and 81 mg/dl for 2 hr post maple latte, 1 1/2 glasses of milk and 8 crepes with blueberries and tons of maple syrup, and a short 15 min walk.

One of my midwife friends said I was an excellent sugar metabolizer and that I should put it on my resume. LOL!

I attribute it to tons of exercise, because although I eat a healthy diet I do have lots of dairy and some ice cream and baked goods. It is hard to get rid of the sugar monster!

I didn't do the test last time but I thought, cause I am 'elderly', I would see what I came up with...blessings for good health so far!
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