(Closed) Glucose Test Tips

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

They told me to eat normally for my 1 hour test as well.  I even had a couple of cookies. Granted, I failed my one hour so I would advise against eating any sweets.  lol.  I had the 3 hour test and was fine.  That was the only time a prescribed “diet” and fasting were required.  I would follow their orders.

Post # 4
5474 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have not taken the glucose tolerance screening, but I do work in a lab and have performed this test many times.  Take my advice with a grain of salt, as many of our patients were high(er) risk.

First, for a one-hour screening, fasting is NOT necessary.  They generally reccommend eating a high protein breakfast, so toast with peanut butter, or scrambled eggs & fruit, something with carbs but definitely some fat and a good bit of protein.

For us, we do not allow people to eat during the test.  The whole point is to look at how your body metabolizes simple sugar, so to continue eating or drinking will sway those results. 

Make sure you take a book or magazine, hydrate well the day before and the morning of the test.  Hydrating will help you feel better, but it also helps your veins stand out better.

Good luck 🙂

Post # 5
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’ve had both the 1-hour test and the 3-hour test twice now.  No special diet/fasting for the 1-hr, fasting for the 3-hr.  No consumption of ANYTHING during the tests.  I would avoid a high-carb breakfast, though.  And pretty much everything except meat, eggs, cheese, nuts, and veggies = carbs (milk, fruit, “real” carbs=carbs).

Post # 7
1479 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

The person who said they failed because of a glass of milk probably isn’t telling you the whole story. Maybe they forgot to tell you about the bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch that they had with that glass of milk- haha…

My doctor said to eat a good breakfast with protein, and no fruit and no empty carbs- so some good whole wheat bread with PB would be good, veggies, scrambled eggs with cheese for breakfast that morning would be good, and then I would maybe do some lentil soup or something for lunch or grab a snack of string cheese, etc and then have lunch after your test, where you can eat whatever the heck you want 🙂

Post # 8
494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I had my appointment early in the morning. On my sheet, they recommended fasting for an hour or two. I just didn’t eat from going to bed until after my appointment. Since it was in the morning, I drank down the glucose and then commuted to my appointment. They tested my blood sugars right when I got in the office which was an hour after ingesting it. I ate around 10a.m. after the test, but didn’t feel fully recovered until about 2p.m. that day.

Post # 10
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I transfered from another hospital, but here it goes.

I was told not to fast the first time, so I had some cereal a couple hours before the test. Went into the lab, did the nasty drink and waited a hour. I failed that test. They told me to come back for a 3 hour.

I transfered hospitals before then and told the nurse about it. She said well we can’t take their lab results anyway. We will have you do the 1 hour again. This time I did not eat breakfast, went right in as they opened, did the drink, waited a hour and that time I had passed.

The bad news? It turns out I did the test too early! I have to do it again at 20 weeks! Argh!

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