Glucose Screening?

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Glucose Screening?

Postby SarahCHW » Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:21 am

Has anyone already been in for a Glucose Screening? I'm a little frustrated because I logged onto my medical record account and it told me I had to schedule one but I was just in the office two weeks ago and we could have scheduled at the same time as my next appointment in two weeks :?

Aside from my personal problems with the doctors office... What should I expect? Is it really important that I take the test? Is this something they schedule for everyone or is it coming up based on some test result I didn't get?
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Re: Glucose Screening?

Postby FrostedFuji » Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:20 pm

I'd call your doctor to find out more. Some will do it in-office, others will send you to a lab.

The glucose tolerance screen is routine, usually done between weeks 26 and 28 - so depending on how far along you are now, you may be plenty on time for scheduling it. I have mine next week :) It's done to determine whether or not you have gestational diabetes (typically they'll do the 1-hour test first, and if you fail that one they'll have you do a more extensive test for conclusive results). This is primarily important because if you do have GD and you don't watch your diet, your baby could end up very overweight and cause birth complications because of size.
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Re: Glucose Screening?

Postby skye skye » Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:37 am

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Re: Glucose Screening?

Postby AmberESL » Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:12 pm

As said, this is a routine test. Everyone should take it because GD can happen to any pregnant woman. It's not like type 1 diabetes that's [usually?] genetic or type 2 diabetes that's more likely to affect people who are overweight. Any woman can get GD (and just because she gets it during one pregnancy doesn't mean she'll get it with another). GD left untreated can lead to a baby with a high birth weight which can lead to a hard delivery. There are several other possible complications as well.

As far as what to expect...
I do not believe you need to fast for the 1-hr.
With the 1-hr test you go into the office or lab and they give you a drink. It can potentially be several flavors but I believe orange is most common and tastes like Sunny Delight. You have five minutes to drink it all, which I definitely had no problem with.
Then you come back one hour later and they take your blood (no food or drink over that hour).

The blood gets processed and they test your glucose level. For most doctors if your level is under 140 mg/dL, you passed and no further tests are necessary. If your score is above that or your doctor is more stringent (she still had me take the 3-hour with a 138), you get to take the 3-hr test to confirm (I think something like only 1/3 of woman who fail the 1-hr fail the 3-hr).

The way that one goes, is you do need to fast before hand, so best take it in the morning.
They take your blood first to get your baseline, fasting glucose level.
Then they give you a drink that's twice as sweet as the one you drank before and 5 minutes to drink it.
Come back in an hour and they take your blood.
Come back in an hour and they take your blood.
Come back in an hour and they take your blood.
No food or drink during this time except perhaps small sips of water.

Some people have trouble with the 3-hour but I had no issue with it other than its being time consuming. If you end up having to take it, just bring a book or a companion.
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Re: Glucose Screening?

Postby mandylgibbs » Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:57 am

My sister in law passed her glucose test but still ended up with GD. The major complication besides the high birth weight is that the baby is unable to process glucose properly. Because of that my niece had a blood sugar level of 2 (normal is 60-120) when she was born. It took several days in the NICU to get it regulated.
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Re: Glucose Screening?

Postby carataylor84 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 3:00 pm

Ugh, I have not had mine yet, but I am NOT looking forward to it lol. I had to do the 1 hour and 4 hour tests with my daughter, passed the 4 hour, but it was torture!
I am 22+2 so I am sure my time is coming lol
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Re: Glucose Screening?

Postby agonize » Sun Nov 15, 2015 5:07 pm

Hi, did you guys say that the test is done week 26 - 28?

Just curious, if I haven't been particularly careful with my diet up until now (week 11), but if I try harder to eat healthier (i.e. no junk food, sweets -- I have such a sweet tooth) and do more exercises, would that help? I just want to add that I have a pre-pregnancy BMI of 22.9 and have since gained about 2 pounds.

I'm nervous about GD since my dad and paternal grandfather both diagnosed of daibetes II. I don't have diabetes, but I'm nervous that I'm predisposed to having it.
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Re: Glucose Screening?

Postby AmberESL » Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:49 pm

I think they can do the test as early as 24 weeks.

I'm not sure if eating less sweets and exercising more will lower the risk for GD... but those things are both better for baby in general and good to do.
I don't know a lot about GD, but I'm pretty sure anyone can get it, even skinny minnies with no predisposition.
And I've always been overweight, have type 2 in my family all over the place, etc... and I still passed my 3 hour test.

I get the impression that GD can just happen despite risk factors.
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Re: Glucose Screening?

Postby MrsLewis907 » Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:38 pm

I know this is an older thread, but just wanted to pop in...they can do the test as early as they wish, I had my 1hr done at about 14 weeks, they wanted it early as I had GD previously. I failed, and the next week did the 3 hr, which I failed. I now test my sugars daily, but thankfully my numbers have been normal with watching my eating. They had me take a nutrition class, and one thing they stress is that it's not something YOU are doing, that makes your sugars high. It's more just about, when pregnant, your body has issues with making enough insulin, for whatever reason...which is what gets the sugar out of your blood stream, so if your body doesn't make enough insulin, your sugars go up, and you "have GD".
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