Post # 1
I’m not KU up, but I’ve been reading about pregancy and all that jazz.
I was wondering, is there an alternative to the glucose test?
I don’t like eating a bunch of sugar, it makes me feel icky. And I really don’t want to sugar-load during pregnancy even for the test. Are there alternatives? Maybe a A1C test instead?
Post # 3
I don’t know if there are any alternatives, but mine wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be! I thought the stuff would taste awful and I’d have to choke it down. The stuff I drank (lemon-lime flavored) actually tasted kinda good 🙂 To me, it was like slightly flat 7up. I drank it no problem, granted all I’ve been drinking while pregnant is plain water so maybe anything with flavor tastes good to me now!
I also don’t know the amount of sugar in it or anything, but I don’t know that it would be enough to make a difference in you physically. Mine was only 5oz so less than half a soda.
Post # 4
That’s a question to talk to your doctor about. The test and the drink really isn’t that bad.
Post # 5
A1c isn’t a great alternative, because by definition gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy, and A1c can take ~3 months to increase. Plus, A1c won’t be markedly abnormal unless your blood sugars are consistently quite elevated, and the glucose tolerance test is much more sensitive for “mild” glucose intolerance which is obviously more common. It is actually really important to get this test- having gestational diabetes and being unaware of can cause a multitude of problems for both you and baby!
Post # 6
I just got back from doing mine, it wasn’t bad at all. They didn’t make me fast, I just chugged a dixie cup of what tasted like cold Hi-C/with a hint of cough syrup (those college days of playing flip-cup payed off). I had a choice between fruit punch and orange flavors. I feel completely normal afterwards, not jittery or sugar high at all.
Post # 7
I don’t know of alternatives to the glucose test, but instead of the drink there are jelly beans you can eat. The jelly beans tasted good and you only needed to eat 17 (I believe) of them.
Post # 8
It only has 50g of glucose in it…equivalent is about 2 candy bars. I don’t really see how this is considered “sugar loading” especially when it is so important.
Post # 9
Our glucose load in Canada is 75g, it isn’t really all that bad, the fasting was by far wore than the test (I had to do it early due to PCOS and a high random glucose reading). I know I have to do it again at 28 weeks, and I am not dreading it or anything.
I know women decline the glucose screen, but if you do, and you do have gestational diabetes, your baby really pays the price, usually ending up really large, and their blood sugars are usually really low, requiring an NICU stay, long term (like sometimes a week or longer) with an IV, electrolyte imbalances, cardiomegaly etc etc etc.
Post # 10
I don’t know if there’s an alternative, but the test isn’t so bad. The fasting was hard actually (I was told to fast for 8 hrs prior to the test + the time while the test was being done). And getting 3 blood draws all in one morning was not fun. But the way I see it, when you’re pregnant, you get poked so often as it is, that hey, what’s another blood draw?
It is a lot of sugar to throw at your system, but if you’ve been eating healthy and keeping sugar intake reasonable/low during the rest of your pregnancy, then I wouldn’t worry about the one sugar spiked day.