Published on December 10, 2015

Glucose Testing, part 2

I failed the 1-hour glucose test and was scheduled to complete a 3-hour test. Many women do this around weeks 26-28 in their pregnancy. This can vary depending on the physician and your situation. Due to being a higher risk, I completed mine at week 14. For three days prior to the test, I followed a high carbohydrate diet plan provided to me by my doctor’s office. For example, breakfast was cereal and milk. Snacks were fruit. Lunch was a sandwich, and dinner was a protein, a potato, and vegetable, along with milk. I don’t normally eat this many carbs in one day, and this ‘diet’ was very hard for me. Day four was my 3-hour test. Beginning at 8:00 pm the night before the test, I began fasting. I really just wanted to get the process over with, so I started it the day after I got the call that I failed the 1 hour test. I’m fortunate that Mary Greeley Medical Center’s Laboratory Services are open on Saturday morning so I could complete the test as early as possible in the day, and not have to take a morning off of work.

Blood DrawI arrived at the lab at 6:40 am and camped out in front of their door until they opened at 7:00 am. Luckily, no one called me in as looking suspicious as I sat in the hall playing Candy Crush on my iPad. The downfall to being early, I had to walk through the cafeteria and smell the delicious breakfast they were serving, knowing I had about four more hours to wait before I could eat and breakfast would be over. When it was time to start, they drew my blood to see my fasting numbers. Then I drank the disgusting, super sweet orange drink that every pregnant lady dreads. You really need to chase this with water to make it more tolerable! An hour after drinking it I had my blood drawn, then two hours, and three hours after. I passed the time by watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel (even though it was Halloween morning), and conquered a few more levels on Candy Crush. Three hours and 45 minutes and four blood draws later, I was finally done. I felt like a pin cushion and a bit shaky, which was the only side effect I had. I grabbed a snack from the cafeteria and headed home.

Last time I failed my 1-hour, I passed my 3-hour. This time, I wasn’t as confident.

About the Author

Mindy WendtMindy Wendt is a mom with twins on the way! She also works in the Human Resources Department at Mary Greeley Medical Center. She and her husband Ryan currently have two daughters, Taylor (14) and Tessa (3).



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