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I'm coming up on the time where my mw's normally schedule a GD screening.<br><br>
Now it seems stupid as can be to me to starve a pregnant mama over night, fill her chock full o syrup, and then make her sit around doing nothing for hours before you check her levels.<br><br>
I'm sure they will really want to test me, as dd1 was 9lbs12oz, and I did not have GD with her. Dd2 was 9lbs9oz, and I didn't have to get tested.<br><br>
Please bombard me with your good links so I can arm and inform myself before I go in to inform my mw's that I will not be participating in such an unscientific hokey screening.<br><br>
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I got most of my info from viewing the various organizational stances on guideline.gov. I think the part that just stunned me the most was that the ACOG doesn't have a preference for the 130 or 140 cutoff.<br><br>
That being said, although I flat-out refused the GTT, I am fairly high risk so I'm checking my blood sugar at home. I did have to switch care providers since my original midwife practice nearly had a cow over this idea, but fortunately I found an OB who sees this course as eminently reasonable.
 

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I'm getting my test done this week. My app't is in the afternoon so, I asked about the whole fasting thing. My Dr. says they don't do that anymore.<br>
She said, maybe not to have a big lunch, but not to worry about not eating.<br><br>
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In the handbook my birth center gives out to mamas, it says you shouldn't eat anything between supper the night before, and the time you come in to do your test.<br><br>
I don't trust myself to be driving after not eating for 12 hours, much less feel inclined to drive half an hour to the bc, and then chug some nastiness and sit around the birth center for 3 frickin hours. C'mon!
 

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*Which* test is this for? In the US, the standard is to do a screening test, and then women who test over the cutoff get a second test for diagnosis.<br><br>
The first test, you just go in whenever, not fasting, no particular dietary requirements, and drink a 50g solution of Glucola within 5 minutes. An hour after you finish, they draw your blood once. Then you're done.<br><br>
If you test over 130 or 140 (depending on which number your care provider likes), you are referred for the "3-hour test" (which takes about 4 hours). For *that* one, you have to be fasting for 12 hours prior. They then draw your blood fasting, and give you a 100g Glucola solution. Again you have to drink it within a certain amount of time (I think they give you 7 minutes or something) and then you get your blood drawn 1, 2, and 3 hours later.<br><br>
In many European countries, instead of this two-tiered system, they do one test, where you go in fasting, get your blood drawn, then drink 75g of Glucola and get draws at 1 and 2 hours.<br><br>
So... confirm what test they're really sending you for. I've heard of practices skipping the 1-hour test for women who are overweight or otherwise perceived to be at special risk for GD, but it's not *that* common. I agree... one of the main reasons I skipped the screening test was because there was NO WAY I was going to do the diagnostic!
 

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Check out the info in this <a href="http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/Prenatal%20Testing/prenataltest-gdscreensummary.htm" target="_blank">link</a>. It's from a website directed at plus-size moms, but I'm not trying to imply anything about your size- the information is relevant to moms of all sizes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Also check out <a href="http://www.hencigoer.com" target="_blank">www.hencigoer.com</a> She has a few articles for it on her website that talk about the original trials that set up the whole GD theory, flaws in the evidence, etc.
 

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Here's another link:<br><br><a href="http://www.unhinderedliving.com/glucosetolerance.html" target="_blank">http://www.unhinderedliving.com/glucosetolerance.html</a>
 
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