Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Glucose Tolerance Tests

Is there anything better when you’re pregnant than swigging 10 ounces of pure sugar so you can go get your blood taken in an hour?

When I was pregnant with Joel (#1), I had to do that. The result was borderline for gestational diabetes, so I had to go back. The 2nd time I had to fast overnight, then go get my blood taken, drink a mound of sugar in the morning, then have my blood taken every hour for a couple more hours. Man, the headache I got! I wanted some FOOD! My vision was all screwy because I was all sugared up and apparently borderline diabetic.

My result was very iffy (according to the nurses AND the insurance company), but still my ultra-careful doc put me on the diabetes track. I went to a dietician to learn how to eat like a diabetic. I learned how to take my blood 4 times a day. I went to non-stress tests twice a week. I only gained 24 pounds with that pregnancy, and Joel was only 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Oh, and I had THREE sonograms. I was an insurance company’s nightmare!

That was with Baby #1, when I had all the time in the world and taking time off work was a treat. Now if my result is borderline, forget all that other crap! I’ll just promise the doc I’ll eat well and we’ll call it good. And I WILL eat well because I don’t need to be squeezing a 12-pound baby out of myself.

Anybody have a fun diabetes or gestational diabetes or preeclampsia story out there? Come on, Cathy, I know YOU have a good story!


  1. oh, did I hate the glucose test! I think it may be the worst thing you could do to a pregnant lady - other than making them have an ultrasound with a full bladder.

  2. After my first pregnancy I just had A1C tests done-no yucky sugary mess! It measures the average glucose level in your body over a period of months-a much better indicator. I was diagnosed at Gestational diabetic at 18 weeks with my first pregnancy, 29 weeks with my twins, and never "officially" diagnosed with my last. All of my baby's were larger (7lbs 7oz @ 5 weeks early, 6lbs 6oz, and 6lbs 5oz for the twins @ 4 weeks early, and 9 lbs 13oz @ 39 weeks) even though I was on a STRICT diabetic diet and insulin for the later parts of my pregnancies and monitored glucose throughout the entire pregnancies for the my last two. Talk about an insurance company's nightmare, I was admitted for pre term labor 4 times with the twins and had over 15 ultrasounds!! My last pregnancy I had over 10! My doctors were very cautious but great!!



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