My midwife wants me to do the 1 hour GTT at my 25 week appointment. I asked her if I could do the jelly beans as an alternative to the glucola, and she said that she doesnt know enough about that procedure (and clearly she can't, oh, I don't know, spend two minutes researching it and give me an answer ). Her recommendation was that I follow the same procedure as with the glucola (fasting 1 hour prior, getting blood drawn one hour after finishing my drink) but that I could drink fruit juice containing 50 grams of carbs instead.
Has anyone ever done the test with juice before? I've done some googling, and there appears to be some concern that the fructose will have a different effect than glucose would, so it may skew the results.
My other option is to try refusing the test. Sugar has been giving me a nasty headache lately (we suspect reactive hypoglycemia), and I'm pretty sure drinking that much glucose or fructose in 15 minutes would make me really miserable. I'm also concerned about the high false positive rate of the GTT test (with glucose or fructose). I'm caucasian, under 25, with a BMI under 24, and I don't know of any relatives with diabetes. I'm not sure if this is a test that I need to take, especially since the test itself is so unpleasant, and if I "fail" it the 3 hour would be even worse. Has anyone ever declined the test? Is declining the test worth the hassle?
What is your doctor or midwife recommending for you? For those who have had it before: is the test really so bad?