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glucose testing options - info

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Just wanted to put this out there so others know, although I realize it's probably too late for most of this group!

 

It was suggested by my perinatologist that I consider either the standard glucose tolerance test OR monitor my daily blood glucose at home for a week to rule out gestational diabetes. I wasn't too thrilled with the glucose tolerance test for a number of reasons - the inconvenience of it taking hours, the discomfort of fasting and then drinking all that sugar which I knew would make me feel ill...

 

So I opted for the week of finger sticks at home (she asked for 4 times a day, fasting and after each meal). And here's two things I think everyone deserves to know but most of us will never be told!

 

1) If you are paying cash for whatever reason, it's cheap. I got everything I needed (the blood glucose monitor, lancets, and test strips) for $35 on Amazon. I don't know how much the glucose tolerance testing costs but I'm guessing it's going to be quite a bit more than this for multiple blood draws plus the lab testing.

2) It's not that hard and really doesn't hurt much at all... the lancets are small, and the monitor came with a device that will "launch" them for you so you don't see the needle or have to stick yourself per se, you just push a button.

 

For me, this was a great option, and I'm also very happy to say that so far my numbers have all been great! I love having choices.... this one wasn't offered to me in my first pregnancy, and I wish it had been.

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Agreed. This is what I have done the last 3 pregnancies. Much better (and more reliable) than the GTT IMO.

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