Drink This and Try Not To Puke

I’ve been dreading this since getting pregnant and finally had to do it. The gestational diabetes test. Yuck. This has been on the back of my mind even before getting pregnant. I wanted to lose those 10 pounds I gained, thinking it might help my odds against getting GD when I did finally get pregnant. It was definitely a concern because of my history. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to lose that 10 pounds first, so it kind of made me worried.

My doctor said to take it between weeks 24 and 28. I had the option to take the 1 hour test (non-fasting) or the 2 hour fasting test. At first the 1 hour test sounded like the better option but she kind of talked me out of it and said if I failed that one I’d immediately have to take the 3 hour test.

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I didn’t want to take any more time off work because as it is my sick time has been sucked up with OB appointments and most recently, multiple dental appointments. Saturday I set my alarm, skipped breakfast and then went to the doctor to take the test.

I was glad I asked her what to expect at my last appointment because she said I wasn’t allowed to leave. I had stupidly hoped I could go, start the testing, then run errands or something waiting out the time. Nope, they want you to stay at the doctor the entire time. I packed my Kindle with a bunch of books, my phone charger and took my phone to watch Netflix while I waited. I recently started watching “Madame Secretary” and it’s REALLY good! It’s funny and smart and I love the casting. I’m about half way through the first season.

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I got there early and despite having to fast, being hungry and not getting to have my coffee, it wasn’t as bad as I had been anticipating. I did my initial blood draw (later results showed the first fasting blood draw was 84, which was a good number). Then they had me drink the drink. The lady said that it can sometimes make people feel sick and she said if I threw up, I’d have to come back another day to take the test again. UGH! PRESSURE!

She suggested I don’t chug it but that I had to drink the whole thing within 5 minutes. I sat there and took big gulps. It was nasty. It tasted like super duper sweet flat Mountain Dew. I finished the drink, felt nauseated and gross, and then sat in the lobby for an hour watching Netflix while I waited for the next blood draw.

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I had the next blood draw and then I had another hour to wait for the last one. As I was leaving the lab I ran into a friend who was there to get some lab work done, too! So after she was done she hung out with me for the last hour, which was really nice. We chatted and that helped pass the time. I wasn’t feeling quite as nauseous as I had been during the first hour and then it was time for my last draw.

It was nearly noon by this time. I’d missed breakfast so I stopped at Subway and got Michael and I a sandwich for lunch. I wasn’t feeling great and it took a few hours after eating to finally feel better.

I made the mistake of looking up how many calories was in that glucose drink. 300!!! NOT COOL. 300 wasted calories for something that was gross, made me feel sick and didn’t satisfy my hunger. Major fail. I want a refund on those calories.

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After lunch I went to the gym. The only upside? The gym wasn’t crowded by the time I got there! I wasn’t feeling my best and so I totally phoned-in my workout, but I did something so that’s good. I warmed up and then did the weight machines and finished up with 2 miles on the elliptical. My ankle is much better than it was last week but I’m still taking it easy (no jumping jacks, nothing too aggravating for my ankle, taking it easy on the cardio machines, etc.).

I did realize at the gym this weekend that I can no longer do planks (even side planks) and push-ups are soon to be a no-go, too. It’s become too difficult and with the planks I was feeling strained. So I think it’s time to quit those.

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Test Results

From The Mayo Clinic: Gestational diabetes: If you’re being tested for gestational diabetes, your doctor will consider the results of each blood glucose test. At Mayo Clinic, if your blood glucose level is higher than 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L) after the one-hour test, your doctor will recommend the three-hour test. If your blood glucose level is higher than 190 mg/dL (10.6 mmol/L) after the one-hour test, you’ll be diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

For the three-hour test:

A normal fasting blood glucose level is lower than 95 mg/dL (5.3 mmol/L).

One hour after drinking the glucose solution, a normal blood glucose level is lower than 180 mg/dL (10 mmol/L).

Two hours after drinking the glucose solution, a normal blood glucose level is lower than 155 mg/dL (8.6 mmol/L).

Three hours after drinking the glucose solution, a normal blood glucose level is lower than 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L).

I got my results that evening. The numbers LOOKED okay but I wasn’t positive and wanted to hear from my doctor for sure.

Pre-drink:

Component Your Value Standard Range
Glucose Fasting, for Prenatal 75g/2hr GTT 84 mg/dL <=91 mg/dL

After 1 hour:

Component Your Value Standard Range
Glucose 1 hr, for Prenatal 75g/2hr GTT 106 mg/dL <=179 mg/dL

After 2 hours:

Component Your Value Standard Range
Glucose 120 Min CHR 75 mg/dL <=152 mg/dL

My doctor confirmed that I passed the test! WOOHOO!! Such a big relief. I really felt so much better about it. I know, I know, I worried about it for nothing. But it was a legitimate concern for me because of previously being pre-diabetic, so it was a giant weight off my shoulders. The blood tests also came back to say I am still anemic, despite adding an iron supplement to my vitamins over a month ago. So we’ll see what happens with that.

14 Responses

  1. Huzzah!! Congratulations!! I thought I would be able to leave too, but nope. I think I know why: (a) the risk of puking and fainting seemed very likely, that drink made me feel horrid and (b) I was barely over on my test, so if I had walked around in the hour before they drew my blood, my glucose value would have been way lower and they wouldn’t have discovered the fact that I had GD.
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      1. No (thank god!), since I failed the two-hour test, I was sent straight to diabetic counseling. But even though it was a total pain to test my blood all the time and I felt stressed out by the fact that I was at risk of not being able to stay with the midwives (if your numbers are bad and you have to go on meds, they send you to a high-risk OB instead)/worried about affecting the baby, it really was a blessing in disguise. I stayed waaaay healthier in the third trimester than I would have otherwise, and I hiked right up until I went into labor (literally!) and felt great after birth. I don’t think that would have happened if I didn’t have to stay active due to the GD!
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  2. I had GD — not so bad just had to have protein with every meal and no more ice cream sundaes. Ok, it sucked! But it’s the end result that matters 🙂

    And I was 200 lbs at the time so probably not that surprising

  3. Do you take vitamin C with yr iron supplement? I learned the Vit C helps with absorption and it did the trick for me. My doc had not mentioned it. I’m not sure why?

    1. It was not suggested until recently but I was already taking my vitamins with a glass of orange juice at breakfast every day. I’m kind of curious why that hasn’t done the trick.

  4. I’m super glad your test was negative (I”m a lab tech in real life). The rate of women developing type 2 and the lack of proper glucose follow up post delivery are very concerning. If you have/had gestational diabetes- risks go through the roof post delivery for acquiring type 2.

    Anyhoo, I also tested negative during pregnancy at age 34, but had type 2 like glucose levels develop around my mid-40’s. Never diagnosed, but home monitoring (even post weight loss) has been key.

    Congrats and here’s to a safe delivery. Karen P
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