How To Pass 3 Hour Glucose Test

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3 Secret Ways To Pass The Glucose Test Your Doctor May Not Tell You About

One in 10 women will be diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her pregnancy – that's a big percent of all moms by any means. But a whole lot more will get a positive result on their glucose tolerance tests – one in two, by some estimates. This test is important, as it's often the first sign that a mom has a condition that needs extra-special care and attention throughout the rest of her pregnancy. But why the huge discrepancy between the test result and number of women who actually have the condition? Often, women test positive simply because of what they ate in the hours before the test. This happened to me with my first baby (when I was actually diagnosed with borderline GD very late in the pregnancy). So, I did a lot of research before my test with Baby #2 and discovered the following "secret ways" to beat the sugar test with flying colors -- things your doctor may not tell you. The second time around all the tests came back completely normal, and I was complication-free. 1. Avoid high-sugar foods shortly before the test and cut back on simple, or refined, carbs. I was completely clueless when it came to all this my first time around. I didn't know that eating a moderat Continue reading >>

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  1. mariposa

    Help/WWYD? 3-hour glucose test AGAIN

    I'm 30 weeks pregnant and "failed" the 1-hour glucose for the 5th pregnancy in a row. My # was 154 (if anyone has any insight into how bad that is, I'd love to know what that actually means). According to the American Diabetes Assn. 180 is the number to "beat" but my drs. office says 130.
    So the nurse called today to tell me that I have to take the 3 hour test. Every time I have passed the 3-hour test with no problem. In fact, they made me test early with my last pregnancy and then again later on, so I've had this done 5 times and it always results in nothing. My blood pressure is low, I feel great, weight gain is normal. I REALLY REALLY don't want to spend half a day taking this test yet again, arranging child care for the day, you get the picture. My last baby was 8 lbs. even, so not huge ( I had one that was 9.5 but 1 week late). The other 2 were 8.6 and 7.15 respectively.
    Anyway, the nurse was actually sympathetic and I have a tele-appointment next week to discuss this with my doctor. If anyone has any further help/support/arguments that I could use to convince her that I don't need to do this I would be so thankful! OR tell me that I'm crazy and I should just do the test (I can take it!).

  2. Bluegoat

    I refused these tests with my last pregnancy. My reasoning was that they aren't considered to be really great tests for gestational diabetes anyway, giving a lot of false positives, they don't really give a realistic challenge to the body, and in fact most countries don't use them for those reasons. As well, if you have an issue and fail them, what they do is make diet reccomendations, and people really ought to be eating well already if they are pregnant.
    It would be one thing if failing had no repercussions, but it can be used as an excuse for things like inducing early so the baby won't get too big.
    I am not sure about the numbers myself, but I would be suspicious if the doctor is giving you a different level to fail than is generally recommended. I would tend to think they were looking for some sort of leverage.

  3. 54879525

    I'd have no qualms about refusing. I'm not a very compliant patient though.

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