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My sister went in for an u/s the other day to find out the baby's sex. Before the u/s she drank a soda to get the baby moving around so she could get a good look at the genitals.<br><br>
While she was there, the Dr. decided to give her the glucose tolerance test. So she drank her glucola, waited an hr and then failed. She called me from the waiting room to tell me they are having a boy, and told me about the soda and the test. I told her to tell the nurse that she had drank a soda prior to the appt and I told her they would probably just test her again.<br><br>
The nurse or OB, told her, "drinking a soda prior to the test will have no bearings on the result of the test". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"> Yeah, okay.<br><br>
So I'm looking for some links to send to her, I haven't found much yet, but would appreciate some help.<br><br>
Thanks<br>
Amy
 

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I don't have links for you, but my midwives said that eating a high protein meal 2-3 hours before drinking glucola made the results more accurate, and to avoid anything too sweet (candy, soda) the day of the test.<br><br>
So if eating protein and avoiding sweets makes the test more accurate, then yes drinking soda shorly before the test will throw off the results--- afterall she just ingested more glucose then is needed for the test!
 

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I was told to fast the hour before the 1 hr GTT for both this & my prior PG. I think the nurse gave her bad info.<br><br>
She should try asking the doc again. I'd rather retake the 1 hr GTT vs. take the 3 hr GTT (which involves more blood draws!).
 

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My midwife said to fast from midnight the night before. They took a fasting blood sample, then I ate breakfast - she said to include some juice and some protein. Took a blood sample one hour after I finished breakfast.<br><br>
Everyone else I know was told to fast before the GTT, so I don't get why they think it would affect her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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Hmm...<br><br>
I've been pregnant twice and assisted in 3 different obstetrical offices in four years (we're a military family. I'm not a lousy worker who gets fired). GTT's were always done after fasting from the night before. Our GTT patients always came in first thing in the morning.
 

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Most research seems to say that GTTs are fairly pointless anyway with a very high rates of false positives. This then leads to a woman being classified as "high risk" and then to more interventions in labour and scare stories to force her into a c-sec. A random blood sugar test can tell you where your sugar is at that day and if you're concerned you can then take the GTT. I worry that the deprivation of food then the overdose of sugar could be detrimental to a woman and how great can it be for a foetus? The following are all sites with much more detailed info. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
J<br><br><a href="http://www.empoweredbirth.com" target="_blank">www.empoweredbirth.com</a><br><br><a href="http://www.hencigoer.com" target="_blank">www.hencigoer.com</a><br><br><a href="http://www.sheilakitzinger.com" target="_blank">www.sheilakitzinger.com</a><br><br><a href="http://www.radmid.demon.co.uk" target="_blank">www.radmid.demon.co.uk</a>
 

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I was told to fast with my first two but not with #3. I can't see how having a soda beforehand wouldn't make a difference. They are looking at her result and judging it based on how much glucose they believe she consumed. If she actually consumed twice as much then why wouldn't the result be off? The GTT is pointless anyway. Most who fail it pass the 3 hour and really it tells you nothing since you have to have another test. Even then I agree with the PP that a GD diagnosis for most women does not actually help with anything and instead subjects them to a lot of unnecessary stress and pressure to have other interventions.
 

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I have GD. I know that i have it from testing my blood sugars at home... not from drinking the glucola. Of course drinking a soda and then the glucola will send your blood sugar levels higher <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> . She should refuse to take the 3 hr test until they let her retake the 1 hour test. Or better yet, if her levels were between 140-160 (usually 140 is the cutoff for "passing" the 1 hr test), then she and her OB should be able to come to the conclusion that she does NOT have GD if her body could get her levels that low after a double dose of glucose. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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If her levels were extremely high, the additional sugar load would not account for it alone. Perhaps that is an explanation.
 

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Thanks mamas.<br><br>
It just totally blows my mind that the dr said a soda (which is full of white sugar, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup) would affect the test. I guess they haven't cracked open a medical book in the past 50 yrs since medical school <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"><br><br>
The thing is, my sister has a "my doctor is god" complex. So me telling her that it is BS is nothing, b/c *I* did not go to medical school.<br><br>
Her diet does suck, she doesn't understand what a whole grain is, and eats lots of white flour, white sugar and white starchy stuff, so maybe going to a nutritionist would do her a world of good. Again, since I didn't go to nutrition school, I have no idea what I'm talking about.<br><br>
Off to check out the links,<br>
Amy
 
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