(Closed) Gestational Diabetes Testing

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

The United States is the only country that recommends this test when you have no risk factors for it. That alone should tell you something. There is also some question among the medical community about how effective or necessary “treatment” actually is for GD. Some argue that GD is a fairly natural occurance during pregnancy and unless you were diabetic before becoming pregnant not that big a deal. I have done a TON of research on this before opting out of the test for the same reasons as you. My OB was okay with it and did not recommend or try to force me to proceed with the pregnancy as if I had GD (checking blood sugar 4x daily etc). The amount of useless tests they want to do on no regnant women in America is ridiculous IMO.

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The test that has a lot of false positives is the one hour one.  My doctor told me that it is a great test when it is negative because it is accurate then, but not if it is positive.  I have to say that the one hour test wasn’t too bad, but it probably will suck if you get sick with sweet things.  I didn’t have to fast for it at all.  I did fail the first hour one, and thought the 3 hour test was awful.  That drink was very thick and sweet, and I had to chug it very quickly and couldn’t eat for a few hours while I sat in the doctors office waiting to get my blood drawn every hour.  I know quite a few people who did have GD even though they were not high risk, and I know that it could cause a lot of problems for the baby if I did have it and it went untreated, so I did it regardless.  I would talk to your doctor about your concerns though and see what he/she says.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

lovekiss:  I think replacing the drink with the food will lead to even more inaccurate results– they are testing you, knowing you have 50g of glucose.  Trying to replace that with exact right amounts of glucose in other foods will ikely either result in your eating too little ot too much glucose- potentially not catching GD, or again, false positive.

 

I’d say either opting for the test, or taking blood sugar readings many times a day would be the most accurate.

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