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And was very surprised!<br><br>
I went in yesterday for the Glucola 1-hour test, guzzled 10 oz of horrible orange drink and had a vial of blood drawn at the 1-hr mark.<br><br>
The lab tech called me today and told me that my level was 165, and anything over 140 was considered "failing", so now I have to take the 3-hour test.<br><br>
I would say I'm surprised---I've had three children and NEVER any gestational diabetes indicators--but I'm not. I've wondered repeatedly through this pregnancy if my headaches and general feelings of crumminess weren't somehow related to my blood sugar, even though I've never had any problems before.<br><br>
Anyway, I'm not particularly freaking out. Most of me thinks that after the 3-hour test, I'll be cleared...but I don't even know where to begin looking if I actually come back with a positive diagnosis again.
 

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I had the 1 hr test done on Tuesday, No results yet. Sorry to hear your results weren't better! Hope the 2nd one goes better, when are you suppose to get it done?
 

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I actually refused my test yesterday. Doc was angry, but I have read way to much about the inaccuracy of the tests and the false positives. I plan to go buy my own glucose meter and keep a check on it myself.
 

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bleah, all that nasty orange drink suffered thru, and now you gotta do the 3-hr! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br><br>
i did that test with my first pg and failed it (nobody told me not to EAT beforehand!)--and i have a fairly decent-sized fear of needles, so I was *really* upset about the 3-hr! Oddly enough, I don't even remember them giving me the one hour with the 2nd pg tho... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> (mama-memory loss, probably <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)<br><br>
I am just focusing on eating good this time, not overdoing the candy and soda so I should be good.
 

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As I mentioned it the other thread today, I KNOW I have trouble with my blood sugar, but I would also probably pass the GTT. If not the one hour then the three hour for sure. But eating stuff that has that many carbs in it makes me feel CRUMMY. I also refused the test. I find it much better to simply treat myself as if I had been diagnosed by controlling diet, etc. My midwife was happy that I was aware of how my body was processing sugars and said it was an optional test, to let her know if I changed my mind and wanted to take it. She said the only reason she would recommend that I do it is if I were doing a hospital birth to fend off questions from the OB on call.
 

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Can I ask what you ate before the test? I have heard that it is best to eat no carbs before the test... like have egg and veggie omelette for breakfast. No fruit, juice,bread, soda, etc.
 

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<span style="color:#0000FF;">I took the test also on Monday. I haven't gotten my results back yet. I actually don't mind the orange crush drink. To me it was just like drinking a pop. THe nurse told me to eat a good hearty meal before I took the test, so I had sausages and eggs abd toast with almond butter and some salad and an avacado and then I went in. I think it really helped to absorb the sugars. I hope you do well ont he 3 hour test. You have to fast 12 hours for that one. Try to eat high proteins foods a couple days before if you can. Good luck! :0)</span>
 

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i failed the one hour i took last week and took the three hour on monday and passed no problem. 160 isn't a terrible score - it's just a little elevated. mine was 155. i spoke with my mom who is diabetic and she said a normal elevated level for her would be in the 180's-190's and that one time she even hit 300. so, your score, while elevated, is not horrendous. i will be keeping my fingers crossed that you pass your 3 hour, but i bet you do!<br><br>
on a side note, i was sick the entire week before and was eating horribly (like grabbing slices of bread so as not to have to cook) and not exercising. i suspect that was a contributing factor to my failed test. could any of that apply to you?
 

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Oh, man, I've been so sick for the past 2 weeks with a horrible cold and I know that my diet has suffered from it.<br><br>
I didn't eat anything before the test though...I was told not to eat after midnight before the test and then I drank the orange stuff at 9:00 a.m. and had my blood drawn at 10:00 a.m.<br><br>
I go for the 3-hour test on Monday at 8:00 a.m., so I've got a few days before I have to do it all over again, and I'm not too freaked by needles, so I'm not worried about the actual process...just don't want there to be anything wrong.
 

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I didn't think it was so bad to drink it, either. It tasted like orange Crush, and I downed it in about four swigs. I had a regular breakfast in the a.m., amaranth flakes (low sugar content in those) with milk and a cup of tea with a teaspoon of sugar. My midwife told me to have eggs for breakfast, but they sounded really repulsive. (Not an egg person first thing in the morning.)<br><br>
My appt. was at noon, so I had my blood drawn about 12:45. Around 1 p.m. I ate some cashews I had brought with me to the MW's office since I was starting to feel a little funny (lightheaded) and I hadn't had lunch yet. The cashews made me feel a lot better.<br><br>
I was pretty worried about the test, given all the talk about it on various message boards. I ate a ton of sugar (ice cream, candy) the night before (I couldn't help myself), so I was sure I had sabotaged a good result, but I passed the test.<br><br><br>
Just one more soon-to-be mama's experience!
 

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I had it a few weeks ago & passed with a 117. This is what I did, ate high protien for dinner the night before. For breakfast 2 boiled eggs 1/2 hr before test. With whole wheat toast. Drank the yucky stuff & then I walked around the block twice before the hour was up. This was all on advice from my midwife. I was surprised I tested so low. Good Luck to all!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I had it a few weeks ago & passed with a 117. This is what I did, ate high protien for dinner the night before. For breakfast 2 boiled eggs 1/2 hr before test. With whole wheat toast. Drank the yucky stuff & then I walked around the block twice before the hour was up. This was all on advice from my midwife. I was surprised I tested so low. Good Luck to all!!!</div>
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Thanks for the input.<br><br>
I will definitely pay attention to what I eat on Sunday night...I know I didn't the night before this test, and I think I may have even eaten a bowl of cereal around 1:00 a.m.!!! Yes, horrible, I know, especially considering that it was freaking Cap'N Crunch...
 

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Just a couple of comments from someone who doesn't have to take the GTT test because of pre-existing diabetes (oh, there is always a silver lining <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )...<br><br>
It really doesn't matter that much what you eat before the test. Seriously; if you don't have a problem processing glucose, then you can eat pretty much any quantity of carbohydrate, even on an empty stomach, and you won't see your numbers rise much beyond the cutoff level. If you're having a problem, then the numbers will rise, sometimes quite a bit. I think eating a good protein meal before the test is a good idea, though, because having that protein in your stomach will make it less likely that you will feel sick and grody afterward.<br><br>
I personally find that going for a brisk walk after eating will drop my blood glucose numbers by 20 points or more. Exercise, for me, always helps bring my blood sugar down. But unless I were going to go on a brisk walk after every single meal, I'd personally be reluctant to do it during the test, because if I was having a genuine problem I would want to know. But that's just me.<br><br>
Also, regarding what numbers are considered high and what aren't: the standards for control of diabetes during pregnancy are a lot tighter (i.e. lower) than the standards for diabetics who aren't pregnant, just because achieving normal blood sugar levels is so much more critical for pregnant women than for non-pregnant people. It doesn't take numbers that are much higher than normal before your risk for certain complications starts to rise. So that's why, for example, my grandma's doctor tells her that seeing 160 after meals is fine, but my doctors want me at 140 or below (preferably 120).<br><br>
Anyway, just throwing some info out there! Take it or leave it as you desire. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I'm not taking the test with the drink or anything, but midwife will be checking my blood sugar at my appointment tomorrow. I'm just going to eat my normal breakfast about 1hr before she gets here.<br><br>
I can't imagine having sugar after fasting. It would make me feel really gross.<br><br>
If the situation was different I might consider refusing all together (since I don't quite believe in the GD paradigm anyway) but since diabetes runs in the family and I was overweight before getting pregnant I am curious about my numbers. My midwife left it entirely up to me.
 

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Personally, with a family history I'd probably do it. I had undiagnosed type 2 prior to pregnancy and if I hadn't done the GD test, I never would have found out, and it most probably would have had fairly dire consequences for both my health and my baby's. For people with zero risk factors... I don't know, that's a tough one. But if you have risk factors I'd probably take the test, just for peace of mind. But as always, that's just my personal opinion, your mileage may vary. etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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i was going to suggest walking too.<br><br>
i took the test with DD#1, failed the one hour and passed the three.<br>
took the test with DD#2, but chased DD#1 around the building for the full hour, passed with flying colors.<br><br>
denied it with DD#3, and i'll deny it again this time.<br><br>
but don't sit there for the hour. WALK!! bring a child and chase them around the hallways <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> MOVE.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I will definitely pay attention to what I eat on Sunday night...I know I didn't the night before this test, and I think I may have even eaten a bowl of cereal around 1:00 a.m.!!! Yes, horrible, I know, especially considering that it was freaking <b>Cap'N Crunch</b>...</div>
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That could have affected the results.<br><br>
Be mindful of what you eat the evening before you do the longer test (which, I assume, is what you will be doing next).<br><br>
Just eat a healthy dinner, if you need a snack later make it a healthy one, too.<br><br>
If you still fail, you'll get through it.<br>
My girlfriend had GD with her first child and managed it well.<br>
(She had no problem with her 2nd or 3rd pregnancies...go figure)
 

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I failed my too. When I was pregnant with my third child I remember my test was 139 so no three hour. With my fourth it was 142...so of course I had to take the 3 hour. This time it was 149 and I have to do the 3 hour again. I really don't want to do it. I could see if it was really high but it's just barely over and I think it's a waste of time. Not to mention the whole fasting issue...hello I'm 5 1/2 months PG and I'm suppose to not eat...nice!!!<br><br>
Take care, Pam
 

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just took my test today...how long before they have results? i didn't even think to ask <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 
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