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Old 04-13-2013, 06:40 PM   #21
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Honestly, if your body can't process the sugar from some occasional ice cream, it sounds like there IS a problem there. Your sugar level shouldn't have been over the limit just because of a treat.

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Old 04-13-2013, 06:40 PM   #22
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In my four pregnancies I've taken the 1 hour test three times (failed each time) and taken the three hour 5 time (passed each one). With my current pregnancy they requested I take an early glucose test because I have "big" babies (whatever to that). They are not fun and they are not convenient. I think you can hold out but there may come a turning point that you have decide which you want more, a natural birth or not to have to take the three hour glucose test. It isn't fair that you would have to choose, but it may come down to that. Ask if there is any other way to take the test; some practices will let you eat jelly beans instead of the drink. At my practice they'll let you go in a quiet room and lay in a recliner. Once I have someone to watch the kids its actually pretty nice to have three hours to myself. I usually watch a movie on my phone, read a book, or maybe even slip in a nap.
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:50 PM   #23
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I get really sick from the drink as well. I did the 1 hour test 3 times this last pregnancy, and refused to do the 3 hour until I had a borderline result with the final one. There is nothing wrong with you for getting sick drinking liquid sugar. Nobody shouldbe able totolerate that much sugar without adverse effects. I was violently ill for days after all of my tests a d aside from a high bmi had no other risk factors. My midwives were absolutely suportive thankfully. One of them believes glucose intolerance is not a product of pregnancy, that it was either there all along waiting to be diagnosed or that it was something that would present eventually. I would remind her that you are in charge of any and every decision regarding your body and pregnancy. You can refuse all tests and still demand the birth experience that you want.
This is partially right. There are likely many women who are diagnosed with GD who are in fact Type II and simply don't know it. But, for your baby's health and wellbeing it doesn't matter what kind of diabetes a woman has. From baby's health standpoint diabetes is a problem regardless of the type.

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I usually eat very healthy and the ice cream was a rare thing. My sugars were barely above the norm on the 1hr test and the one test that I did at home.
I already follow the gd diet and have been testing and it is completely fine.
I understand that there are a lot of tests and procedures that I will have to fight for but I refuse to cave on one just because it not that bad of a test for some. If I cave every time it's easier to jut listen to them then I feel like I will be easier to push around :/ its something I am against and I would prefer not to be diagnosed with no symptoms. Refusing the test doesn't mean I have gd. It means I would prefer not to pump my body full of chemical dyes and flavorings when I could just test my sugars at home.
Having no symptoms is not an indicator or lack of disease. By the time your BS is high enough to cause symptoms, it is likely causing significant problems for baby. In a person without diabetes, their body should have normal sugar ranges regardless of whether they eat ice cream and carbs. When are you testing? Random times are not ideal. You need to test after eating. Ideally 1 and 2 hours after you eat and in the morning as well.
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I have insulin resistance. I failed the 1-hr. however, since I was already following the insulin-resistance diet and very faithfully tracking my blood sugar after each meal and in the morning, instead of having to do the 3-hr, I was allowed to come to the clinic, have my sugar tested, eat a typical breakfast, wait an hour, and then have the clinic test my sugar again. Easy peasy, and it put my doctor at ease.
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I have insulin resistance. I failed the 1-hr. however, since I was already following the insulin-resistance diet and very faithfully tracking my blood sugar after each meal and in the morning, instead of having to do the 3-hr, I was allowed to come to the clinic, have my sugar tested, eat a typical breakfast, wait an hour, and then have the clinic test my sugar again. Easy peasy, and it put my doctor at ease.
I have asked to do something similar to this and have asked for any other alternatives and have been turned down. She will only allow the 3 hour or else I am going to be diagnosed. She isn't allowing any wiggle room or compromise
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If it made you sick isn't that a sign of GD? There isn't really anything unsafe about sugar, but there is a lot unsafe about gd if not diagnosed.
Ditto. Undiagnosed GD can cause a lot of problems for the baby, some of them, such as the thickening of the heart walls, can impact your baby for a lifetime. I don't like doing the test, either, that sugary drink makes me want to vomit, but feeling a little yucky because of a drink, vs increasing the risk of seizures and heart problems for my baby is a no-brainer for me.

It sounds like you are getting in to a power struggle with your provider, which is never a good thing. You probably want to switch providers. In addition, even though I personally think taking the GD test is a good thing, you have right to refuse any procedure or test, and your HCP needs to respect that. They should, as a good HCP, educate you plainly about the risks, and those risks could mean that it increases the risk of death for your baby. But if you hear all of the info and still refuse, they need to move on. I refuse a fair number of tests, and after we talk about risks, if I still refuse, my OB's have all let it go. Maybe you should see someone more professional.

Oh, and a normal person can do a major sugar load and still have normal sugars later. Your body is very good at keeping blood sugar levels normal, unless there is some pathology going on there. Can your midwife refer you to a endocrinologist so you can talk with him/her about diabetes? It sounds like you don't trust your midwife's knowledge, so maybe a specialist will help.
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Yep. GD can also lead to stillborn as my friend sadly found out a couple weeks ago.
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If I cave every time it's easier to jut listen to them then I feel like I will be easier to push around
Forgive my assumption if this is not the case, but to me it sounds like this is about more than just taking the GD test.

Regarding the quoted: I have found the opposite to be true. I regularly question my (and my kids') care providers, but when they realize that I am willing to seriously consider their recommendations and compromise/take their advice on certain points, they are much more willing to be flexible as well. It's like any other relationship - it needs to be built on mutual respect. In my opinion, allowing you to monitor your blood sugar at home was a compromise on their part, but you got readings that they aren't comfortable with and they want you to do the 3 hour - which you are unwilling to compromise on. If you just push, and push, and push to do everything your way, what response do you expect?
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Forgive my assumption if this is not the case, but to me it sounds like this is about more than just taking the GD test.

Regarding the quoted: I have found the opposite to be true. I regularly question my (and my kids') care providers, but when they realize that I am willing to seriously consider their recommendations and compromise/take their advice on certain points, they are much more willing to be flexible as well. It's like any other relationship - it needs to be built on mutual respect. In my opinion, allowing you to monitor your blood sugar at home was a compromise on their part, but you got readings that they aren't comfortable with and they want you to do the 3 hour - which you are unwilling to compromise on. If you just push, and push, and push to do everything your way, what response do you expect?
I asked her for alternatives or any other ways to test and she has refused to give me any options. I am fine with being uncomfortable for a test if I deem it safe. If I do have gd, pumping that much glucose into my system can't be good. I have been eating a proper diet based off of the gd chart I was given by the nutritionist at wic and have been taking my blood sugars first thing in the morning and 1 hour after each meal to make sure I am fine. If there was a different test he would allow or if she would try to find a compromise with me I wouldn't be so upset. I understand gd can hurt the baby if not kept under control, which is why I have been keeping track if my blood sugars and eating right.
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I also probably seem a lot more pushy about it here than I am in the office. I'm not *****y or rude to her. I am a very sweet person and very mellow. So I'm sure I seem more angry about it here than she realizes.
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