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Hi! My previous ob never had me take a glucose tolerance test until I was pretty far along in the pregnancy. (And my results were always normal.) Now that I've moved over to a new practice, I was surprised that I'm already expected to take one at just 7 weeks pg. They apparently automatically test overweight women and women with a past history of large babies (mine were 10 lb 10 oz and 9 lb 4 oz). How common is this?
 

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I've never heard of getting tested so early, or simply because you're overweight. I'm overweight, and have had a big baby (my first was 2 weeks early and 8.3, my 2nd was *on time* and was 11.1, and my 3rd was induced 1 day early at 9.5) but since I got tested with all those pregnancies we know it wasn't due to GD (and I am also planning on refusing the test this time, since I am starting out at a lower weight, and have big babies anyhow)<br><br>
But, no, I wouldn't say that's common at all. I think it's kinda lame that they're testing women who've had big babies before, liek they're looking for a reason for the big babies, instead of just accepting the fact that some women just make em big.... I HATE dr's looking for for something wrong when there isn't...<br><br>
But good luck! (and know you can always refuse the test <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 had never heard of this until my best friend had this done at 8 weeks because of her history of 'large' babies. Her kids have been 8lbs 10oz and 9lbs 2oz which she pushed out in less than 15 minutes both times.<br><br>
I agree with the PP, I think it's lame. From what I understand, it's a fairly new procedure and I'm still not really clear what it tells them so early on in the pregnancy. I don't know what the GD tells anyone at anytime in the pregnancy, but that's just me siding with all the research that says the GD is a questionable prenatal test. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I would refuse the test. You've never had abnormal readings before, even with big babies. There's no reason, other than weight, to think you're "at risk" of it this time. And basing it solely on weight is faulty in and of itself. Higher weight moms do have more of a chance of having bigger babies, but not necessarily "GD". I'm overweight and have large babies, so they always try to push this stuff on me too.<br><br>
Mainly, testing this early would be telling you if you had pre-existing diabetes. "GD" doesn't present until mid pregnancy.<br><br>
Refuse but tell them you'll allow an HbA1c if they're so worried...simple blood test and it will tell you what your numbers have been over the last 2-3 months (well, a percentage anyway, not exact numbers). Or you could always consent to testing your own blood sugar with a glucometer at home. I would NOT do a GTT at this point at all.<br><br>
Good luck!!
 

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I'm overweight on my first pregnancy and I'm at 23 weeks, just had a Dr. appt this week and she didn't mention the dreaded test.<br>
I'm hoping to skate by without it, just fly under the radar so to speak.
 

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I totally agree with PPer's suggesting refusal of the test. I totally would and I'm quite overweight. If I had any reason to feel concerned, I would have the blood test instead! I figure it's way more accurate anyway (but don't plan to do that, either). I'm very blessed/lucky that my midwife is also quite overweight because she TRULY understands heavy mamas carrying. She's not at all concerned about my weight. She encouraged me to gain as much as my body needs to. Since I lost weight last time, I asked about that and she said whatever my body did was fine as long as I was eating well and taking care of myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I already believed that was the key... as long as we care for ourselves and eat when we need to, our babies will be perfect for our bodies.<br><br>
My Mom admits she ate poorly during her 5th pregnancy. I mention this because it's the one example of GD that I've been convinced of. Her previous 4 babies were all under 9 pounds. #5 was 11 pounds 13 ounces! Anyway... that has convinced me, at least, to feed myself well and smartly because her #6, which she's told me she was a much more careful eater, was a normal 8 pounder! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My first was 8lb4oz, so I could potentially make largish babies, so I know I need to treat myself right.<br><br>
Anyway, like I said, I wouldn't test unless I felt there was a specific need and reason to do it. :>)
 
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