Yup, booked for one in 3 weeks' time. Planning to come home and eat porridge at the moment! Can't afford an off-day as self-employed....
I was trying to explain to the stand-in midwife that coming down at 8.30 for the test was a nightmare as it's right in the middle of breakfast - we run a hotel - and I've been told by the consultant not to rush around between lucozade and second test. She pooh-poohed the sitting still bit (hmm, do I believe the consultant or the midwife) and basically said it was 8.30am or nothing.
To be honest, I was really really worried about mine (I ALWAYS eat in the morning and I have low blood pressure and low blood sugar levels, etc).... but I thought it was actually really really easy (even though it was done on a very hot day!!).... Do you need to get the "sirup" in advance (we do here in Germany)? I put it in the fridge the night before so it was nice and cool. Tasted of sweet grape juice, not bad at all. Also fills you up quite a bit. Take some still water, which you are allowed to sip in between (1-2 glasses per hour) - that really helped! After the two hours I ate a big sandwich and felt normal!! Just take magazines, books, ipod, etc - it'll go very very quickly....would do it again anytime
I had my third yesterday and came home & had a massive fry up (well, grill up ) as I forgot to take anything to eat. I agree with eating as soon as you've had the second test but also try eating low GI for a day or two before the test (lots of oats/veg/protein etc - no sugar/white bread/rice) that will help your body cope (oats are very sugar stabilising) Hope all goes well for you
Just don't do what I did and have steriod injections in between the test!! The hospital had booked me in for the two things on the same day, and i knew that I had to return 12 hours later to have the 2nd steriod injection, and didn't fancy going back at midnight, so went to have the steriod injection done between the two GTT tests. The result is one messed up GTT and me having to go back on thursday to have it repeated.. I am not looking forward to it again!!
I felt pretty horrendous after mine too. I'd had a nightmare getting to the hospital on the trains/tubes so I was late, stressed and flustered and very hungry! It was lucozade at my hospital and they didn't let you walk around. I just went to the hospital shop afterwards and got a sweet drink and some crisps. Not very healthy but I just desperately needed some energy.
I've actually moved hospitals and my new hospital says they don't do the GTT because they don't think it's a particularly reliable test. My dad's diabetic and he agrees. He was surprised that hospitals routinely did GTT tests. If you're really worried about it maybe you could tell your doctor or midwife that you'd rather not do the GTT and ask to do a normal blood glucose test instead (one where you don't have to fast)?
I felt terrible after mine ended up back in hospital that afternoon and didnt get home for 3 days
Take water with you, some food to eat once its done, a good book.
And its not luczade it a horrible sticky drink [sick]
I've has a few gtts - the ones in pregnancy were all lucozade-based (which has convinced me that Lucozade is the work of the devil and should not be sold as a recreational drink). Have also had one with a high sugar solution - it made me feel really sick and shaky. The Lucozade ones were fine in comparison.
I had this test twice with my llast pregnancy and had to have chocolate bars as I needed somemthing immediately. Cant say it worked, but then choc prob wasnt the best thing. But defo take something to eat.
I had a GTT and i did feel a bit dodgy after I had the bloodtest - but I had put a load of chocolate in my bag and immediately scoffed that and felt better! Then I had a cup of tea and was fine. Don't rush out of the hospital and drive, have a snack and cup of tea in the cafe first if you can.
Not sure if there's a "good" reason for it. I had a lot of trouble conceiving (5 years, Clomid, no joy - the BFP this year after giving up) and because I'd had some of the markers for PCOS (but no cysts, and no elevated testosterone) the consultant wants to rule out diabetes at this stage rather than waiting for things to get 'out of hand' as he put it.
It's not routine here, no, but I'm relatively heavy (80kg pre-preg) and I think he just wants to rule out any further complications.
Porridge is my breakfast of choice at the mo, but I'll lay off the sweet-and-stickies for a while before the test as you suggest.