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Need a glucose tolerance test - please reassure

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Eviepoo Mon 06-Jun-11 19:18:16

My 28w bloods came back low iron - not a problem iron tablets started.
But because of my glucose result I need to go on Friday for a GTT. I am worried, ok so googling about the test and gestational diabetes probably didn't help me stop worrying. Anyone had this done? Was everything ok? Did they manage the diabetes ok and was baby ok?
I'm 29+1 now and been feeling crap for ages.
I'm I just being a worry? Had a few emotional tears.

SOmanygirls Mon 06-Jun-11 19:30:20

I had gestational diabetes in my last pregnancy. The glucose tolerance test tastes disgusting but is painless!!! My diabetes was managed initially with diet but then with insulin. I was induced 2 weeks early (as is everyone who has gestational diabetes) and was put on a sliding scale insulin drip during labour. A bit restricting but baby's health is more important. It can all be managed with diet if you are diabetic and you may not need to have insulin. You can also be given a tablet but this didn't work for me either. You are monitored very closely so I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just be sensible with your diet, follow a low GI diet basically and not too much sugar. You'll be absolutely fine I'm sure! Good luck!

Firawla Mon 06-Jun-11 19:59:57

dont panic yet you never know it may come back as ok!!
if not, it's not great but as somanygirls said it can be managed and hopefully will be okay, i think its quite common. i have it too in this pregnancy and just been told to monitor blood sugars with a kit they give out, and have been put on some tablets for now. i know a few people who had it and their dc are all fine. if you do have it the midwife will call you in and explain more to you, as i know at first it seems quite confusing, also they will give you more appointments so they keep an eye on you, extra scans etc

tonksy83 Mon 06-Jun-11 20:56:47


I had my GTT scan today....I'll be honest the drink isnt too bad to drink, just hold you nose, however it does repeat on you. I found out today that I will also have to have one again at 28 weeks, which I wasnt aware of. I need to call my hosiptal tomorrow and find out the results. I was also worried, but now I have been I feel its for the best. My BMI is 30, I am a size 16...well now with a belly. I beat myself up as I have neber been this big before, and my pregnany was a suprise. Plus eating is difficult as I am off my food, and only really fancy chicken burgers and puddings! However I am following a low GI as recomended by somanygirls. Just having to say no to my cravings.

Please let us know how you got on. We can swap results x

Ukulele80 Mon 06-Jun-11 22:13:00

hiya, I am also 29 weeks +1, just found out am anaemic and having my GTT tomorrow so sounds like we are similar paths. am more worried about getting my iron up than the GTT as am sick of being so irrationally tired all the time, plus I have a very large fibroid so doc is worried about me going into labour anaemic as am likley to lose a lot of blood. hope your GTT goes ok I have never had one before but can report back after tomorrow!

princessdave Mon 06-Jun-11 22:15:10

I had the GTT last Wednesday, they take blood, give you a plastic cup of glucose drink (tastes like flat lucozade, was absolutely fine) leave you for two hours then take more blood. I was really worried as Dad is on insulin for late onset as were both my paternal grandparents but they said they'd ring the next day if GD was detected - they didn't call thankfully.

I hope your's also comes back normal, they seem to operate a no news is good new policy in Basingstoke. Take lots of reading material, 2 hours is a long time when you are also really hungry and your baby is kickng lumps out of you! smile

mouseanon Mon 06-Jun-11 22:17:33

I've had a GTT in this and previous pg. The test is not the most fun but it's not too horrendous. I had to fast from 10pm until the test in the morning. They took a blood test, gave me lucozade to drink, then I had to wait 2 hours for the next blood test. Take something to do! A magazine or book or something. In my case both times I've had the test it's come back as ok so I'm afraid I can't advise about GD at all.

ThatllDoPig Mon 06-Jun-11 22:17:38

Don't worry, the test is a yucky drink, but then you get to sit around for a couple of hours.
Make sure you take some food with you that you can eat as soon as it if over, as you will be starving, it is a fasting test, you're not allowed breakfast first!
All will be ok, you will get the results quickly, and if you do have GD then there is a lot of support and you will manage. Some people actually have very positive stories about diet changing and life changing.

mouseanon Mon 06-Jun-11 22:18:19

Oh and take something to eat as soon as you get out as well.

squirrel007 Mon 06-Jun-11 22:58:42

I had to have a GTT because my 28 week bloods came back high for glucose, and it turns out that I do have GD. I had a few emotional tears at the time, but actually the thought of it has been worse than the reality. Now I'm monitored quite closely and am 35 weeks so just a few more weeks to go. it is something that is very well understood and relatively common, so they do know how to treat it smile

Definitely agree with taking something to eat and read. Fingers crossed that you get the all clear!

Hormoneoverload Tue 07-Jun-11 07:26:19

I had gtt because of being big dates. No problem with drink, like strong squash or flat pop, felt quite hungry by the end and a bit weak, so def take something to eat afterwards. But child free two hours between bloods not so bad! The worst thing was school run for other two after no breakfast! All came back fine, which I imagine more do than not. Can't help on what happens if not, others will I'm sure

Eviepoo Tue 07-Jun-11 09:22:00

Thank you so much for all your comments ladies - I do appreciate your stories, reassurance and advice. My DH told me to take the iPad and play games lol. He did offer to come with me but he would just be bored too and he is already feeling behind at work. I will be okay.

My surgery must be cheap as they told me to take 2 x 380ml bottles of original lucozade - at least I know I like it.

I am slightly worried about throwing up in the surgery as I have had MS all the way through and if I don't eat within about 30mins of getting up I start retching. At least 2 bottles of lucozade might keep off the hunger for a while smile
I will take a bagel with me - for immediatly after they took the second lot of bloods - thats a great idea.

tonksy83 we sound a similar size - I too have a BMI of around 30 and I am a 14/16.
I keep my diet fairly balanced (have too or my IBS gives me grief) ok so I am no angel but I am not junk food junky either and in this PG the sheer thought of anything unhealthy makes me boke. (Chips are the stuff of nightmares whereas baby new pots are yummy) I too have been off food in general. My cravings have been chicken and greens, Ice lollies and fruit - lots of fruit - I'm thinking that the amount of fruit may be bad as I have to admit it's full of sugars - good ones but sugars none the less. Maybe it is accounting for the glucose imbalance - but here I am second guessing again. Bad Evie.

Ukulele80 ooh due the same day grin - yes keep me posted how you get on

humph123 Tue 07-Jun-11 13:52:04

traces of glucose have been found in my water. i had a GTT test and it came back negative. they have found traces of glucose in my water since but this can happen from time to time. they sent off my blood and again came back negative. the GTT test is fine, you can take your own lucozade if you prefer (has to be the original).

Firawla Tue 07-Jun-11 19:57:10

didnt know you're allowed to bring your own lucazade! if i ever have to have it again i'm bringing my own then, my hosp gave out this fowl drink instead of lucazade. i was thinking must be due the cuts or something. was a nasty surprise as i had gtt with my previous pregnancy and was given the real one then. def worth bringing your own if they give out that other drink, it tastes like sweet gloop, sooo thick and gross

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