Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Northampton, MA
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I failed the one-hour test in my last pregnancy, and took the 3-hour test. I honestly didn't think it was that bad, but I don't mind having my blood taken. I passed the 3-hour test just fine, so I was glad I did it. I think it would be good to know one way or the other since GD can cause complications for the baby, and more importantly could cause your care giver(s) to treat you differently near the time of the birth.
If you decide to just assume that you have GD and adjust your diet, etc., you may get pressure not to go "post-dates" at all for fear of a big baby, and your baby may have to have his/her blood sugar tested at birth, etc. Whereas, 90% of people who fail the one-hour test pass the 3-hour, so there's a good chance you DON'T have GD, and all of those precautions would be unecessary.
I personally also think that 3-hours of waiting around/blood tests/hunger is far preferrable to 2+ months of worrying about sugar/carb. intake and fighting with caregivers about the size of the baby, etc.
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 11) in a small house with a lot of love.