I am 25 weeks pregnant and am supposed to go in for my one-hour glucose test in a couple days. This is the screening test that determines whether you need to go in for the three-hour glucose test that determines whether you will be considered to have gestational diabetes. I have read that around 25% of women test positive at the one-hour test, and only 15% of these women end up having gestational diabetes according to the results of three-hour glucose tolerance test. I really want to avoid being one of these many false positives. I have a phobia of needles and am not sure I could handle getting four blood draws in one morning.
Does anyone have any ideas as to how to minimize my chances of getting a false positive? My doctor said that I can eat up to two hours prior to the test. He said that fasting would probably increase my chances of testing positive. It's going to be hard to eat two hours prior to the test, because the test is first thing in the morning and I would be sound asleep at that time. I also have a hard time getting food down early in the morning. If I get up extra early and manage to eat something, would it be best to eat something high in protein or are some carbs okay?
I believe I have a tendency to be hypoglycemic, though I have never had any testing done. I feel unwell if I go long without food. When eat foods high in sugar or drink a soda, I get sleepy and sometimes a little light-headed, especially on an empty stomach. It was years before someone told me that I needed to have high-protein snacks to keep my energy level up. Anyway, I am guessing that this means that I will likely have pretty low blood sugar an hour after ingesting the glucose drink, but I can't be sure.
Your advice is appreciated!