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post #21 of 34

Just a thought for those of us opting out; I just spoke with a friend who failed the one hour and opted to test blood sugars instead of doing the 3 hour test...so it was in her records that she *did* have GD.  I'm assuming this was done for insurance reasons (so she could get the test strips) rather than a dishonest MW.  She ended up going into labor early, and her son had to stay in the NICU for longer than he would have to watch his blood sugars because it was in her records that she had GD even though she didn't.  So I would make sure that you ask your MW if doing an alternative to the test will leave you with a GD diagnosis.  HTH!

post #22 of 34
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Originally Posted by BabySmurf View Post

Just a thought for those of us opting out; I just spoke with a friend who failed the one hour and opted to test blood sugars instead of doing the 3 hour test...so it was in her records that she *did* have GD.  I'm assuming this was done for insurance reasons (so she could get the test strips) rather than a dishonest MW.  She ended up going into labor early, and her son had to stay in the NICU for longer than he would have to watch his blood sugars because it was in her records that she had GD even though she didn't.  So I would make sure that you ask your MW if doing an alternative to the test will leave you with a GD diagnosis.  HTH!

 

Ugh. Fingers crossed this isn't the norm. Thanks for the heads up.

post #23 of 34

I just heard back about my 1 hour GT retest...  104  yay! 

I KNEW I didn't have a problem.. The first test was 141 (139 is the cut off) after drinking juice all morning before the test.  Don't ask me what I was thinking!

Glad I retook it, instead of monitoring.  I was also worried it would show in my records somehow that I had GD becasue I chose an alternate way of monitoring.  (I am also glad my OB didn't raise a stink about not wanting to do the 3 hour and just let me do the 1 hour again.)

post #24 of 34
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I just heard back about my 1 hour GT retest...  104  yay! 

I KNEW I didn't have a problem.. The first test was 141 (139 is the cut off) after drinking juice all morning before the test.  Don't ask me what I was thinking!

Glad I retook it, instead of monitoring.  I was also worried it would show in my records somehow that I had GD becasue I chose an alternate way of monitoring.  (I am also glad my OB didn't raise a stink about not wanting to do the 3 hour and just let me do the 1 hour again.)

yay!!!!!!

post #25 of 34
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Originally Posted by jr'smom View Post

I just heard back about my 1 hour GT retest...  104  yay! 

I KNEW I didn't have a problem.. The first test was 141 (139 is the cut off) after drinking juice all morning before the test.  Don't ask me what I was thinking!

Glad I retook it, instead of monitoring.  I was also worried it would show in my records somehow that I had GD becasue I chose an alternate way of monitoring.  (I am also glad my OB didn't raise a stink about not wanting to do the 3 hour and just let me do the 1 hour again.)


yay!! i'm glad that you were able to retake the 1 hour! and that you passed :) i find myself really feeling defensive about these things, but really most of the time i have found providers willing to work with people. 

 

i had my appointment last night and asked to opt out of the GD test all together, and instead go in for sporatic blood sugar finger pricks and/or do the a1c test instead.  they said sure.  based on the fact that i am eating well and aware of my body and willing to work with them in terms of alternatives and not trying to ignore the risk all together.  so yay for that :)  i hope everyone is finding ways that work for them!

post #26 of 34
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Originally Posted by jr'smom View Post

I just heard back about my 1 hour GT retest...  104  yay! 

I KNEW I didn't have a problem.. The first test was 141 (139 is the cut off) after drinking juice all morning before the test.  Don't ask me what I was thinking!

Glad I retook it, instead of monitoring.  I was also worried it would show in my records somehow that I had GD becasue I chose an alternate way of monitoring.  (I am also glad my OB didn't raise a stink about not wanting to do the 3 hour and just let me do the 1 hour again.)


Wonderful!

post #27 of 34

I ended up refusing this test after all.  I've randomly tested my blood sugar at work, within 1 hour of eating and I tried one where I drank 8 oz of apple juice and tested it 1 hour and 2 hours after and my sugar as 85 and 73 (if anything, I seem to be on the low side), it has never been above 100, so I'm going to skip it.  I was worried about GD with my pregnancy weight gain, but so far so good. 

post #28 of 34

ugh, I tested at 151 for my one hour test... I had a small milk shake and a roast beef sandwich an hour before my testing- I was so hungry and wanted something to eat but then the test was in an hour and the Dr told me to drink a small milk shake or juice... I should have just had the sandwich it seems.

Anyhow the office called me. I guess the on call Dr got the results and freaked out- had his nurse call me and do all this fear mongering about how I needed to get in ASAP, when could I go, when could I go... when could I go - (she wouldn't even give me time to look at my calendar, finally I just said "I am not sure, could you stop asking me the same question while I look at me schedule and see when my employer will let me have time off?")

 

Then she was like "you really shouldn't blow this off, it is really important and we will need to get you into see a specialtist, ....blahblah.gif  blahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gif"  Really something similar happened with DD and I was in perfect range with the 3hr test (though my marriage almost ended that day because DH and I had a huge blow out, I was tired, hungry and hormonal and the lab scheduled my test at 1pm, so I had gone over 12 hrs without eating....). - I told the nurse I wasn't too worried, however I am acting differently to sugar/refined stuff and the like, than with DD.....

 

I also was trying to tell her that I have an appointment on Tuesday with my primary OB and would like to talk with her about it first.... but just wondering if I should go tomorrow for the test, just because it is the easiest day to schedule something for ME- the other part of me is thinking I should wait... 

Testing for GD is important for me with family history of diabetes and me being over weight/hypothyroid.... ugh

post #29 of 34

I scored 158 on my one hour test yesterday :( 
I have to go get the long one tomorrow... 

post #30 of 34

I initially refused this test.  After a few OB visits, my OB strongly encouraged me to get this since I've been "measuring big".  My placenta has been about a week ahead of schedule, so she said that could be due to GDM, but I knew from my random glucose checks that I was fine.  So I finally did it Monday and it was 100.  The solution tasted like CRAP and it made feel feel nauseated and dizzy.  dizzy.gif  Maybe now she'll back off about it.  I was then told that I need to get a Tdap vaccine during the 3rd trimester (new recommendation) even though I just got a Tdap 4 years ago for grad school.  I'm skeptical.  I'm not anti-vaccine, but I'm cautious about medications/ vaccines during pregnancy.  It was a stellar visit to say the least.   

post #31 of 34
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I initially refused this test.  After a few OB visits, my OB strongly encouraged me to get this since I've been "measuring big".  My placenta has been about a week ahead of schedule, so she said that could be due to GDM, but I knew from my random glucose checks that I was fine.  So I finally did it Monday and it was 100.  The solution tasted like CRAP and it made feel feel nauseated and dizzy.  dizzy.gif  Maybe now she'll back off about it.  I was then told that I need to get a Tdap vaccine during the 3rd trimester (new recommendation) even though I just got a Tdap 4 years ago for grad school.  I'm skeptical.  I'm not anti-vaccine, but I'm cautious about medications/ vaccines during pregnancy.  It was a stellar visit to say the least.   

 

My midwife also recommended (or more like gave us the information about) TDAP, but I believe she said it needed to be within the last 10 years for full protection.  I'd double check what the recommendation is, because it sounds like you're covered.

 

Glad the GT test ended with good results for you!

post #32 of 34

Aw, that stinks that a couple of you have to do the 3 hour - that's not fun! At least your numbers aren't crazy high, besides being a PITA I think most people do pass.  If not, it's good to know so you can adjust things a bit.

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Originally Posted by JNajla View Post

I initially refused this test.  After a few OB visits, my OB strongly encouraged me to get this since I've been "measuring big".  My placenta has been about a week ahead of schedule, so she said that could be due to GDM, but I knew from my random glucose checks that I was fine.  So I finally did it Monday and it was 100.  The solution tasted like CRAP and it made feel feel nauseated and dizzy.  dizzy.gif  Maybe now she'll back off about it.  I was then told that I need to get a Tdap vaccine during the 3rd trimester (new recommendation) even though I just got a Tdap 4 years ago for grad school.  I'm skeptical.  I'm not anti-vaccine, but I'm cautious about medications/ vaccines during pregnancy.  It was a stellar visit to say the least.   

 

Yeah, I think that you should be good too...I would definitely recommend "shopping" for another provider if she is putting this much pressure on you.  I know it's late in the game, but you don't want to be butting heads during labor, it will make it *so* much harder on you.  I think that a lot of practices are open to a brief meeting or maybe just a phone conversation.  I know people that have changed at 30+ weeks and have been hugely relieved. 

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Originally Posted by amlikam View Post

ugh, I tested at 151 for my one hour test... I had a small milk shake and a roast beef sandwich an hour before my testing- I was so hungry and wanted something to eat but then the test was in an hour and the Dr told me to drink a small milk shake or juice... I should have just had the sandwich it seems.

Anyhow the office called me. I guess the on call Dr got the results and freaked out- had his nurse call me and do all this fear mongering about how I needed to get in ASAP, when could I go, when could I go... when could I go - (she wouldn't even give me time to look at my calendar, finally I just said "I am not sure, could you stop asking me the same question while I look at me schedule and see when my employer will let me have time off?")

 

Then she was like "you really shouldn't blow this off, it is really important and we will need to get you into see a specialtist, ....blahblah.gif  blahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gifblahblah.gif"  Really something similar happened with DD and I was in perfect range with the 3hr test (though my marriage almost ended that day because DH and I had a huge blow out, I was tired, hungry and hormonal and the lab scheduled my test at 1pm, so I had gone over 12 hrs without eating....). - I told the nurse I wasn't too worried, however I am acting differently to sugar/refined stuff and the like, than with DD.....

 

I also was trying to tell her that I have an appointment on Tuesday with my primary OB and would like to talk with her about it first.... but just wondering if I should go tomorrow for the test, just because it is the easiest day to schedule something for ME- the other part of me is thinking I should wait... 

Testing for GD is important for me with family history of diabetes and me being over weight/hypothyroid.... ugh

If you are worried, I would just do the test so that you *know*.  I *hate* overly pushy office staff, especially when they try to fear monger to get their point across (it totally makes me want to do the opposite of what they are recommending :/ ) .  I would guess that the milk shake probably threw you over the threshold and that you are fine, and may be able to retake the 1 hour to see how that goes...but if it's hard to fit it in your schedule I would do what makes more sense for you and not worry about the office lady.

 

 

I just tried to schedule a visit with my MW to go over my blood sugar results (since I opted to measure that instead doing of the drink) and she is away on vacation.  Apparently she put it in my chart that she wants me to test for the duration, which is NOT what we discussed.  So I am annoyed.  I told the office not to put an order in for strips since they are really expensive and I don't want it on my insurance that I have GD when I clearly don't.  I'll wait for her to come back and we will talk on Tuesday.  Fun stuff. 

post #33 of 34

I went in for the 3hr test today and failed the base level scan so I couldn't even do the test. UGH greensad.gif I was at 139 with having fasted for almost 14hrs!

post #34 of 34
My OB that I have now likely won't deliver me anyway (depending upon the day/ time that I go into labor). The practice is rather large and there is a call schedule- a good probability that a strange man will deliver me. Sad. Regarding the Tdap, it's a new recommendation that women get it their last trimester so the antibodies are passed to the baby to protect him/ her during the first 6 months while they're developing antibodies to the DTaP.
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