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How essential is GTT

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Titchypanda Wed 10-Aug-16 09:02:42

My midwife has referred me for GTT. Bizarrely I am allergic to colourants used in energy drinks and they affect my breathing. Is there a way to find out the exact ingredients in the drink they give you? I'm not willing to put myself through a test that's going to make it difficult for me to breathe for rest of day if it's not essential.

Any advice please?

KittyandTeal Wed 10-Aug-16 12:37:59

Have you called your screening midwife? They may well have an alternative you can have or some sort of protocol for people with allergies.

It's not worth risking a nasty reaction if you can avoid it.

Andbabymakesthree Wed 10-Aug-16 12:41:02

If you look at the NICE guidelines you can find monitor your bloods.

The GTT can be quite a flawed test. I have declined it this time around and agreed to home monitor.

SpeakNoWords Wed 10-Aug-16 12:42:06

They use lucozade because it contains the right amount of sugars etc for the test, but I'm fairly certain the hospital could provide a simple sugar solution for the test if you explain the situation.

Andbabymakesthree Wed 10-Aug-16 12:42:47

Also I'd want to know exactly under what criteria they wanted me to have the GTT.

some trusts use luzokade and others used a glucose syrup. They actually should tell you ingredients if you ask.

Andbabymakesthree Wed 10-Aug-16 12:43:16

*home monitor.

TrouserSnake Wed 10-Aug-16 12:45:39

I had a simple glucose syrup as I can't drink caffeine. It wasn't an issue at all. Tastes revolting though!

Rinceoir Wed 10-Aug-16 12:46:41

They can use anhydrous glucose powder mixed with water, the equivalent number of glucose tablets or as others have said monitor your bloods instead. I would call your midwife and ask to be put in touch with hospital pharmacist or diabetes specialist midwife to discuss it.

Oysterbabe Thu 11-Aug-16 16:26:52

The test itself is quite important as you'll need to carefully monitor your blood sugar if you have GD.

CustardOmlet Sat 13-Aug-16 18:02:11

If unmonitored GD can be lethal, however as you say challenging breathing is just as bad. Contact the GD specialist and they will advise a best plan.

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