31+1 and Test Results

I went in on Saturday to do my 3 hour glucose tolerance test. Let me tell you that if you’re looking for a super fun, exciting way to spend half your Saturday….that is not the way to do it LOL Luckily I had a couple World Cup games to watch while I waited between blood draws.

For those not familiar with this test it consists of fasting for 8 hours before. Then you go in and they draw your blood and check your fasting blood sugar level. They then give you 10oz of sugar to drink…well it’s 10oz of liquid with 100g of sugar in it. You have 5 minutes to drink it and a word to the wise, don’t try to chug it. Take the 5 minutes, your stomach will thank you. Then you have your blood drawn 1 hour later, 2 hours later, and 3 hours later. You can’t leave the lab area in the time and you can’t eat anything until after the last draw. You can drink water throughout though.

The way my lab does it is they run your initial and last draw through a glucometer before they send them to the lab so they can see those two numbers immediately. The middle two draws just go to the lab. The tech explained that they do this so they can make sure your fasting level isn’t too high because if it was then they wouldn’t want to give you the drink full of sugar. They do it the last time to make sure the level isn’t too low before you drive home.

So here are my results:
Draw: Guideline: My Number:

Fasting <95 78

1 hour <180 178

2 hour <155 152

3 hour <140 72

So according to the guidelines I technically passed. The nurse who called me with my results said that my OB hadn’t seen them yet and she may recommend some diet modifications or something, but that I had passed. I have an OB appointment on Thursday so I’m sure we’ll discuss the results then. I’m very curious to see what she’ll recommend or want me to do. I’m really hoping she doesn’t want to redo the test between now and my due date (I read sometimes providers will have the test redone in 4 weeks). I’m also interested in how this will affect my labor/delivery plans. With gestational diabetes they don’t let you go past your due date as the placenta can breakdown faster and the baby can be bigger. So I was induced at 40 weeks last pregnancy. Since I have technically passed the GD test I’m curious if she’ll just let me go into labor naturally, if she’ll want to induce close to my due date because the numbers were so close, or if she’ll recommend an induction around 41, or something else. Being type A I like to have a rough outline of the plan even though I’m usually pretty good with any last minute changes, I really like to have an idea. With all these variables and scenarios rattling around my head I’m looking forward to getting some answers this Thursday.

Weekly Update

How far along: 31+1

How big is baby: about the size of an otter minus the tail, around 17.5 inches long and just over 3.5 pounds

Symptoms: Still tired, I don’t really see that symptom going anywhere before she’s born. Fewer Braxton Hicks recently which is nice. I’m noticing a little swelling in my feet if it’s hot and I’m up and around a lot. It’s not bad, but my socks left nice marks on my ankles the other day

Movement: She’s slowed down a bit, I think because she has less and less room. She’s still very active, but just less so than she was a couple weeks ago (she’s kicking and rolling as I type this)

Sleep: It’s better now that I’m over the cold I had last week. I don’t sleep well when my nose is stuffy.

Miss anything? not being so tired or getting out of breath so easily

Food cravings? sweets, Mexican food

Anything making you queasy or sick? eating too much. My stomach is definitely getting more cramped in there

Best moment of the week? Taking my son to see Jurassic World yesterday. He was sooo excited and enjoyed it so much

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