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Old 09-01-2011, 11:35 AM
 
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It seems pretty insane to put ANYONE through that test!  I know that a "healthy" person ought to be able to take any amount of sugar and regulate it, but it seems so unfair to put the body through a 12 hour fast and give you a straight shot of 100grams of sugar and expect you to pass?!  That seems as though they are pretty much setting you up to fail...it's also difficult because GD can show up so late OR so early in pregnancy.  It seems like if it is such a concern there ought to be a better way to test.  Not to mention, if you had a "normal" meal and had borderline numbers but don't generally have much of a sweet tooth (or a carb-heavy-tooth) it seems biased to force you to consume WAY more sugar than you would ever consume in even a normal DAY in a period of 5 mins and say, "Oh, look, you have GD!" because if you normally are fairly conscious of your diet you aren't going to spike your blood sugar as high as they just did, right?   I don't know....I know that it can cause more serious problems in some people/babies, and sometimes it can be very difficult to regulate, and I'm not disputing that, but sometimes it just seems like another thing for us pregnant ladies to stress about!

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Old 09-01-2011, 11:52 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I totally agree.  I wish the standard test was different... There are definitely better options.  Still, I'd never recommend that a mother refuse the test because there may be no symptoms and no risk factors, but undiagnosed and uncontrolled GD is very, very serious.  Not to mention that the risk of having it is fairly high compared to something like GBS where babies don't really get sick from it.
 

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It seems pretty insane to put ANYONE through that test!  I know that a "healthy" person ought to be able to take any amount of sugar and regulate it, but it seems so unfair to put the body through a 12 hour fast and give you a straight shot of 100grams of sugar and expect you to pass?!  That seems as though they are pretty much setting you up to fail...it's also difficult because GD can show up so late OR so early in pregnancy.  It seems like if it is such a concern there ought to be a better way to test.  Not to mention, if you had a "normal" meal and had borderline numbers but don't generally have much of a sweet tooth (or a carb-heavy-tooth) it seems biased to force you to consume WAY more sugar than you would ever consume in even a normal DAY in a period of 5 mins and say, "Oh, look, you have GD!" because if you normally are fairly conscious of your diet you aren't going to spike your blood sugar as high as they just did, right?   I don't know....I know that it can cause more serious problems in some people/babies, and sometimes it can be very difficult to regulate, and I'm not disputing that, but sometimes it just seems like another thing for us pregnant ladies to stress about!



 

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