Can You Eat Before A Gestational Diabetes Test?
Doctors routinely test pregnant women for gestational diabetes since this condition can harm the baby if it isn't treated. High blood glucose levels may be the only sign of this condition, so this blood test is needed to determine whether a special diet is necessary for the mother to keep the baby safe. Video of the Day There are two types of gestational diabetes tests. The simpler test is the glucose challenge test, which is the first one that the doctor will order. Should this test indicate a possible problem, you will be asked to return for the longer glucose tolerance test, which will more accurately determine whether you have gestational diabetes. Both of these tests involve drinking a measured dose of a high glucose beverage and then having your blood drawn and tested. One hour after drinking the liquid for the glucose challenge test you will have your blood drawn. You are not allowed to eat or drink while waiting for the blood draw. With the glucose tolerance test, you have your blood drawn before drinking the beverage and then every hour for the next three hours. A glucose challenge test result above 130 or 140 mg/dL, depending on the lab, will require you to do the glucose Continue reading >>