Glucose Tolerance Test

I did the glucose tolerance test yesterday morning. (For those who don’t know, it’s to find out if you have gestational diabetes.) They gave me lemon-lime for the test because I had orange last time. So I’ve been told that this test was horrible and the stuff is nasty tasting. (We used to have a can of some glucose powder mix that we drank when we were little. It didn’t taste nasty to me, so I’m wondering what it is that they used to give this test before.) I guess that must have been before the flavors came out. Because we were still living in SF during my first pregnancy, I had the test done at a lab in Daly City, and they had a different brand of glucose drink. To me, the orange drink tasted like melted orange popsicle. This time around, the lemon-lime drink tasted way more carbonated than last. It was like a supersweet 7-Up.

Anyhow, you have 5 minutes to down the thing (which is hard to do when it’s carbonated like that…it’s 10 oz). You can’t eat 1 hour prior and following, as some foods (like a big scoop of chocolate ice cream topped with the works) may alter the results of the test. I don’t think anyone wants to have to go back to take the 3-hour test. There’s also a warning on the label that the drink can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or fainting. Yikes! So I did this in the morning yesterday, and went in to get my blood drawn after an hour. (Read my previous experience of blood work at the center on my momaroo blog. Luckily, I got another nurse this time, and there was no digging into my veins this time around. Whew!) We should be getting the results back by Wednesday. Like any test I take, I hope I passed!

– Joyce

5 thoughts on “Glucose Tolerance Test

  1. I remember having to down that fizzy beverage when I was preggers with my son. I drank it as fast as possible. After that, I had quite the buzz. 🙂 Other women in the lobby were opting to eat jelly beans. I thought maybe I should have chosen that but I was thankful when I was done and they were complaining that they couldn’t possibly eat one more.

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