Okay... I feel deep within me that the GD test will do more harm than any good. I admit, that at times I consume more sugar than I want or should, but this test just rubs me the wrong way. I've always not felt good about it, and with this being my third pregnancy with no history of GD, I'm on the brink of saying "no thank you" to the test. Has anyone else done the same? Words of inspiration to listen to and follow my gut are encouraged and asked for.
Gestational Diabetes Testing
From what I understand, the risk for GD can be prevented or minimized through proper eating. Of course, you have to be able to stick with it but if you feel you may be a bit prone to sugary foods you can always purchase a glucose monitoring system with strips and monitor yourself regularly. Personally, DH and I have decided to forgo the test but I'm not an expert in any way, this is from my own research and comfort level. I do tend to have larger babies (8 -10lbs+), but I have a what is considered a large frame for a woman, 5'9, 160lbs and big babies runs in my family. I would do more research which may make you feel more comfortable with whatever decision you make.
I really wish someone had responded to this very good question! I am kind of in the same boat. I am undecided. I've read that this test has a high rate of inaccurate results. Furthermore, I for one am fairly certain the beverage they give me will be the most sugary thing I've consumed the entire pregnancy! I do enjoy sweets, but of a subdued nature, involving fruit and made at home. This is more like a soda, I've heard, which I don't even think I'll be able to stomach. But then again, I am not the world's most informed person on this issue, and would really like it if someone in the know offered up some legit pros and cons. I'm supposed to call to schedule this test with the lab ASAP, but have been putting it off.
I would love to decline it, but I will have to see how my midwives feel about doing that. I hate that test and it always makes me feel sick. It is notoriously unreliable. I failed the 1 hour once and had to take the 3 hour and that was no fun. I passed but I felt it was ridiculous. I eat healthy, have no risk factors, a history of smaller babies, am not overweight, ect. I really think it is unnecessary unless you are higher risk for it.
I did it when I was pregnant with DS, and despite being "morbidly obese" my test came back negative. I am fine with doing it, but I do have the the risk factor of being heavy. I'd probably do it even if I were a healthy weight though, simply because it is a relatively easy test to do and gestational diabetes would make me nervous about possibly having diabetes.
My tests have always come back negative but because I'm in the "obese" category I don't think I could get away without testing. I find it easier to do the test than to fight it, or to monitor myself at home. I guess I'm choosing my battles. :)
But, just listen to your intuition and follow your gut.
Also, I *never* drink anything as artificial or sugary or chemical-filled as the testing liquid, so why am I doing it for "medical purposes?"
I read a wonderful article by Henci Goer on the topic called "The Emperor Has No Clothes" last pregnancy- want to see if I can find it again because I am dreading this test and may just pass on it.
I didn't do it with my first and I won't do it this time either. Even my more medically-minded shadow care doctor totally leaves it up to me. I have no risk factors though. I don't have big babies, I eat well, blah, blah, blah. If I start measuring big or something, I'm sure she'd pressure me about it more.
I just talked to my midwife about this last week. They do it differently, I can choose any drink that gets 50 grams of sugar into me in 10 minutes, with Naked Juice being their recommendation. That makes me feel so much better about doing it.
I though about opting out with my second, but the few people I know with GD were smaller (one is tiny) and I have big babies, so I want the results there in my chart.
This is one decision I can't seem to make up my mind on. I am being watched for a history of small babies and I eat very well, I can't imagine what I would change if I was GD. I avoid all pop like crazy as it always, even since I was young, gives me a splitting headache. My doctor last time said there were no other options and it was mandatory. I have a MW this time and I am curious what she will say. I know it can be very important but I have been dreading it since I found out I was pregnant
I just read in the Dr Sears PG book that it's really not that great of a test since there are so many false positives/need for further 3 hr testing since no human drinks that amount of sugar straight. Also he wrote to walk while you wait and not just sit because it'll help your body metabolize it better. I passed my test with my first PG "with flying colors" but am nervous this time because I have had repeat yeast infections and my NP said that can be an early sign of early GD. My only risk factor is having multiples, my weight is normal pre-pregnancy and I don't have a history of GD or lg birthwt babies and am not older than 30. But I'm still nervous for the test but if it can be managed through diet it wouldn't really hurt me to cut out sugar, either. I am trying to eat protein with every meal and snack at least, and sort of follow the Brewer diet for twin pregnancy.
Henci Goer has interesting things to say about GD and the testing for it. She basically says it's a waste of time, that all it does is indicate women who may be at risk for developing diabetes later in life. The congenital anomalies that was attributed to GD in the past are instilled in the baby during organogenesis, which occurs during the first trimester, and women aren't even tested until the 3rd. By then, there is nothing to do about any possible anomalies, and the blood sugar levels typically rise in a linear manner throughout pregnancy. That means that the levels at 28 weeks will almost always be higher than they were during the formation of the baby. The rise is normal, and beneficial, since the fetus requires more glucose at the end of pregnancy, to build it's own fat stores in preparation for birth, and the mother's body responds to chemical changes in the placenta by changing her sensitivity to glucose. So anyway...long story short, no biggie to skip this one.
I am refusing it, and I had GD last time around. I have refused the standard test, where I drink more sugar than I consumer in a week and feel ill for 3 hours after being starved the night before. I am, instead, doing two fasting glucose draws a few days apart- and a total blood sugar count after a meal. It's a pain to get into a lab first thing for the fasting draw, but I am just not going to drink that drink. If they offered my organic juice I might reconsider.
I have opted out of the test with my last two pregnancies, and will not do it this time either. It's a decision that I am very comfortable with.
I am so unhappy. I have a yeast infection that won't go away after 5 weeks so they're just assuming I'll fail the 1 hr and giving me the 3 hr fasting test next week. Any tips? I think it's ridiculous. I have none of the risk factors (normally at a healthy wt, good blood pressure, 30 yrs) just that I'm carrying twins would be the only higher risk. My only living child weighed just over 6 lbs at birth. Anyway, I'm frustrated that I have to go through a whole morning at the clinic undoubtedly feeling awful since I will have such low blood sugar from fasting and somehow have to tough it out all morning. Not trying to whine, I just wish there were something I could do to make me pass it easier. My NP said to eat a king sized candy bar every day for 3 days before. I guess I'll just bake brownies or something bc I'm not buying candy bars.