Originally Posted by HerbLover
I don't have any proof, but a lady I know that puts out a newspaper just asked me to research glucose testing and increased outcomes of premature babies being born to mothers that took the test. Do we really know what is in that drink? I havent done any research yet, but apparently theres been numerous women having premies afterwards. Has this happened to any of you? Interesting theory, something to think about anyway.
The drink is no big deal. It is 50 grams of glucose. Like a soda. You'd get that many carbs- FASTER acting carbs- by eating a normal white flour bagel from Panera bread or something. Even those of us who try hard as heck to eat all naturally get those ingredients from some foods.
I think not having any proof of the above theory that there are more preemies for those who took this test is accurate. The only link there would be is if higher-risk women were tested more often, thereby establishing a PRE-existing link between any high-risk situations and having taken the test. Let's not be alarmist, here.
I think a risk of the test is pushing someone who has very borderline, almost-normal numbers to be in the "high risk" pregnancy group, with a higher risk of interventions, instead of letting them modify their diet and exercise and try again, which is the reasonable route. Some people, by refusing the test, will get themselves put in that group, which is something to consider. I've done everything I can to NOT be put in that group.
There really is nothing dangerous or mysterious about the drink itself. I think the big difference is between having you fast before it. We did NOT fast before it, and I think that makes a big difference. If I had to have a fasting test, I might ask to test my blood at home instead or to take the non-fasting test as a substitute. I'm a large-sized girl, AND I had PCOS before this pregancy, so they were just *watching me like a hawk* expecting me to have problems, I think. I ate normally before the two 1-hour GD tests I have (normally for me is a healthy-carbs, low GI diet, AND I exercise) and I never had a problem. I'll bet, however, if I were still following the low-fat vegitarian diet I used to be on a few years ago, I would have had problems.
I think knowing if you have GD is important. I don't think the test is worthless, but it should be done properly. Basically, eat normally until you drink the drink, and you'll get a somewhat accurate idea of how your blood sugar is doing. If you score really high, then that's at least useful info that you need to change your diet to be healthier for you and your baby, which is a good thing. It's worth asking, if you score high, to give you a couple of weeks to modify your diet and get serious about excercising, research what a low "glycemic index" diet is, and then re-trying.