Sooo at my prenatal appointment last week I ended up doing the one-hour glucose tolerance test as an early screening for gestational diabetes. Normally this test is done between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy but they like to do an earlier screen for overweight women, and since I was going to be sticking around for an hour after the appointment to do our ultrasound, the midwife threw it in.
And I BARELY failed. By TWO lousy milligrams. The cutoff is 140 and I was at 142. Now, the one-hour test is a screening test, not a diagnostic tool, and quite a few women who do not have gestational diabetes flunk the one-hour test. So if you fail that one, you have to do a three-hour test, which involves having your fasting blood sugar tested, then drinking a double dose of glucola (glucose solution) and sticking around the hospital for three hours to have your blood glucose levels checked every hour.
Nice, isn't it? Luckily my hospital has wifi so I can do work between blood draws and I don't have to take a whole morning of sick time, but still. I also got strict instructions about eating enough starch and fruit in the three days leading up to the test before fasting for the last 12 hours before the test. Luckily I'm not afraid of needles, but four blood draws in the space of three hours is really not my idea of fun, you know?
But really I'm worried about the results of the test. I know since I was borderline on the one-hour test I have a decent shot (something like 85%) of NOT having gestational diabetes, but ooh, I REALLY don't want to have it. First of all it sounds like a huge pain--I would have to take a diabetes management CLASS at my hospital, then be extremely careful about what I eat and constantly monitor my own glucose throughout the rest of the pregnancy--but second of all, when I failed the one-hour test I did some reading about gestational diabetes.
And man, I know the articles always make things sound worse than they are, but it was like a series of dire warnings about all the negative effects the condition can have on your baby, not only during pregnancy but AFTER pregnancy, and how it could impact your kid's health years down the line and you have to make sure to tell his pediatrician that you had GD so that they can monitor the child's health appropriately. And of course I immediately started feeling like I had failed Piglet before he was even born, even though there's nothing I could have done other than what I have done (generally eating a healthy, high-protein diet) to prevent it.
Anyway! Most likely I don't have the condition, and I'm trying to just keep telling myself that, and luckily my hospital's lab is very speedy so I should have the results of the test this afternoon. And in the meantime I am headed off to the hospital now for the test, which means that in a few hours I will at least be allowed to EAT. Without testing my glucose afterward, to boot. Fingers crossed that it stays that way.
But in the meantime, the disk with the ultrasound photos showed up in the mail yesterday, so now in addition to the profile shot I scanned in at the time, we can admire some adorable feet! And really, when do baby feet NOT make everything better? With little baby TOES. (The ultrasound report reads, "There is no club foot.")
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