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I failed.

I failed my 1 hr GTT. By a lot. My level was 170.

I have to take the 3 hour on Friday.

Anyone else fail or have prior experience with the 3 hour test?

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I took the 3 hour with DD1 and I passed it. I just remember having to fast before hand and being hungry at the appt lol. I have to take the 3 hour too (I have to call and make an appt but I wanted to be off my antibiotics just in case for some reason that had an effect on my results!) and I'm hoping I pass the 3 hour too. I have a friend who just gave birth and she had GD and said she had to go on a strict diet. I know my dr said she would help set up a diet thing with me if I failed the 3 hour test.

Honestly, I don't think I have GD and I'm hoping I'm right because I dunno how I would do on a strict diet! LOL!

Hope you pass your 3 hour!

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"KET_2010" wrote:

(I have to call and make an appt but I wanted to be off my antibiotics just in case for some reason that had an effect on my results!)

If you have an infection it will actually make your blood sugar levels higher then normal... So will alot of stress.

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take a book, D.

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"AleyFamily08" wrote:

If you have an infection it will actually make your blood sugar levels higher then normal... So will alot of stress.

I take my last dose tonight (shew! I hate how that stuff tastes!) and then will be calling Friday to make my appt for next week.

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take a book, D.

I second that!

Also, I forgot to add that you can't walk around because that will effect the results, so be prepared to sit and every hour (and I believe before you start maybe) that they will draw blood (at least I think that's what the nurse told me). Fun!

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sorry you have to go back for more pokes! Sad

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I failed the 1 hr test with both of my previous kids and I failed the 2 hr test with DD, so I had GD with her. Here is some advice 1- 2-3 days before the test, eat really well. Lots of protein and veggies, eat whole grain carbs but not too much just avoid high carb meals white pasta etc. Stay away from extra sugars (juices, candy, white carbs). 2- The night before your test, right before you start to fast, eat some really good protein, have some milk or yogurt. This will help your fasting glucose level, protein takes longer to digest and drops your fasting glucose level. Other then that take a book and try not to worry about it too much.

This advice helped me pass this time, so no GD for me this time around.

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I failed the 1 hour and opted just to monitor my sugars for the remainder of the pregnancy. I scored a 169.

For the three hour, my doctor's office (and all offices are different!) gives out a sheet for a diet to follow for the 3 days before. Fast 10-12 hours and then go in. Bring a book / laptop / knitting.. something. They will do a fasting draw and then give you the Glucola to drink. You only have like 5 minutes to drink it and they watch you. Then you go sit and wait. They wouldn't let me walk at all, well unless it was to the bathroom. Wink then they took blood 1 hour, 2 hours and 3 hours after. A lot of poking and prodding is not fun! My office fails you if you fail 2 out of 4 numbers. I think their guidelines were under 95 for fasting, then 180 1 hour, 140 2 hour, 120 3 hour. The difference between this and the one hour test is that you only drink 50g of glucola normally. 75g for this test (though some do 100g i think)

If you fail, don't worry or be too frightened. It's really not a death sentence! You may find you can't tolerate juices / pastas / sweets, but it really depends on your body. For me, pasta and juice are off limits now, they make my numbers high. Yet a cup of ice cream and my numbers are way low after an hour.

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I have a question about the dieting if you fail.

Since I've never had it with my previous pregnancies I don't know, but does how strict your diet needs to become after the test depend on how bad you failed the test?

Also, my OB is still doing every 4 week appts, but she said if I fail I would start 2 week visits sooner. Speaking of which, I guess I should go ahead and schedule my 3 hour test!

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No, your diet isn't based on how bad you fail the test. If your numbers are crazy high, they may suggest insulin sooner.

The guidelines I was given today were these:

Fasting under 90. Take as soon as you wake up, before doing a lot of movement.

Breakfast: 30-45g carbs
Lunch: 45-60g carbs
Dinner: 45-60g carbs
Snacks: 15-30g carbs

2 hours after start of meal (assuming you don't take an hour to eat!) - sugars under 120

I will have to adjust accordingly to how my body responds. I tend to eat my biggest carb meal at lunch. I like to keep my breakfast lower. I don't do a morning snack, because I eat lunch early at work, but I do an afternoon and sometimes evening before bed.

The dietician stressed that carbs are still necessary and healthy. And for me not to worry if my numbers start to go up as I near the end of pregnancy and need to have insulin help. It's better to keep eating healthy and get the extra help than to deny myself (and the baby!) nutrients.

Typical day for me:

B: 1 cup cooked oatmeal w/ 1T peanut butter: 30g carbs / 1 egg, english muffin, cheese and ham: 30g carbs
L: usually left overs from dinner! but can be a small salad w/ 2 T dressing, cup of grapes, low carb sara lee bread w/mustard and ham and tomato : 45g carbs
S: 1 cup popcorn / light yogurt w/granola / 2 sheets graham crackers w/peanut butter : 30g carbs
D: protein (chicken / beef), veggie (green beans/broccoli/zucchini/asparagus/corn/carrot), starch (small potato / rice): 45g depending on veggie

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The diet is adjusted to how your body reacts. If you fail you have to start monitoring your blood sugars, ie poking yourself and testing your blood. If you really fail, it does mean that your body tolerates sugar not as well, if you just fail then your body tolerates it better but it is the monitoring that will adjust your diet. With DD I just failed and found that I did not have to change my diet too much but did have to be on insulin in the evening and morning becuase my morning blood sugar was always high. But others have had to drastically change their diet, so it all depends on your blood sugars.

I did not find it too bad, and it did make me eat healthier.

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good luck today, D

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Finally got my 3 hour scheduled...Wed at 8 am. FUN!

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"KET_2010" wrote:

Finally got my 3 hour scheduled...Wed at 8 am. FUN!

Just had my 3 hour this morning. My right arm looks like I'm a junkie and is kind of sore from the repeated poking. Now I just wait for the results...

Good luck Wednesday!

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"daria" wrote:

Just had my 3 hour this morning. My right arm looks like I'm a junkie and is kind of sore from the repeated poking. Now I just wait for the results...

Good luck Wednesday!

Hope you pass your 3 hour!

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Well, I failed the 3 hour as well.

I meet with a dietitian tomorrow morning. Sad

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So sorry you failed the 3hr test too! Hope the nutritionist can help asap!

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Too bad... hopefully you can control with diet!!

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Aw that stinks! I was really hoping you'd pass.

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Sorry to hear you failed. Good luck though, we're here to help / listen to rants/ etc!

First week for me testing and I'm still playing with what my limits are. Biggrin

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I'm sorry you are having to deal with GD. There as a lady on my DD's BB who had it too and she said the diet is strict but overall not too bad, so hopefully you'll be able to manage it well with the diet. KUP on how it goes with the nutritionist.