Pregnancy Testing for Gestational Diabetes



DoctorI recently welcomed a daughter and while I was pregnant, I worried a little bit about the glucose test for gestational diabetes. I was a little bit nervous about getting tested for diabetes while pregnant. I worried that I might have a false positive, or that the glucose test would make me feel sick, or that the sugary drink would be disgusting. I am glad to share my pregnancy diabetes experience for anyone else who is feeling this way.

Leading up to the test, I ate a half an English muffin with cream cheese, a fried egg, and some breakfast meat, I can’t remember what – maybe ham or Canadian bacon. I am pretty sure I only drank water. I got to the appointment and had the initial blood work done, and it was pretty uneventful. I didn’t look. Then I had to drink this juice bottle that honestly didn’t taste much different than if you added a bunch of extra sugar in a batch of KoolAid.

During the waiting period, I asked if I could step outside for some fresh air. I made a few phone calls and paced around the parking lot. I don’t know if this impacted my results, but it made me feel better. The office was very stuffy and I was dressed too warm for that. They say if you puke, you have to do it all over again, so I didn’t want to chance that!

Honestly, everything went fine for me with my pregnancy, including that test. I got my results back and I passed with flying colors. A (relatively) healthy diet and exercise seemed to do the trick for me. Although, I did eat my fair share of donuts and chocolate chip muffins while pregnant. Yum!

Diabetes isn’t something to mess around with, especially when you are pregnant. This disease often causes a number of symptoms like excessive thirst and frequent urination, unexplained weight loss, changes in vision, increased tiredness, extremely dry skin, to name a few. In pregnancy, you may already be experiencing frequent urination, increased tiredness, and other symptoms, which is why it is a great idea to have this gestational diabetes test done. If you experience these or any other unusual symptoms, you should be sure to make a doctor’s appointment so you can get yourself checked for diabetes and other serious conditions.

Do you have any experiences to share in being tested for gestational diabetes? Did you pass or fail? Did anyone have to go back for the three-hour test? Please share your experiences and memories in our comments below.

 

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