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December 28th, 2009, 07:27 AM
moon~maiden's Avatar Cheryl~ birth truster
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Someone in my DDC is asking if there is any alternative to this test? I am psyched that I won't have to deal with it at all, my midwife doesn't do them. I hated it with Cadie. So dumb too, when does anyone EVER consume that much sugar in that short of a time?

anyone know of anything? Can you refuse it? I bet not.
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December 28th, 2009, 07:35 AM
moon~maiden's Avatar Cheryl~ birth truster
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turns out there is an alternative-

http://www.justmommies.com/forums/f3...hildbirth.html (Websites on Natural Childbirth)
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December 28th, 2009, 08:11 AM
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My birth center does a 2 hour postprandial test for me. My sugars get kind of crazy. Mine climb (to numbers that appear that I'm diabetic), but then they plummet suddenly. This was discovered when I was pg. with my #3 and failed my 1 hour and had to do the 3 hour. When I told my MW the discovery (when I was pg. with #4), she didn't hesitate to say we'd do a 2 hour postprandial test for me. I passed just fine with my fourth. I expect to again this time. I've been testing my sugars at home, so I think I'll be fine.
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December 28th, 2009, 11:15 AM
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My midwife doesn't require them, but prefers if you do them if you were previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Otherwise, she does the random glucose check.

I did a modified one where I had to eat this carb-heavy meal 2 hours before the check. There are two versions. Mine involved eating 1/2 cup veggie soup, two pieces of wheat bread with butter, 4 crackers, a cup of orange juice, 1/2 cup of veggies and a scoop of ice cream (I might be missing something, but it adds up to the same amount of sugar as in that stupid orange drink that makes many of us sick). It was a lot more tolerable to me, although I didn't make it to the ice cream.
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December 28th, 2009, 11:33 AM
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It was optional for me to take the test with my midwives and they said that if I didn't have any previous problems and felt fine, then they didn't see the need to take the test. Thier thoughts were that you would generally have symptoms of GD, so even if you decided not to have the test done, it would be caught. They had never had a problem with a mom having it and not knowing it, despite the optional testing.

I think ALL tests are optional, but every doctor is going to push them.
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December 28th, 2009, 12:20 PM
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I did a modified one where I had to eat this carb-heavy meal 2 hours before the check. There are two versions. Mine involved eating 1/2 cup veggie soup, two pieces of wheat bread with butter, 4 crackers, a cup of orange juice, 1/2 cup of veggies and a scoop of ice cream (I might be missing something, but it adds up to the same amount of sugar as in that stupid orange drink that makes many of us sick). It was a lot more tolerable to me, although I didn't make it to the ice cream.
My two hour postprandial (which is what you had) was supposed to be following a typical meal. Well, I usually have cereal or oatmeal and a glass of juice for breakfast, so that's what I had that day. They didn't tell me what to eat-just said for it to be a typical and hearty breakfast. *shrug*
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December 31st, 2009, 08:34 AM
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I refused my test because they needed me to be there early in the AM which was impossible on my husband's schedule at the time. My MW was actually my doula at the time and when I switched to using her as my MW she said we could do a pancake breakfast to test but that it wasnt necessary. I was also checking my blood sugar daily anyway.
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