Look I have a really important question that I haven't had the chance to ask my Midwife.
I'm 22weeks and 5 days pregnant; so I know the Gestational Diabetes test is coming up soon, and ever since I heard what it involves I have been dreading it. Not because of the nasty taste or the needles, but because of the fasting beforehand.
I have a condition called Vasovacal Syncope , which is where I have a fainting spell after/during/ a regular blood test. It will only happen if I do not eat atleast a regular sized meal atleast an hour before the needle. I can't control it in any way other than that; the last time it happened I was 10 weeks along; I fainted because I wasn't told I was having a blood test because it was just a regular sugar level routine thing they do over in Westmead Hospital for your first visit; I skipped breakfast (Naughty, I know), and they wouldnt allow me to lay down.
So it was all done and I fainted, vomited all over the floor, had a little accident and continued vomiting throughout the day.
Now with the upcoming glucose test I understand that there is not only one, but two blood tests. I'm scared that after the first one I will just go completely sick and not be able to even keep the drink down let alone sit there for an hour and wait to faint all over again.
Because of this, I'm wondering if I can pass on the test? I think it will do me more harm than good as I am pretty sure I am not at risk of having GD. I've been eating very healthy, I'm young, and I'm not overweight. I know that doesnt eliminate my chances completely but I'm really not sure how it's going to go.
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21-11-2013 14:38 #1
Optional Glucose Test?
21-11-2013 14:40 #2
Could you do the 1 hr one so theres no fasting just your normal breakfast?
21-11-2013 14:50 #3
I will definatly ask. I've been told some mixed things like with both you cant eat, or you can eat a little, or that just eating before in general messes up your results.
21-11-2013 15:02 #4
The 2 hr one you need to fast overnight and sip water. The 1 hr one you eat as normal including your usual breakfast Some hospitals only do the 2 hr one but ask them anyway
21-11-2013 15:05 #5
There is a 1hr test where you can eat breakfast before the test just leave about an hour or two before you have the blood test. Maybe you can have that one but they are apparently phasing this one out because it doesn't give accurate results of GD.
The 2 hr test 3 needles are involved, one when you get there before the drink then 1 hr after the drink then another hour after that.
As horrible as it is... I didn't think I was at risk either, I ate well exercised a few days a week, am young and no where near over weight and I had gestational diabetes that required insulin (but I controlled it with diet and exercise instead). I had no idea that I had it, and had I not got the test I don't think I would have known either. But uncontrolled GD can put bub at risk for being stillborn (and I don't want to scare you, but my endo specialist told me), plus you at risk for delivering a large baby and also they need to treat bubs differently after birth for GD (checking levels etc)
Good luck hope it all makes sense
You will make the right decision for yourself and bubs
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21-11-2013 15:49 #6Senior Member
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You can definitely pass on the GD test.
Also look up Henci Goer's article "Gestational Diabetes: The Emperor Has No Clothes"
it describes why 'gestational diabetes' (as determined by current testing) may not be a disease at all, and is almost certainly overdiagnosed. Also discusses why management of GD often leads to increased interventions, with no greater safety effects to baby or mother.
Last edited by Bubbles10; 21-11-2013 at 16:11.
21-11-2013 16:02 #7Senior Member
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You can def not take the test. Or request the tolerance test not the fasting test.
Risk categories imo dont mean much as im not at risk of gd on paper yet have had it in my last 2 pregnancies.
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