Tips on passing the one-hour?
My docs want to test me early and often, so sometime in the next couple of weeks I need to go in for the one-hour GTT. I was smart enough to check before I left my appt, and I do NOT need to be fasting. That'll help me not pass out. I have fought so hard over the years to avoid this test, after getting super sick from it with my daughter. So, here I am, 11 years later, consenting to it. Weird.
Let me say that I am not trying to trick the test... I don't want a false pass. However, I just... I dunno. Yes, I have glucose issues. I am clearly insulin resistant. My fasting sugars are generally around 105 these days. Which, if I weren't pregnant, wouldn't lead to any medical intervention at all. But, if I get a number that high on this test, I'll be labeled... but what? Will they say that it was pre-existing diabetes? Because clearly it is not. 120 is required for diabetes. But it's also clearly not gestational diabetes, as I'm only 9 weeks pregnant, so it's not placental hormones causing this.
Either way my risk rating climbs through the roof. Not that it matters... not trying for a homebirth.
I'm just trying to make sense of it.
Anyway, I've heard that a bit of carb-loading in the days before the test helps to "prime the pump." Do I have that right?
I know that fasting sugars of 105 are not considered good during pregnancy, but they were about that high during my pg with my second son, and he turned out fine. Big, but fine. I just... have a hard time accepting a disease label and all the fear attached when my experience has been that it's not a problem.
For what it's worth, IF I remember right, and that's a big fat IF, I scored a 151 on my one-hour with my firstborn. Fail. My CNM apparently didn't know that was too high (why even test, then??) and said everything was fine. My daughter was 8 pounds, 5 ounces, but born under stress (passed meconium) and whisked off for lung suction and all sorts of things. I didn't even get to touch her until she was 12 hours old, and breastfeeding was rocky. Shockingly,
her blood sugar did nosedive on her 3rd or 4th day. That's supposed to be one of the biggest risks from a diabetic pregnancy, but I don't see how it was caused by my blood sugars. I think it was caused by all the stress and needles and separation. Mama-related hypoglycemia in the baby would happen pretty soon after birth, wouldn't it?
I don't know what the point is with trying to make sense of this... if my team of doctors don't agree with logic, it's pretty much moot.
I have thought about asking for metformin or glyburide, though, as those actually help a body use the insulin it already has. Makes more sense than injecting even more insulin. I'm sure I've get plenty of insulin.