Hello! Happy hump day! I hope you are having a great week! I wanted to write up a blog post about my experience with the glucose screening test, because if it were me, I would have wanted to read a blog post like this before I went in for my test.
So, I had my dreaded glucose screening test this past Monday, and as you can imagine since I just called it the “dreaded glucose screening test” I was not looking forward to it. In fact, I was so nervous about it I had changed my appointment that was supposed to be this Wednesday to Monday just to get it over with. Yes, I didn’t really want to torture myself any longer with the thought of the unknown. What was the unknown, you ask? I had NO idea how my body was going to react to that sugar drink.
To preface, the glucose screening test is used to check for gestational diabetes in pregnant women between weeks 24 & 28 of pregnancy. It is a test where you are given a glucose drink (I believe it contained 50g of glucose), which you are to drink it in 5 minutes, and get your blood drawn 1 hour after you have the glucose drink to check your blood glucose level. A “passing” result is less than 139, and anything over 140 is “not passing”. If you are over the 140 mark, there is another glucose test which is 3 hours long and is different than this one, it includes having to fast, and drinking a glucose drink which contains 100g of glucose. Luckily for the one hour glucose screening test there is no fasting needed, and pretty much no prep beforehand besides just having to drink that sugar drink.
I had read so many horror stories prior to my test day, as well as heard some horror stories about how the drink is AWFUL, how terrible it made everyone feel, how others have actually thrown up the second after drinking it, blah blah blah. You name it, I’ve read/heard about it. Believe me, I did a lot of research on this test and even stalked #glucosetest on Instagram to see what other women have said about it. But, I am here to tell you that it ISN’T THAT BAD! I promise. If I can do it, you can do it.
Let me start though by backing up to Sunday. I had read that you don’t really want to eat a lot of carbs before because it could trigger a “false positive” on your blood glucose level. I also read that you don’t want to eat rice the day before your test, which if you have been around here for a while you know that I eat white rice every single night for dinner with my veggies, but on Sunday you bet I didn’t eat it because there was no way I would trigger a false positive on my levels. I pretty much ate normal all of Sunday though, besides cutting out the rice for dinner.
My doctor told me that I did not need to fast for this test, and to eat normal. She told me that if I were to not eat anything before the test I might feel nauseous or get an upset stomach, so I knew that I had to eat something before. Let me just say, some people prefer to not eat anything before, I’ve heard and read of many women saying that they did not eat anything before the 1 hour test, but for me, I knew I was not going to fast for it. So, Monday morning I woke up around 6, worked out, and at 7:30 I ate a wheat wrap with peanut butter. I did not eat my “normal” breakfast of an english muffin and fruit salad because I didn’t want any added cards and sugars in my system before drinking the glucose drink, and the wheat wrap that I had is high in protein and low in carbs, so I thought it was a good choice of pairing that with some peanut butter an hour and 15 minutes before I had to drink.
I was instructed to drink the glucose drink 30 minutes prior to arriving at the doctors office, so I started drinking it at 8:45, which would mean I would be done it by 8:50, but ended up finishing it at 8:48. (3 minutes, I felt like a champ..haha). I had the orange flavored drink, which I really don’t like things orange flavored, but I am here to tell you that it really wasn’t bad. It tasted like flat orange soda.
My Dad drove me to my appointment (he’s the best), so I didn’t have to worry about having to drive if I started to not feel so great or anything, which I really appreciated because I was really nervous for the blood draw and for just not knowing if I would feel yucky at some point. Luckily I felt totally normal, arrived at my appointment, told them when I finished the drink, and waited a bit. When I got in the room my blood was drawn, I got the tdap shot (you need one every pregnancy, unless you refuse it I guess), and felt like I could breathe a little bit better since the “hard parts” were over.
My doctor eventually came in to listen to baby boy’s heartbeat (still my favorite part!), measure my bump, and talk to me about how I’m feeling/what is to come. She also told me that my results from the glucose screening test would be in by the next day, so if there was anything that needed to be done about it they would call me, and if the results were “normal”, they would be up on the online portal. I told her I do not want a call from her, so “please do not call me”. Lol!! I know of some doctors offices that just do a finger prick to test your levels and give you your results right there, but with the blood draw at my doctors office they also check for anemia.
Once I got home from the doctors I ate a plain bagel and a banana since I had eaten breakfast at 7:30 and it was around 11:30ish at that time, so obviously I was hungry. 😉 I felt pretty normal until later in the afternoon when I started to feel yucky. I didn’t feel nauseous or anything, just tired, had a headache, and was just not feeling good. I basically was on the couch form like 5pm until it was bed time since my headache ended up making me feel worse towards the end of the day. I knew that I would feel much better after some sleep (which happened, I woke up yesterday feeling much better).
I was kind of nervous about my results because I know of so many women who have had to go back to do the 3 hour test, and even getting diagnosed with gestational diabetes, but I knew that I HAD to look at my online portal in the morning to see if my results were in, like around 9:30, and they were! Obviously I was hesitant to press “see my results” but THANK GOD I passed with a result of 79! Praise Jesus!!
I can’t tell you that any of my “tricks” worked, like not eating rice the night before the test, but I can imagine that if I had eaten rice before I probably would have still had a passing score since mine was pretty low.
What I can tell you is that if you are a pregnant mama like me, you CAN DO IT!! Obviously this is not a fun part of pregnancy, but we can do hard things for our sweet babies that are growing inside of us to keep them healthy and growing safely! I kept reminding myself on the day of the test that “I GET to do this. I GET to drink this icky sugar drink because I am pregnant. I GET to get my blood glucose level tested because of this sweet little boy growing inside of me. And trust me, I was really nervous (like shaking nervous before having the drink), but I did it. And you can too. If you need any encouragement or have any questions or anything, please feel free to reach out to me or dm me on my Instagram! You have no idea how many ladies I ended up messaging about their experience with the glucose test prior to mine to try to hear some “good” stories. 🙂
I hope you have a great day! XOXO