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Can somebody clue me in? I am so confused, reading about the various ways this test is approached by different care providers. Some tell the woman to fast and then drink something sugary, others tell her to eat something high-carb and then drink something sugary, others tell her to eat normally and then drink something sugary, others tell her to eat normally and don't do the drink at all, others just accept a pinprick for seven days. How can all of these different approaches possibly all yield the same results? If they can't, then how do we know which are accurate and which are not? It seems like there is an awful lot of guesswork going on with diagnosing GD. But I am not an expert on it, maybe I am missing something?
 

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I have often wondered the same thing. My MW takes the "eat normally, but don't go overboard on the sugar before the test" approach.
 

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my OB was pushing the 1 hr on me...<br><br>
i refused.<br><br>
i told him that either he allowed me to do an alternative (in my case, i chose to monitor my blood sugar over the course of a few weeks), or i wouldn't do it at all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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i chose what i did because it really gives a more accurate view of what is happening in my body over the course of a day, when i get up in the morning, what goes on after meals, how different foods affect me, etc ~ i got to see the Big Picture.<br><br>
this is also the same sort of test they do for "real" diabetics (my dad has type 2 diabetes and did the same thing)... so i would imagine it's pretty accurate. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The one hour test should just be a warning that there MAY be a blood sugar prob and then other more in depth tests should be done. The 3 hr test is really accurate, as is the checking levels the pp stated. <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 really should have put my foot down and denied it, but I just did my GD test... I fasted after midnight and had the test at 8 a.m. It was just the 1 hour test.<br><br>
My results were fine, and I knew they would be. I check my blood sugar at home regularly (diabetes runs in my family and I'm overweight) and i know I have absolutely NO sugar issues so I should have said no. But I am a wimp.<br><br>
If you ever are curious and want to keep an eye on your sugars, you can get a monitor pretty cheap at a pharmacy and keep track on your own.... I check my fasting about once/month and it is always in the 60-80 range, so I'm happy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Oh, I don't know; there are many ways to do something, so I don't see how it is so confusing that there are many ways to check for gestational diabetes. Based on where the doc went to school, what he/she learned in residency, and their reading and exposure since, they will check for it in different ways.
 
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