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Glucose testing

Poll Results: Yes, no, or only with real food and not that silly soda drink?

 
  • 41% (5)
    Yes
  • 41% (5)
    No
  • 16% (2)
    Only with real food.
12 Total Votes  
post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

I'm thinking of turning down the glucose test.  I've read a lot but I am wondering what you ladies think about it.

post #2 of 8
I'm working with a home birth midwife this time, so I didn't even have to think about taking the "glucose test," but I did test my fasting and post meal blood sugar for 10 days and track all of my food for that time too. It was actually really eye opening, and much better than taking a stupid one time test! I found out what relly happens with my blood sugar when I eat certain things, and how to keep it in a more stable range.

I'm really glad I did it, there's a lot to be said for having the information and knowledge for myself!
post #3 of 8

I declined the test last time and will again this time. I would be fine doing glucose readings before/after meals when eating real food if my midwife wants me to or I was showing signs of GD, but I won't pump myself full of a sugar drink on purpose just to see what happens. Especially since I don't eat that way to begin with. 

post #4 of 8

I did the test last week for my own peace of mind because my little one has been measuring big, my DD always measured small and I delivered her early before my GD appt, so I had no frame of reference. BUT, I did not want to drink the glucola with the corn syrup and chemicals. Some of the ladies here pointed me to a midwifery site and I made my own drink with the equivalent of 75g of gliucose using 6 tbsp of organic sugar, lemon juice and water. It tasted like sweet lemonade, much more palatable at 8:30 in the morning. I ran it by my OB first, he did the math and gave me the thumbs up. Passed my test with flying colors, and now I have the peace of mind that this baby is probably big because of my DH's genetics, he's 6'7" tall. :)
 

post #5 of 8
I'm skipping the gd test this round. Supposed to take it on thurs but am switching practioners so it can easily fall by the wayside. If my mw insists then I will drink oj like I did last time
post #6 of 8

I did it just because I didn't feel like putting up a fight. Passed with a 114.  I think as long as you are below 130/140, you pass.  I wish I had declined.  That stuff made me feel absolutely terrible, and I hate thinking about what it did to my baby. :(

post #7 of 8

I don't think it does anything crazy to babies necessarily but I also don't think it tells you anything really practical, other than telling you how you react to that particular drink on a particular day.

 

I passed my test with DS, with DD I failed it.  They were going to give me the 3 hour one but I said screw it - if I failed that one too I would be labeled high risk etc.  So I chose to do the blood testing at home for a week and I never even came close to having an issue.  This time around I did the same thing - skipped the drink foreplay altogether and just tested for a week.  Insurance covered the blood sugar meter.  And it was based on real life results based around what I eat and drink etc.  Much more realistic for me.

 

I think it's awful that you're made to feel anxiety over "passing" or "failing" a test.  It's like school or something.  It's one thing to be aware of what's going on in your body, and if you have an issue it's good to know about it so you can correct or help it or whatever.  (Had they not tested me for thyroid issues I never would have known my levels were way off and needed medicating!)  Considering my own father had diabetes, that puts me at risk for it, and I know I felt better knowing that my blood sugars were healthy.  BUT I just don't like the whole way this particular condition is tested for and how some OB's make you feel like you're a rebel or something for wanting to do the blood meter thing instead.

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by ella'smommy View Post

I did the test last week for my own peace of mind because my little one has been measuring big, my DD always measured small and I delivered her early before my GD appt, so I had no frame of reference. BUT, I did not want to drink the glucola with the corn syrup and chemicals. Some of the ladies here pointed me to a midwifery site and I made my own drink with the equivalent of 75g of gliucose using 6 tbsp of organic sugar, lemon juice and water. It tasted like sweet lemonade, much more palatable at 8:30 in the morning. I ran it by my OB first, he did the math and gave me the thumbs up. Passed my test with flying colors, and now I have the peace of mind that this baby is probably big because of my DH's genetics, he's 6'7" tall. :)
 

 

6'7"??  Holy cow!!  Yeah, no wonder!  lol

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