Published on December 04, 2015

Glucose testing, part 1

DiabetesMy first pregnancy I failed my one-hour glucose test, but passed the three-hour glucose test. I was not surprised when Dr. Lines told me she was ordering me to do a one-hour glucose test early in my pregnancy this time around, too. I know I’m high risk. I have a family history of diabetes, and even though I’ve been working hard to lose weight this year, I still was carrying more “baggage” around then I wish.

What is a glucose test? It’s disgusting, yet important, so I do it without complaining too much. It is a drink you’ll never forget. It’s a sugary solution that has a high level of glucose in it. For my one-hour, it was a lime flavor, which I prefer over the orange flavor.

For the one-hour test, I only needed to fast for an hour before my appointment. I arrived to the lab at Doran clinic, where they gave me the ultra-sweet drink. An hour after I drank it, they drew my blood. The lab technician told me I would only hear back from them if I failed. Less than 40 minutes later, my phone rang. No surprise. I failed this time, too. This meant I would now be scheduled to do the three-hour glucose test. I passed the first time, so I’ll pass again, right?

About the Author

Mindy WendtMindy Wendt is a mom of twin girls who were born in April 2016! She and her husband Ryan also have two daughters, Taylor (15) and Tessa (4).



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