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I want to discuss gestational diabetes testing with my midwife at my appointment this week because I believe the plan is to test at the following appointment. There is no way I'll do the glucola, but I am looking for more information.
 

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I don't know anything about the test, but I was hoping you or someone could help me understand why the glucose screening is so controversial. I just have no idea.
 

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oh gosh, there have been tons of discussions about this here on MDC. If anyone has time, why don't you do a search & post a link to a helpful thread?<br><br>
I will be, but I have a family history of diabetes & I pushed out a 10lb baby last time (though my GD test was negative & her height & weight has more to do w/ my dh bring 6'4" & being a 10lb baby himself).<br><br>
My midwives had me eat jelly beans last time. This time I'll be testing @ my OB's office & I'm not sure if they'll be as open to a Glucola alternative <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Yes, it gets discussed ad nauseum on the "I'm pregnant" board, with very vehemently vocal people on both sides. I personally like what Henci Goer has to say about it <a href="http://parenting.ivillage.com/pregnancy/pcomplications/0,,9z3m,00.html" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/gdhgoer.html" target="_blank">here.</a> And both of those links have other info on it as well.<br>
If I take the test, which I'm still debating how much I care about the CYA factor that I know is the main reason why it's being pushed for me personally, then I will do it with orange juice instead of that nasty glucose drink.
 

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I ktend to agree with Henci Goer myself.<br><br>
However, if you MUST have it done, you can drink a single serrving bottle of grape juice instead <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 declined the GTT with DD, my midwife didn't have a problem with it. This time the local military hospital (who is NOT my prenatal care provider, I'm paying out of pocket for a homebirth midwife) called to push that test on me since DD was 10 lbs.<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I ktend to agree with Henci Goer myself.<br>
However, if you MUST have it done, you can drink a single serrving bottle of grape juice instead <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Where can I read more about this?
 

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I took the test last week, as my mother had GD with me, which never went away, I might add. She had diabetes until the end of her life. BUT she was hypoglcyemic and obese when she became pregnant, so she had those risk factors anyway.<br><br>
I'm not obese though I am overweight. My DH is hypoglycemic, as is his mother. I kind of wanted to prove I could process blood sugar just fine, and I can. But I can see not wanting to take the test--I didn't really want to either, but I figure there are worse things.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Where can I read more about this?</div>
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What specifically?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I kind of wanted to prove I could process blood sugar just fine, and I can.</div>
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sounds like you & I have a lot in common on this subject <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I was told that this time I am not allowed to decline by my midwives. My dad, grandma and mother all have diabetes and I had a 10 lb baby with a 120 lb weight gain last time. I passed last time, but I also had undiagnosed graves disease which could have just metabolized the sugars for me.
 

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I have to take the test on Friday. I'm trying not to stress out but I think the stress is affecting my blood sugar levels when I check at home. I keep telling myself that it's not my fault that I might have GD but I feel like crap just the same. I wish this week was over already-- I'd like to know if I really have a problem but at the same time I just wish it would all go away (and it's not).
 

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You're right. Don't stress. It's really not the chamber of horrors like some stories you hear.<br><br>
I've taken both the one-hour screening test and the three-hour diagnostic test more times than I can count. It was part of my infertility diagnostic workup, and actually led to the final diagnosis. I've even been known to request a test be ordered just to check that my medication is still doing it's job.<br><br>
Just keep in mind, a positive screen does NOT mean you have GD, it just means you need the 3-hour diagnostic test (just like the ultrasound markers for Down Syndrome does not mean the baby actually has Down's).<br><br>
And even if you end up with a GD diagnosis, it's a medical condition, not a moral failing. There's no "fault" involved, it's just biology.<br><br>
HTH<br>
KC
 
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