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<p>I would love to hear the stories of how you dealt with your glucose testing and the nasty liquid you have to drink.</p>
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<p>They supposedly tell you it tastes like an orange smoothie - which I know is crap.  If it's the same stuff they use for CT scans (I have had one before, and I had to drink two large bottles of it in under 30 minutes), then I know exactly what the stuff is, and it tastes HORRIBLE!!!!!</p>
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<p>This time, whatever size they give you, should be downed in 5 minutes.  Oh, joy.  I go for mine in Thursday.  I'll post again afterwards!</p>
 

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<p>Last time I did the 1 hour test with the glucola drink.  It was disgusting, but I somehow managed to keep it down and passed with a 67 (but when I grew a big baby they claimed that they had missed GD and talked me into a cesarean).  I had a friend who couldn't keep it down and had to try a couple of times to get her test done.  I made sure I brought a snack with me for afterwards, blood sugar imbalances make me shakey and nauseated.</p>
<p>This time I am using homebirth midwives for my prenatal care (and hopfully birth, have to work some things out because I am a VBAC) and the test was much better.  I fasted after midnight.  Then I had a specific breakfast to eat (2 eggs, 2 pieces whole wheat toast with 1 tablespoon butter, 8 oz oj and 8 oz milk) and finish by 8:15 then I went in and got my blood sugar tested at 9:15 by the midwives.  I had a 108 this time.  This was a much better experience.</p>
 

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<p>I had mine two weeks ago, and I'll find out if I passed or failed at my next appointment tomorrow.</p>
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<p>The orange drink is pretty gross, but compared to what I'd heard about it, wasn't too bad. My midwife tried to convince me that it was like orange soda. Not exactly. </p>
 

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<p>I just took mine two weeks ago and passed.  The drink wasn't as bad as I had heard, but it did take me about ten minutes or so to drink it.  About an hour after my appt I did feel very weak and shaky and had to eat to balance myself back out, so bringing a snack is a great suggestion.  Overall, it wasn't as horrible as I had anticipated, but usually when I think things are going to be awful they don't seem nearly as bad as I had imagined lol.  To me the drink tasted like some kind of orange flavored kid's kool aid or something like that. </p>
 

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<p>Just did mine today!  </p>
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<p>Last pregnancy I had to fast before hand and this time I did not - so I was very happy about that.  I did make sure my breakfast was very low-carb, low-sugar though.</p>
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<p>I don't find the drink totally horrible.  I guess like a super strong Kool Aid or something. I can drink it in a matter of a couple minutes with no problem.  I will know results in a couple days.</p>
 

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<p>I did the same breakfast as Turtlewomyn and passed with no problem.  Hooray for no glucola! :)</p>
 

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<p>I had fruit punch flavor and it was SUPER cold. Not bad at all to drink. I'm assuming I passed because I took it weeks ago and no word. Last time my number was 77 so I passed with flying colors.</p>
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<p>Ok, totally jealous.  Everyone on here passed with flying colors?  Alas! </p>
<p>I ended up failing the first one and I just had my second on Sunday so we'll find out tomorrow at the MW if I'm good to go or not.  Granted, my fasting was really wicked so here's hoping.</p>
<p>Had to drink the orange goo...ick.  I wish I could have just had a normal meal like some of you!  Also, the whole guzzling thing in 5 minutes is not so much fun...it's a really big glass!!!</p>
<p>Good luck to anyone going in this week!</p>
 

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<p>I was told that I didn't have to fast or anything.  My normal breakfast is 3 scrambled eggs, 2 pieces of toast with margarine, and a glass of several choices - milk, crangrape juice, cranpomegranate juice, orange juice, apple juice, or whatever else I have on hand.  Usually, not long after, I end up with a bowl of cereal, too.  Rice Krispies in my pantry this week ftw!</p>
 

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<p>I don't know what my number was, but I passed too.  No fasting, but I just ate my regular eggs for breakfast and no carbs.  I had the option of the orange drink or a measured amount of jelly beans (pre-measured in a urine sample cup...ugh) .  I went with the jelly beans, as I did with my daughter, so I have only my imagination on the horrors of the drink.</p>
 

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<p>I took it about a month ago now and passed although they didn't tell me the number.  Last time I did not have to fast and this time they had me fast after 9 the night before.  I was allowed to eat hard boiled eggs if I wanted in the morning but I didn't end up eating anything.  The drink is like a really really sweet orange soda.  Make sure it is cold!  It wasn't terrrible, but not easy to drink in 5 minutes as it has that harsh after taste.  Good luck to those of you with tests coming up!</p>
 

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<p>Looks like I passed, nurse just called.  I did not ask the number.    My iron is low though... </p>
 

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<p>I just had a midwife appointment today and I passed my glucose test! Yay. :) She said that my iron was not too bad but a bit below average...when she told me the actual number (11.4) I was really happy. My hemoglobin was 9 with my first pregnancy and 10 with my second, so this is a good improvement. I'll still do some things to boost my iron, though.</p>
 

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<p>I took my glucose test Fri. I found out today that I passed. I had two eggs for breakfast and coffee (I know - but MW said a little is ok) w/milk. My iron has actually gone down, a bummer, as I have been taking the supplements. My hematocrit (sp.?) was 30. Now I am trying yellowdock.</p>
 

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<p>Tasted like Orange soda that had gone a bit flat, aftertaste was bitter, easy to guzzle down, and there was an option, even for fruit punch flavor.</p>
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<p>I go back tomorrow for the RH factor shot thing and another thing of blood to be taken to even check if my body is making antibodies.</p>
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<p>No nausea, no weakness, I ate PLENTY before the test, and it really wasn't all that bad.  Just a terrible aftertaste, which again - I've had worse aftertastes.</p>
 

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<p>I did mine at home with my midwife.  She uses 10 oz. grape juice instead of the glucose solution and gives you the results within about 30 seconds of the finger stick (an hour after you drink the juice). I got a 104, and her cutoff for further testing is 140.</p>
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<p>I wasn't asked to fast before the test.  I had peanut butter on whole-grain toast with milk for breakfast, then a turkey burger with cheese (no bun) for lunch.  I didn't eat for about an hour and a half before the test.</p>
 

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<p>I took mine a few weeks before Christmas.  I was debating whether to take it, but figured the more info the better.  Welllllllll, the receptionist told me to sit and wait until called after taking the drink, and I even went up right after and said "I'm done the drink, in case you need to know!" and she nodded.  But an hour and a half passed and although they hadn't mentioned how long I needed to sit, I had heard friends talking about "one hour test", so I went to the front and asked when I was supposed to be tested.  After much confusion, she realized that the receptionist had forgotten to set the timer.  URGHHHHH!  They said "We will take your blood and mention it to the lab.  You will probably have to be tested again though, but we will leave that up to your doctor" (I'm with midwives actually.)  Anyhow, I was so irritated after having to arrange a babysitter and spending all that time.  I definitely have a sweet tooth (and the drink almost tasted yummy at first, lol) but I rarely drink sugary pop stuff, and never sugar on an empty stomach.  Anyhow, when I had my next appointment with my midwives, she said she was happy with the number.  WOOHOO!  No more sugar tests! :D</p>
<p>My iron was low though and my midwife said I could not have a homebirth if we don't bring up the count, so I have been faithfully taking Floravit, and Chlorella as well!</p>
 

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Oh wow that's frustrating orange!!<br><br><br>
Well... crap. My midwife just did a random blood glucose and some other marker, and the glucose came back high and the marker borderline. So I guess I'll be doing the test after all. <img alt="greensad.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif">
 

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<p>Changingseasons, that sucks.  I hope you pass it!</p>
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<p>Orange_mommy, that sounds like something that would happen to me! </p>
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<p>I remember failing the 1-hour when I was pregnant w/DS, fasting for the 3-hour, and then having to go to four different labs all over L.A. in morning rushhour traffic (and parking) to find a lab that would do it that day (I didn't want to take another half-day off of work).  I had been fasting for a gazillion hours by the time I drank the glucola, and I was sure I would fail.  I wound up passing, but I got a parking ticket.  :(</p>
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<p>I passed with a 121, but I did cheat a little - I walked to the bathroom and the gift shop at the hospital.  I don't think you're supposed to walk around.  I'm trying harder to eat more protein.  I suspect this is going to be a very big baby because of my high-end blood sugar.</p>
 

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<p>I had my second glucose test last week (my caregiver does one for the second trimester and again in the third). I wanted to do the jelly beans but couldn't find the right brand anywhere, we went to 3 different stores. The drink was yucky, I can't stand any soda except ginger ale, which I water down just like I do with juice, so having something that tastes like orange soda but sweeter was super lame. But at least at the new clinic I'm going to they actually refrigerate the stuff... couldn't believe it when they handed me a room temperature one at the ghetto clinic, it totally pissed me off. And no ice.</p>
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<p>Anyway, I passed just fine, didn't get the actual number though. I had been a little worried because I totally forgot I was doing it that day and had a small handful of chocolate chips about 2.5 hours before the test, whoops! And I had carbs at breakfast.</p>
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<p>I also had my hemoglobin done and I am not anemic (yay! I was a tiny bit with my first two), though I am at the low end of the range. The midwife said I may want to consider doing iron supps anyway because I was at 10.8 and if I drop below 10 I won't be allowed to be at the birth center and will have to go to the regular labor and delivery floor. But they only need one good test during the last trimester, so unless I end up having to get my blood tested again for some freak reason it won't matter. I'm already having constipation issues so I'm not really wanting to take supps, so I'm just making sure to eat a lot of lentils and other iron-rich foods.</p>
 
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