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post #41 of 84

katapolis - I'm like you, hadn't posted in this thread because I wanted to wait to see what my midwives said about it (if they brought it up, etc.)...

 

So... at my last appointment, they mentioned that they usually suggest doing it (the one hour test with either that orange or lemon/lime drink and eating a normal breakfast). So, like chispita, I'll be doing the test the same way... it will actually fall at the beginning of my 29th week as that's when my next appointment will be. I'm not sure what happens if it comes back that I have it:(

 

I was a little surprised that it's such a common test and they just figure it's better to know since it's apparently so simple to do. They weren't forceful about me taking it but said it's better to know because of the possible complications... I don't really feel like I'm a candidate for it... Diabetes doesn't really run in my family, well, my grandmother was diagnosed with it in her mid-70's (lived to be 87 by the way) but she was overweight her entire life (until around the time she was diagnosed actually and she lost a lot of weight then and kept it off). And, she didn't have to take insulin shots or anything, she just monitored it daily... Anyway, I'm not overweight (haven't ever had a weight problem) but I guess since I'm AMA, I'm not totally in the 'normal' camp either, so I agreed to take the test. I asked for the lemon-lime as the orange sounds awful from what some of you have said;P

 

I'm actually a little worried about it because I've been craving sweets like crazy over the last few weeks and have indulged occasionally but not any binging or anything, just a couple of cookies here and there or some ice cream. I've been pretty good at moderating myself (and my DH has helped to keep a close eye on my goodie intake as well). I actually bought a Twix bar a week ago and it's still on the shelf in the pantry, it will be eaten, but trying to show my restraint:D

 

I'm in my 26th week and I've gained 18 pounds since I first weighed myself on my home scale at 6 weeks or I've gained 22 pounds if you go by the scale at their office:( Maybe GD is more of a concern if you're planning a home birth...? I don't know, anyone know if that makes a difference?? Guess I should have asked but didn't really think about it at the time...

post #42 of 84

I'm going to do a food based test, instead of drinking the glucola drink.  If I hadn't asked, I think they would have just handed me the drink, but instead I got handed a food sheet.  I happy that it wasn't an issue.
 

post #43 of 84

Well, we did talk about the GD test at last apot bc the nurse handed me the little orange bottle & I said, I already monitor at home regularly, so I don't intend to drink corn syrup... but I'll ask the doctor. She agreed I should ask him, hahaha.

 

I showed him my #s from the past week & he said, well, they are all normal; you're doing great. I replied, right, then why should I drink corn syrup, again? He said, You understand, I have to test you. I said, you understand that drinking 50gm of straight sugar is bad for pregnant women & it's something I'd never do! I already started monitoring bc I felt bad one day & tested high-ish. (He'd already confirmed it wasn't dangerously high-- 165, just a result of a carby breakfast). I asked about the food option & he said, well your body metabolizes food differently from the glucola. I agreed that is why I wouldn't be drinking it! So, I agreed to accept the instructions & the bottle be "tested" next appt & he agreed to not ask whether I'd drunk the glucola or eaten the egg breakfast option... so why not just OFFER the food option? whatever, hahaha

post #44 of 84
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Well, we did talk about the GD test at last apot bc the nurse handed me the little orange bottle & I said, I already monitor at home regularly, so I don't intend to drink corn syrup... but I'll ask the doctor. She agreed I should ask him, hahaha.

 

I showed him my #s from the past week & he said, well, they are all normal; you're doing great. I replied, right, then why should I drink corn syrup, again? He said, You understand, I have to test you. I said, you understand that drinking 50gm of straight sugar is bad for pregnant women & it's something I'd never do! I already started monitoring bc I felt bad one day & tested high-ish. (He'd already confirmed it wasn't dangerously high-- 165, just a result of a carby breakfast). I asked about the food option & he said, well your body metabolizes food differently from the glucola. I agreed that is why I wouldn't be drinking it! So, I agreed to accept the instructions & the bottle be "tested" next appt & he agreed to not ask whether I'd drunk the glucola or eaten the egg breakfast option... so why not just OFFER the food option? whatever, hahaha


 Haha! Nice work advocating for yourself!!

post #45 of 84
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Well, we did talk about the GD test at last apot bc the nurse handed me the little orange bottle & I said, I already monitor at home regularly, so I don't intend to drink corn syrup... but I'll ask the doctor. She agreed I should ask him, hahaha.

 

I showed him my #s from the past week & he said, well, they are all normal; you're doing great. I replied, right, then why should I drink corn syrup, again? He said, You understand, I have to test you. I said, you understand that drinking 50gm of straight sugar is bad for pregnant women & it's something I'd never do! I already started monitoring bc I felt bad one day & tested high-ish. (He'd already confirmed it wasn't dangerously high-- 165, just a result of a carby breakfast). I asked about the food option & he said, well your body metabolizes food differently from the glucola. I agreed that is why I wouldn't be drinking it! So, I agreed to accept the instructions & the bottle be "tested" next appt & he agreed to not ask whether I'd drunk the glucola or eaten the egg breakfast option... so why not just OFFER the food option? whatever, hahaha

 

OMG what a bunch of hoops to jump through for that. i guess all's well that ends well! 

 

 

 

i took the 1-hour test today. this was actually the third diabetes test i've had this pregnancy. my previous OB was convinced since i am carrying twins and i am overweight, i am GOING to have diabetes - so they tested me at 18 weeks. i failed the 1-hour. they did the 3-hour. i passed all 4 checkpoints with flying colors. my new OB practice says the other OB tested far too early, so i had to take a third trimester 1-hour screen again--- which is fine. i expected as much. i was OK with the 1-hour but I was planning to refuse to take the 3-hour again.  i was 100% convinced i would fail since i failed the last one, but no, i did not. I passed it. i don't have diabetes and i don't have to test again for the rest of the pregnancy!! I did some Rocky-style fist pumping and ate a brownie to celebrate. 

post #46 of 84

My midwife would have actually been cool with me refusing the test, and I think she would have preferred home monitoring directly instead of the 1h - but the 1h, with real food, is easier for *me*.

 

I decided to do the testing because I am overweight, and even though I feel like I should be fine, it is bound to come up should I need to transfer for whatever reason (we're not finding out if my marginal placenta previa resolves till week 36, but if it doesn't that would be an automatic transfer). Also, even if it did come up with high numbers, I'm pretty sure I can improve my diet without too many problems (I eat pretty healthily, but eat carbs several times a day - I've done low carb diets before, and didn't find them too horrible, so if I need to I'll do it again).

post #47 of 84
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I asked about the food option & he said, well your body metabolizes food differently from the glucola.
...he agreed to not ask whether I'd drunk the glucola or eaten the egg breakfast option... so why not just OFFER the food option?

 

This to me REEKS of the issues that I mentioned in my earlier diatribe and links.  The medical community obviously KNOWS your body metabolizes real food differently than the glucola and I would venture to say that at least 97% of the mothers who find themselves pregnant don't eat the equivalent of a Snickers bar worth of straight up sugar for breakfast, so WHY ARE WE MAKING THIS GLUCOLA DRINK A STANDARD SCREEN?!

 

I also wish that healthcare providers would begin to refer to the 1-hour glucose test to what it is - A SCREEN.  It is not a test, and any stories where you "fail" the 1-hour SCREEN does NOT make ANY mom automatically positive for GD.  It merely means she is considered to be borderline or high risk and thus warrants the 3-hour TEST!   ONLY THE THREE HOUR GLUCOLA CHALLENGE IS CONSIDERED A TEST FOR GD!

 

I am sorry for the excessive capslock, but this subject just baffles me that the medical community knows what they're doing is screwy, but endorse it like scripture.

post #48 of 84
aidenn- I am right there with you! I get so frustrated with the medical community in general, for the exact reasons you stated. So much of what they do is simply because its what they've always done, or they feel the need to actively intervene rather than allowing things to progress on their own.

Grrrr.
post #49 of 84
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aidenn- I am right there with you! I get so frustrated with the medical community in general, for the exact reasons you stated. So much of what they do is simply because its what they've always done, or they feel the need to actively intervene rather than allowing things to progress on their own.

Grrrr.


Yes, exactly and it frustrates me to no end.  Grrrrrrrr...

 

I went in to my appt. today, ready for the fight, but I couldn't even believe that my CNM was not at all upset.  She told me of 4 options, 1 being the glucola crapola, 2 glucola crapola without the crapola?  Some, no color or preservatives substitue? 3. Brach's jelly beans and 4. concord grape juice. 

So, I am eating a healthy breakfast, drinking my grape juice whenever, then doing the blood test an hour later.  So happy.  Yay!

 

I was "let go" at my last, in hospital, midwife practice because I refused the glucola test.  I agree to test myself, do an alternative, etc. and they wouldn't have any of it.  irked.gif

post #50 of 84

Well I took the standard 1 hr glucola screen on Wed and the midwife said no news is good news. It's Friday past 5pm and I haven't heard anything so I'm assuming it's fine.

I didn't feel like fighting much over the test because I didn't think GD would be an issue for me. So I thought if they want me to drink a bunch of sugar water and that's the last I hear of it then fine.

post #51 of 84

TY for your support, mamas!

 

Yes, ITA that he **KNOWS** glucola is testing nothing like a real life situation, yet relies on this to tell him how I'll react to **FOOD** during the rest of the pregnancy!? I honestly don't think I'd do well on the glucola screen bc when I got a high reading at home, I'd had *granola* for breakfast! Not as much sugar & way more protein & complex carbs than glucola! So, I already know I have to eat well & include protein in every meal and snack, duh, bc I had a warning before any major incident.

 

So, I guess I am doing what many of you said re the 3 hour-- I am "diagnosing" myself as at risk & following the eating & exercise guidelines for GD as is rather than doing the glucola-- as long as I do this & don't drink CORN SYRUP on an empty stomach, I expect to do fine. C: (granted it was a commercially prepared granola w way more sugar than I'd normally eat, I didn't add a handful of almonds as I normally would, plus I ate a bite of cookie dough with it-- true confessions!)

 

Re my ob: he is one of those ppl who just must have the numbers-- if there is a little box on his forms that ask for my 1 hr screen #s he **MUST** fill it in. He falls just short of bullying in that I think he'd drop me if I out & out refused the screen, but he'll play don't ask don't tell all day long if he can in good conscience fill in the blank on his forms. ~shrug~ (in my area, this provider is far better than any alternative, but I hate choosing "lesser of 2 evils" re childbirth!)

post #52 of 84
I finally got my GD test (screening!) results - negative. I was actually at the low end of the range, which is awesome.

Honestly, the whole GD thing makes me alternate between giggling and pulling my hair out. The important thing is to PAY ATTENTION TO SYMPTOMS! If you have GD that will actually require treatment, chances are very high that you will have symptoms like any diabetic. I've known two women who developed GD to the extent that they needed insulin to control it - and both were slender, reasonably healthy women. But both had obvious symptoms and really didn't need this crazy unhealthy test to tell them that something wasn't right.
post #53 of 84

I took my test Thursday with my new midwife and they had jelly beans as one of the options so I did that. It felt stupid to do it but it didn't feel as silly as drinking some sugar drink to me. I may or *ahem* may not pig out on jelly beans once and awhile anyway. ;) ;) I think though that if I decide to have another child I'm gonna skip the test all together. The drink with my daughter made me feel TERRIBLE and the while the jelly beans were fine it just still seemed pointless. I think it'd be better to EDUCATE people on what to look for and if those people are look at the symptoms and thinking they may have GD then go from there. That makes sense to me but hey i'm just a pregnant lady, obviously I don't know anything logical right?! 

post #54 of 84
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Honestly, the whole GD thing makes me alternate between giggling and pulling my hair out. The important thing is to PAY ATTENTION TO SYMPTOMS! If you have GD that will actually require treatment, chances are very high that you will have symptoms like any diabetic. I've known two women who developed GD to the extent that they needed insulin to control it - and both were slender, reasonably healthy women. But both had obvious symptoms and really didn't need this crazy unhealthy test to tell them that something wasn't right.

 

I'm curious about this as mainstream groups say you might not ever show symptoms.  What are the symptoms you know of to pay attention to?

post #55 of 84
Here's the quick list of symptoms I found online:
•Extreme exhaustion
•Frequent urination
•Persistent oral thrush
•Blurry vision
•Increased thirst and hunger
•High blood pressure

The one that both of my friends mentioned though was sudden spikes and drops in blood sugar - resulting in dizziness, fainting, nausea, and rapid heart beat, sometimes feeling flushed. They both said it was particularly obvious after a high carb meal, or alternately if they had gone too long without eating. In both of their cases it was just glaring obvious (to them and anyone around them) that something was WRONG.

I'm sure more mild cases of GD could get by without obvious symptoms - but I really believe that if the GD is serious enough to require medical intervention, our body is going to tell us that something is up! Of course that's just my 2 cents smile.gif
post #56 of 84

LivingSky - thanks for the list. I'm really starting to reconsider drinking that crap and being 'tested' at my next appointment... I don't have any 'signs' nor do I feel I'm a candidate but at the same time I'd like to rule out the possibility of having it... My blood pressure is always on the lower side, which is normal for me... Maybe I'll ask about the jelly bean option instead, that drink is really starting to look like poison to me, blah! And, if our bodies really react differently to it than to other forms of sugar, what is the point? I stay away from high fructose corn syrup, refined white sugar and most unhealthy food for the most part (definitely cheat when eating out of course as it's hard to avoid naughty ingredients when you don't prepare it yourself). What to do, what to do??

post #57 of 84

I take the test Thursday. I eat a full good breakfast, 2 hours later drink the nasty orange drink and then and hour later test my blood. I have a few other blood tests that need to be done, so I figured might as well do it all. I don't have any symptoms, I am not overweight and I have only gained 12 lbs (I am 27 weeks), I am active BUT my birth family has a lot of people with diabetes. I know that for them it is lifestyle, but still, I will feel better knowing that all is OK and I am not harming my baby because I *think* I am fine.

post #58 of 84
I had an appt this morning and the NP offered the GD screen. I said I would prefer to decline it, as I eat a diabetic friendly diet anyhow, and sugar has always made me ill. She had no problem with it, but we drew blood to check my iron and vitamin d levels, so she's just going to check my blood sugar to see if there's any cause for concern, "since we're drawing blood anyway".

I'm ok with that because I don't have to drink or eat anything carby that I wouldn't ordinarily, and I doubt there will be any issues anyway.
post #59 of 84
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I took my 1 hour GD test this morning. BLECH, that orange drink is as bad as I remember it being. Almost threw it up and I have a pretty strong stomach! Here's hoping the results come back clean, as I don't intend to do the 3 hour test and I'd rather avoid a fight with my doc smile.gif

I too have that orange drink sitting in my fridge for next week. Never had it but it looks scary enough.
To me the whole thing was presented as a standard procedure, so I didn't refuse although I'm pretty damn sure I don't have GD. I'll just get it over with next Monday.
post #60 of 84
I tracked my sugars for a week, since I have 5 different risk factors and didn't want to do the other tests. The result was that I do have diabetes. I had no symptoms, but the blood sugars make it totally clear that i do actually have it. I just started on insulin this morning.

The thing I am struggling to figure out for myself is whether to follow the prescribed diabetic diet or to eat lower carb. When nonpregnant, I eat a low to moderate carb diet (basically little sugar and white flour, and limited grains, potatoes, and fruit) but now having reviewed a week of my log they want me to increase both calories and carbs quite a bit. (I was obese to start and am overall down 16lbs this pregnancy, but my still-obese weight has held steady for about 10 weeks.) I have not been trying to restrict calories at all (the opposite, really) but have truly been less hungry, had more food aversions, and felt full faster than usual.
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