Anyone Familiar With Glucose Screening

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evae777 - October 8

I went to the doc today got the results back from a glucose screening. he told me my blood sugar was a little high. the highest you can go that is still normal is 140 and mine was 182. so i have to go back and do a 3 hour screening where they take my blood a few times in 3 hours. he told me that some people tend to behave more before the 2nd test and they cut down on the sugar. my question is... does the amount of sugar intake directly determine whether or not i am diabetic? and if so, is that a terrible thing? seems like a lot of people are afraid of getting diabetes, and i know nothing about it and i am scared that i may have diabetes and have to take medication and injections, etc. if anyone knows how this stuff works can you educate me please??

 

evae777 - October 8

also, what are the long term affects of diabetes. what about those that don't even know they have it? I only got tested because it is a requirement since i am pregnant. and will this have negative affects on the fetus?

 

cattac - October 9

Hey with both of my first two pregnancies i also failed the first test and had to do the three hr test. I ended up pa__sing my 3 hr both times. With my first time the dr told me to eat a lot of carbs (simple carbs) for the three days leading up to it. I didnt necessarily understand why but I did and pa__sed. The second time around (different dr and practice) they told me not to do anything different and I really dont think I did and I pa__sed. I basically think if you have GD you have it and there's nothing you can do beforehand/days leading up to the test to control your blood sugar or alter how it will react to the drink. If you have GD it will show if you dont you wont. I just think you should act normally/no different. I'm sure I will fail the test this time and I'm actually just asking to go straight to the three hr! I'm almost positive I will have GD this time around- just a feeling. Diabetes runs in both sides of my family and if I'm not mistaken that puts me at a higher risk for it. The amount of sugar you ingest will not influence whether or not you have diabetes. You may develop diabetes during pregnancy because during pregnancy sometimes the way in which your body reacts to and "digests" sugar is altered and your body can't break down the sugar like it should. If you do end up having it you do not necessarily have to have injections or medicine. I know people that had it and had neither. Everyone has to stick to a pretty strict diet for the rest of the pregnancy and you do have to monitor your blood sugar several times a day. I think almost everyone starts out monitoring the food they eat and if you can't control it that way they think of different alternatives such as injections but I dont think that's as common. If you do have GD it does not necessarily mean you will have diabetes forever. Most people are fine after they have the baby. There are a few, however, that continue to have it. When is your three hr test? It will possibly only have negative effects on the fetus if you do not watch what you eat if you do have GD. You need to keep your blood sugar at a normal level and if you have GD you have to monitor the sugars and if your blood sugar is consistently too high it's not good for the baby just as it's not good for you either.

 

January - October 9

If it is gestational diabetes, it will go away once you deliver. The side effects of the medication and insulin (if you even require either one) are nothing compared to what could happen if you don't treat the diabetes. Babies born to mom's with diabetes tend to be larger, their lungs tend to develope slower but other than that it's fine. Do a search online and you will find a lot of useful information.

 

evae777 - October 9

is gestational diabetes different from just... diabetes? i'm a little confused

 

cattac - October 9

GD is diabetes but it's different in that most of the time it goes away. I say most because I do know a friend and a family member of mine where it did not go away after the baby was born. They did not take great care of themselves and treat it like they should have while pregnant. If you end up having it it's not the end of the world you just take care of yourself and treat it as the dr and nutritionist tell you to and you should be ok.

 

sahm2alaj - October 9

I had to do the 3 hour screening because my doctor said there was high traces of sugar detected in my urine. Needless to say I cut sugar from my diet until i got my results back. Everything turned out okay, but my SIL scared me to death with some of the side effects of GD. She is a labor and delivery nurse so she sees it all. Apparently if you develop GD you could stay diabetic for the rest of your life and I couldnt imagine living like that. Also, most of the time women with GD have to deliver by c-section because the babies are sometimes too large to deliver naturally. I have 2 children already that I delivered naturally so I do not want to go through a c-section. From what I read GD is more common the more pregnancies you have and the older you are. Good luck with your screening.

 

cattac - October 9

sahm2alaj....oh GREAT...I figured I would probably have GD this time. Like I said before my blood sugar was high for both pregnancies my first test and was actually a lot higher with my second. I'm kind of a__suming I'm going to have GD this time around. Have you already found out about GD? My cousin was an L&D nurse and the one thing (like you said) is the size of the baby. EVAE you may be more likely to have a bigger baby with gd and therefore deliver by section but there are plenty of people with gd that go on to have normal v____al deliveries. sahm2alaj....did you ask your SIL if they have to induce early with GD patients?

 

sahm2alaj - October 9

cattac... didn't mean to frighten anyone :) My SIL did mention that some doctors will induce, but it all depends on the pregnancy. I did get my results back from the screening and everything came back perfect so i celebrated with cake! I'm sure everyone's results will be fine!!

 

cattac - October 9

you're like me!!! I'd celebrate with a pixie stick or fun dip!

 

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