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?
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!
take a book, D.
DD: Megan, born 5/19/2012
"Camper" lost 4/5/11 (10w4d)
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!
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.
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. 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.
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!
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