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I'm posting this for a friend <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
She had the gastric bypass surgery and it will be very icky for her to take the blood sugar test. For her to drink all of that will make her sick. Is there any way for her to avoid doing it? Is there any other test she can take? What are the risks of her avoiding the test and ending up having GD?<br><br>
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Of course it can be declined. Do a search for Henci Goer and GD. There is a lot of debate about whether it's a condition at all.<br><br>
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She could simply test her urine sugar levels. If there's nothing in the urine, there is no need to take more intense tests. I was actually told this by my mother's diabetes clinic. Sugar had shown up in my urine, and my mother was really insistent that I get tested for gestational diabetes, but the clinic said the levels weren't high enough to be a threat and that I should just alter my diet and keep an eye on the urine levels. If they passed a certain point, I could come in for further testing.<br><br>
Having GD and not doing anything about it puts a stress on the baby's kidneys and causes the baby to store your extra sugar as body fat, so it is not a bad thing to check for. My midwife said the typical side effect is babies born very large with lots of body fat and the potential for health problems.<br><br>
I hae been able to regulate my blood sugar during my pregnancy strictly with diet changes.
 

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My midwife is having me do an alternative to that nasty, super sweet drink. She's given me directions for increasing my complex carb load in the few days before she tests me, while simultaneously reducing my intake of simple/refined carbs. Then I have to fast for 12 hours, and she's going to come over and take a sample of my blood. I will immediately chow down on a breakfast consisting of at least 75 grams of carbohydrates (she's given me a list with suggested combinations, and it all looks like healthy stuff that I can eat together). Then we'll wait two hours and she'll take another sample of my blood and compare the two.<br><br>
She feels this "test" is more accurate, realistic, and a lot less harmful. Maybe your friend can pursue something like this.
 

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15 jelly beans can replace the drink--I did that wiht Ella. Wiht Trentn I skipped every test but an US ONLY because I wanted to know the sex after having 5 girls, LOL
 

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I don't know what the risks are, but this is #3 for me and I've never had to take that test. My mw only ever tested my urine.<br>
If your friend has had a gastric bypass surgery maybe she's already pretty vigilant nutritionally, it's possible she could work something out.<br>
Like the pp said, there are other ways of raising one's sugar other than that drink also.
 

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She can decline any test, I never did it with my third baby.
 

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I didnt take it this time. I did buy my own monitor though and periodically check it myself. I got it new on ebay for really cheap.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My midwife is having me do an alternative to that nasty, super sweet drink. She's given me directions for increasing my complex carb load in the few days before she tests me, while simultaneously reducing my intake of simple/refined carbs. Then I have to fast for 12 hours, and she's going to come over and take a sample of my blood. I will immediately chow down on a breakfast consisting of at least 75 grams of carbohydrates (she's given me a list with suggested combinations, and it all looks like healthy stuff that I can eat together). Then we'll wait two hours and she'll take another sample of my blood and compare the two.<br><br>
She feels this "test" is more accurate, realistic, and a lot less harmful. Maybe your friend can pursue something like this.</div>
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I did something like this, only my MW sent me home with a glucometer and I did the testing myself. Both numbers were great even though I have "risk factors" - being overweight with a history of a big baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">
 
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