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<p>I had very good numbers with my first two pregnancies when they did the 1-hour screening (in the 90s).  However, I am overweight this time and of course a few years older.  BUT--when I had gained weight rather quickly in my second pregnancy early on, my doctor mentioned the possibility of testing early for GD.  It kind of freaked me out, so I bought a glucometer and started testing myself (in the morning "fasting", 1 hour after a meal, etc.) periodically.  My numbers were always good, never even borderline high.  In hindsight, it seems like it was kind of silly to do the 1-hour screening when I was already monitoring my levels.  I thought about doing the same thing (monitoring early on... like starting soon) this pregnancy since I AM overweight this time.  Do you think, if I do this and my numbers are normal, my midwife will be happy with that and not encourage the glucose screening??  I know I can refuse it, but just curious if this is sufficient and just as good as (if not better than) the 1-hour glucose screening.</p>
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<p>I would think that testing over several days with a glucometer would be far more accurate than a 1 hr screen (I read that somewhere as well) but it depends on if you are with a hb midwife or midwife that is part of a practice.  I had my last DD as a hb and I find that hb midwives are more into what is hard facts than what is a CYA for the practice and liability purposes.</p>
 

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<p>By the way, when is the glucose test usually done?  I'll do it because my doctor hasn't asked for much and I always gain a lot of weight and always have big babies (10lb+.)  I've never had any problems though.  I'm just wondering when it's usually done.  My maternity insurance doesn't kick in until I'm about 23 weeks along. I hope it can wait until after that. </p>
 

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By the way, when is the glucose test usually done?  I'll do it because my doctor hasn't asked for much and I always gain a lot of weight and always have big babies (10lb+.)  I've never had any problems though.  I'm just wondering when it's usually done.  My maternity insurance doesn't kick in until I'm about 23 weeks along. I hope it can wait until after that. </p>
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I think it's typically done at 28weeks.<br><br>
I agree that testing over several days with a glucometer would be way more accurate. There was recently a link or two on this topic on the I'm Pregnant section. You should check it out.
 

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<p>imho, refuse it. So many false positives, so much unnecessary crap. Watch your body, listen to your body, eat right and monitor yourself... you sound like you're on top of it. :)</p>
 
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