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refusing the glucose test...why????

Posted by on Dec. 1, 2012 at 5:19 PM
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Why would you want to refuse that test?

What if you in fact had gest diabetes?

You wouldnt know because you refused that test and you may be putting your baby in danger...dont say "well I can just test my sugars at home"..whats the point in doing that if your refusing to do it the doc way or think "well I dont have gest diabetes I didnt with my others"..things change..every pregnancy is different.... I believe in doing the test my doc provide so I know my baby is healthy and Im doing everything I can to keep her that way and myself....

Im not bashing anyone but I just wanna know why you would want refuse any testing for you or your baby....
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by on Dec. 1, 2012 at 5:24 PM
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Because I never put that amount of processed, high-sugar crap in my body at any one time ever in my pregnancy, why would I for a test?  It makes me feel horrible afterwards.  I allowed my doc to do a couple random blood sugar finger pricks at my appointments and that was enough to know that I didn't have GD.

by on Dec. 1, 2012 at 5:26 PM
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GESTATIONAL DIABETES Gail Hart (Gist of Midwifery)

  • A certain portion of people are unaware they have diabetes Mellitus until their symptoms become severe enough to send them to the doctor or hospital.

  • Some of these unknown diabetics are women who will become pregnant, and their diabetes will first be discovered during routine prenatal care.

  • A certain portion of women with very mild diabetes – often unknown diabetics – will demonstrate symptoms of diabetes only under the stress of pregnancy.

  • Diabetes can be a dangerous disease with serious risks for the baby and for the pregnant woman.

Diabetes mellitus

  • Diagnosed by symptoms and clinical signs, confirmed by lab results

Gestational diabetes”

  • Diagnosed solely by lab values (elevated screens or GTT)

  • No symptoms or signs

Risks of Diabetes mellitus in pregnancy

  • fetal malformations (possibly caused by medications). Most common is poorly formed hips.

  • A baby who is under-mature for his gestational age (still “premie” at 37 weeks, lungs not mature)

  • Maternal high blood pressure, PIH, pre-eclampsia more common, more severe

  • Stillbirth more common

  • Very large baby more common (risks of birth trauma)

  • Unexplained late term stillbirth risk increased if diabetes poorly controlled

  • Risk of hypoglycemic baby after birth (cure is to feed baby!)

  • Diabetes mellitus symptoms, signs, and blood sugars all increased in pregnancy.

  • Increased symptoms require increased insulin

Risks of “Gestational Diabetes”

  • No risks to mother or baby

  • SOLE risk is of having a larger than average baby (above 9 pounds)


Women metabolize sugar differently when they are pregnant. The swings between high and low are larger (it’s one cause of morning sickness). The normal blood sugar levels are slightly elevated from non-pregnant. This makes it harder to distinguish between normal elevation and mild diabetes.

Diabetic women frequently spill glucose, but occasional glycosuria is common in pregnancy among non-diabetic women. Daily testing shows that most women will spill sugar a few times during pregnancy (generally after a high sugar meal).

Diabetes Mellitus can elevate maternal and fetal risks in pregnancy. Every effort should be made to discover the “hidden diabetic” or the “borderline diabetic” who may develop the condition while pregnant. Testing methods have recently been devised to detect hidden diabetics. These tests rely on large doses of glucose to force a “stress situation” and expose the hidden diabetic. The tests are controversial because it is does not mimic a normal situation, and high numbers of women will fail the test, even though they do not have diabetes. Most of the women who fail the test, will pass it on another day (test is not reproducible).a better test to detect Diabetes Mellitus is the A1c. The A1c will be normal in many women who fail the Glucose Tolerance Test.

Even though normal non-diabetic women’s blood sugar NORMALY runs higher, the levels used to “discover” diabetes in pregnancy are actually set LOWER than when not pregnant! (the levels seem to be rather arbitrary. I can find no data to support lower ranges in pregnancy; the levels are based on theory)

The test recommended by the ADA to discover diabetes in non-pregnant people is the 75 gram two hour screen. Normal values are at:

fasting <115

1 hour < 200

2 hours < 140.

Often, pregnant women are arbitrarily given the 50gm 3 hour challenge, with varying “normal” results listed by different sources (results seem to be based purely on opinion)

NDDG scale

Fasting <105

1 hour < 190

2 hours < 165

3 hours < 145

or another one: (Carpenter and Coustan)

fasting < 95

1 hour < 180

2 hours < 155

3 hours < 140.

Each of these scales is equally acceptable. The decision to call a woman “gestational diabetic” rests upon which chart the careprovider prefers.

Queston without answer: Is this logical? Why should pregnant women be assigned normal values LOWER than the levels which would trigger a diagnosis when they are not pregnant? A “logical” approach would be to assign levels a bit higher – or even a number unchanged from the non-pregnancy “normal values”.

The American Diabetes Association recommends that every pregnant woman be screened with a one hour 50 gram test (values taken at fasting and at one hour).

This test is similar to a simple post-prandial screen (values taken one hour after a meal).

A value over 140 requires a follow-up 3-hour GTT. However, because blood sugars run higher in pregnancy – even in non-diabetic women -- about 15% of women will “fail” the 50 GM screen and become candidates for the 3-hour GTT.

The timing of the test is also important also. The most accurate time for screening is between 24 to 28 weeks – although many people do the tests without respect to gestational age.

According to ACOG, women who fit all the low risk categories do not “need” to be screened:

  • under 25 years of age,

  • not “morbidly obese”

  • no family history

  • not a high risk ethnic group

A competing view is that EVERY woman should be screened – regardless of risk status – because of the theoretical chance of discovering a case of hidden diabetes.

Gestational diabetes in and of itself – does not actually exist as a “disease process”

Distinction between Diabetes Mellitus and “Gestational Diabetes”

  • Gestational Diabetes” is without symptoms, signs or effects on baby

  • Fasting glucose and post-prandials normal or only slightly elevated

  • A1c is not elevated

  • No – or rare – gylcosuria

  • No ketosis

A woman with diabetes mellitus – regardless of when it is first discovered – has blood values far in excess of those used to diagnose “gestational diabetes”. She will usually have a history of insulin-dependent diabetes among family members, and show SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS of diabetes:

  • excessive weight loss or weight gain

  • extreme thirst

  • poly-uria (increased frequency, and larger amounts of. urine)

  • glycosuruia. —sugar in the urine

  • ketonuria – ketones in the urine

  • Possibly cardiovascular symptoms – leading to high blood pressure

  • Poor healing of cuts and scrapes

  • Frequent infections, including vaginal yeast infections

In pregnancy:

  • the fundal heights will usually be large-for-dates

  • the baby will be large-for-dates;

  • excessive amniotic fluid (hydramnios) is common

The rate of large babies is statistically the same even when a woman follows a “gestational diabetes diet” . Studies of women who followed a diabetic diet and also took insulin, show an average reduction in fetal size of about a quarter of a pound –not obstetrically significant.

. Most babies can be born vaginally – even very large babies.

Avoid induction.i

Avoid induction

A prospective study of 262 women with macrosomic babies as predicted by sonography (over 90th percentile). Half (115) had an elective induction with macrosomia as the only indication. induced for macrosomia. With elective induction, the cesarean rate was 57%, significantly higher than the 31% rate with spontaneous labor (P < .01). The induced group also had a significantly higher EFW and birth weight. When logistic regression was used to control for birth weight, parity, and care provider, elective induction was still associated with a higher risk of cesarean delivery than was spontaneous labor (adjusted odds ratio 2.7, 95% confidence interval 1.2-5.9; P < .02) Obstet Gynecol 1993 Apr;81(4):492-6 Elective induction versus spontaneous labor after sonographic diagnosis of fetal macrosomia. Combs CA, Singh NB, Khoury JC.

Induction of labor for “impending macrosmia” raises the cesarean rate, without improving outcomes.ii

The antenatal prediction of fetal macrosomia is associated with a marked increase in cesarean deliveries without a significant reduction in the incidence of shoulder dystocia or fetal injury. Ultrasonography and labor induction for patients at risk for fetal macrosomia should be discouraged”

Am J Obstet Gynecol 1995 Oct;173(4):1215-9 Fetal macrosomia: does antenatal prediction affect delivery route and birth outcome? Weeks JW, Pitman T, Spinnato JA 2nd.

Debate over screening for gestational diabetes

From: (UPI / Stories of modern science...from UPI., Bill Clough (UPI))
Organization: Copyright 1997 by United Press International ** via ClariNet **
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 1997 0:51:14 PST

BOSTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Toronto researchers say too many mothers-to- be are getting unnecessary blood tests for pregnancy related diabetes.

The scientists say they have developed a simple screening technique to determine who is really at risk. They estimate the technique could cut the number of such tests by one third, eliminating hundreds of thousands of tests a year.

The new screening method, an evaluation based on a woman's height, weight, age and race, would also limit false positive readings, which lead to more complicated, time consuming tests, the scientists say.

In a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, investigators from the University of Toronto used the method to screen more than 3,000 pregnant women, who were also given the standard blood test for diabetes. They found that nearly 35 percent did not need the blood tests.

Dr. C. David Naylor says the new method is "dead simple," and "picks up just as many cases as universal screening."

Naylor, a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, also says the study found that false positives dropped about 5 percent with the new screening method.

Pregnant women are usually screened for gestational diabetes with a simple blood test, which costs around five dollars and takes an hour.

But if a women gets a false positive from the first test, she is then given an oral glucose tolerance test.

Naylor says this involves a two-day high-carbohydrate diet, fasting and giving blood four times during three hours in a blood-letting station. The woman also must drink large, sometimes nauseating, amounts of sugar water.

Naylor says, "This falls under the heading of serious nuisance for women who are already busy enough."

In a NEJM editorial, Dr. Michael F. Greene of Massachusetts General Hospital says that the study supports the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Diabetes Association, which call for selective screening.

But he says, "busy obstetricians are unlikely to wend their way" through a complex diagnostic screen for each pregnant woman.

(Written Mara Bovsun in New York)

How DARE Mother Nature question SCIENCE!       ~Mike Tymeson

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by on Dec. 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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Henci Goer GD article

Gestational Diabetes: The Emperor Has No Clothes
by Henci Goer

Good medicine demands that diagnosis and treatment of any disease fulfill four criteria:

  • The condition has to pose a health risk;
  • Diagnosis must accurately distinguish between those who have the disease and those who don't;
  • Treatment should be effective; and
  • The benefits of diagnosis and treatment should outweigh the risks.

An entire medical industry has grown up around diagnosing and treating gestational diabetes (GD) in the belief that doing so prevents perinatal deaths, congenital anomalies, neonatal complications, macrosomic babies, and because of fetal macrosomia, birth injuries and excessive cesarean rates. However, diagnosis and treatment of gestational diabetes don't fulfill any of the above criteria.

To begin with, GD doesn't fit the definition of a disease. GD as a concept began in 1964 when O'Sullivan and Mahan performed a 100g 3- hour oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) on 752 pregnant women and tracked all women with at least two values above two standard deviations beyond the mean to see if hyperglycemic women were predisposed to develop diabetes down the road (O'Sullivan 1964). They were, leading the two researchers to conclude that the metabolic stress of pregnancy revealed a woman's "pre-diabetic status." This should not surprise anyone since overweight women are more likely to have hyperglycemia in pregnancy and to develop diabetes later in life.

Since insulin-dependent diabetes was known to threaten the fetus, researchers extrapolated that sub-diabetic glucose elevations might also do harm. This leap in logic was faulty on its face because GD does not share the risk factors of either type of true diabetes. In Type I diabetes, extremes of low and high blood glucose early in pregnancy can cause congenital anomalies or kill the forming embryo. Gestationally diabetic women make normal or above-normal amounts of insulin and have normal blood sugar metabolism in the first trimester. With either Types I or II, diabetes of long standing may damage maternal blood vessels and kidneys, causing hypertension or kidney complications. These may in turn jeopardize the fetus. Gestational diabetics do not have long- standing diabetes. The one problem GD shares with both types is that chronic hyperglycemia can overfeed the fetus, resulting in macrosomia (generally defined as birth weight greater than 4000 g) or large-for- gestational-age (LGA) (greater than the 90th percentile) babies.

Logic notwithstanding, these concerns launched a series of studies into the risks of mild glucose elevations. Unfortunately, they were badly flawed.

  • Studies selected women for glucose testing based on such factors as prior still birth or hypertension in the current pregnancy and then compared outcomes with the general population. Hunter and Keirse observe that according to Sutherland and Stowers' 1975 edition of CARBOHYDRATE METABOLISM IN PREGNANCY AND THE NEWBORN, the rate of fetal loss increases eightfold as the number of indications for glucose tolerance testing increasing from one to four. Glucose intolerance does not add to this risk (Hunter and Keirse 1989).
  • Studies included women who were known diabetics prior to pregnancy.
  • Studies failed to account for confounding factors such as that glucose intolerance associates with increasing maternal weight and age, which themselves are strong independent predictors of macrosomia and maternal hypertension.
  • Studies used management protocols that increased risks such as starvation diets, early elective induction, and withholding nourishment from the newborn.

In addition, glucose level turned out to be a poor predictor of macrosomia. Other factors such as race, age, parity, sex, and especially maternal weight, far outweighed glucose intolerance in determining birth weight. Hunter and Keirse observed that GD mothers had a 3-fold risk of giving birth to a baby weighing over 4500 g compared with normoglycemic women. However, a woman weighing over 90 kg had a 26-fold risk of having a baby this heavy compared with normal weight women (Hunter and Keirse 1989). Oats and colleagues could not find a significant association between glucose levels and birth weight until birth weight exceeded the 90th percentile. Even then, 77 percent of women had normal glucose tolerance (Oats et al. 1980).

Nonetheless, researchers concluded that mildly deviant glucose values in pregnancy constituted a new form of diabetes that required diagnosis, surveillance, and treatment. Researchers have gone on adding rooms and stories to the GD edifice, never noticing that they have built a house on sand.

Secondly, the OGTT, the standard diagnostic test, has many problems. A diagnostic test should be reproducible, its thresholds should be values at which morbidity either first appears or incidence greatly increases, and normal ranges should apply to the population undergoing testing. The OGTT is none of the above.

Obstetricians adopted O'Sullivan and Mahan's curve as the normative curve for all pregnant women, but it is not representative. For one thing, O'Sullivan and Mahan tested women without regard to length of gestation, whereas today, women are typically tested at the beginning of the third trimester. Glucose values rise linearly throughout pregnancy, but no corrections have been made for this. For another thing, O'Sullivan and Mahan studied a population that was 60 percent white and 40 percent black. Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asian women average higher blood sugars than black or white women. Since diagnostic thresholds are set at two standard deviations beyond the mean, values for O'Sullivan and Mahan's population have arbitrarily been established as the norms for all women. This means that some women are being identified as diseased simply because of race.

Worse yet, studies show that when pregnant women undergo two OGTTs a week or so apart, test results disagree 22 percent to 24 percent of the time (Catalano et al. 1993) (Harlass et al. 1991). An individual's blood sugar values after ingesting glucose (or food) vary widely depending on many factors. For this reason, the OGTT has been abandoned as a diagnostic test for true diabetes in favor of excessive fasting glucose values, which show much greater consistency, or postprandial values of 200 mg.dl or more, which are rare. Moreover, pregnancy compounds problems with reproducibility. Because glucose levels rise linearly throughout pregnancy, a woman could "pass" a test in gestational week 24 and "fail" it in week 28. These same problems hold true for the glucose screening test that precedes the OGTT (Sacks et al. 1989) (Watson 1989).

More importantly, no threshold has ever been demonstrated for onset or marked increase in fetal complications below levels diagnostic of true diabetes. O'Sullivan and Mahan chose their cutoffs for convenience in follow-up, but all studies since then have used their criteria or some modification thereof as a threshold for pathology in the current pregnancy. Numerous studies since have documented that birth weights and other outcomes fail to correlate with O'Sullivan's or anybody else's thresholds.

A test with arbitrary diagnostic thresholds is akin to claiming that all people over six feet tall have a growth abnormality or all people with a cough and a fever have pneumonia. The authors of A GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE CARE IN PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH relegate "screening for gestational diabetes" to "Forms of Care Unlikely to be Beneficial" (Enkin 1995).

The original intent of treating GD was preventing excess perinatal mortality and congenital anomalies. Whatever the cause of increased deaths, it wasn't hyperglycemia. O'Sullivan and colleagues randomly assigned gestational diabetics to treatment with diet and insulin and compared outcomes among treated diabetics, untreated diabetics, and a normoglycemic control population. They found more perinatal deaths in the GD population, treated or not (O'Sullivan et al. 1966). Perinatal mortality statistics among non-insulin dependent diabetics remained unchanged between 1946 and 1972 in a Copenhagen study despite aggressive treatment throughout the timespan (Pedersen, JL et al. 1974) (Pedersen J 1977). Conversely, a Swedish study showed a marked reduction in perinatal mortality rates between 1961 and 1971, also while treating vigorously (Karlsson et al. 1972).

As for congenital anomalies, GD cannot cause congenital anomalies because glucose metabolism is normal in the first trimester. Even if it did, testing isn't done until the third trimester.

The main rationale for current GD management is to reduce the incidence of birth injuries and cesarean section by reducing the incidence of macrosomia. The goal of reducing birth weight raises philosophical problems. As with glucose values, doctors are defining deviation beyond an arbitrary point as inherently pathological. Moreover, can we justify manipulating the growth mechanism of a group of babies roughly 75 percent to 80 percent of whom will fall below the 90th percentile for weight if left alone?

Philosophical considerations aside, we have little evidence that GD management succeeds. As mentioned above, macrosomia associates with maternal weight, age, race, parity, and male fetus. Maternal overweight cannot be rectified during pregnancy; the rest cannot be altered at all. According to M.J. Stephenson, there have been only four randomized trials of diet or diet and insulin. All were flawed and taken together achieved a reduction in birth weight of 87 g, a benefit "of questionable clinical significance" (Stephenson 1993). A GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE CARE IN PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH also lists insulin and diet therapy for GD under "Forms of Care Unlikely to be Beneficial."

Santini and Ales report results from a national trial that occurred in the early 1980's when some doctors at Cornell University Medical Center screened women for GD routinely and others did not. No differences in perinatal mortality, morbidity, LGA or macrosomia rates were found between screened and unscreened populations, but women in the screened population were more likely to have primary cesarean sections (19 percent versus 12 percent), more clinic visits, more fetal surveillance tests, and more prenatal hospitalization (Santini et al. 1990).

Non-randomized trials show that diet modification rarely works without severely limiting calories or the liberal or universal use of insulin. Even where it does work, only two studies of GD management reduced operative delivery or cesarean rates to reasonable levels, the main point of preventing macrosomia (Langer et al. 1994) (Coustan et al. 1984). In both studies, doctors knew which women were treated and which were controls. If they believed their therapy prevented macrosomia, which other work shows they did, this belief could well have influenced management decisions. A third study also reported similar cesarean rates in GD women and the total hospital population, but these were 27 percent and 25 percent respectively (Thompson et al. 1994).

As Santini and Ales' study suggests, not only does GD management offer little benefit, it confers risks, the gravest being a marked increase in cesarean section. The cesarean rate in a population of gestational diabetics cared for by midwives was 9 percent to 11 percent including women transferred to obstetric management, or about half the primary cesarean rate reported in populations managed by obstetricians in the same or an earlier time period (O'Brien et al. 1987). Goldman and colleagues reported that gestational diabetics had one-third more cesareans compared with a matched population with normal glucose tolerance, although birth weights were similar (Goldman et al. 1991). In another study, gestational diabetics were randomly assigned to insulin or standard treatment in the third trimester in an effort to minimize macrosomia. Insulin reduced LGA rates to 13 percent compared with LGA rates of 45 percent in the diet group and 38 percent in the group that refused randomization. Despite this, cesarean rates were 14 percent and 21 percent in the diet-treated groups versus 43 percent in the insulin-treated group, a difference attributed to transferring women on insulin to the high-risk service (Buchanan 1994).

Many doctors view high cesarean rates as a reasonable trade-off for preventing shoulder dystocia. This ignores that many shoulder dystocias occur in non-macrosomic infants (Keller 1991) and that the increase in cesarean rate for infants weighing over 4000 g has not improved outcomes (Boyd et al. 1983); not to mention the role typical obstetric management plays in causing shoulder dystocia.

Increased likelihood of cesarean is not the only risk of GD management. Insulin increases the risk of small-for-gestational-age babies and causes symptomatic hypoglycemic episodes (Langer et al. 1994) (Buchanan et al. 1994). Reducing calories by more than one-third in overweight gestational diabetics causes ketosis (Knopp et al. 1991). Finally, the poor predictability of the fetal weight estimates and surveillance tests doctors feel obliged to order, even the belief that GD is a high-risk condition, undoubtedly lead to countless unnecessary inductions and operative deliveries.

Few have noticed that the diagnosis and treatment of GD is a spectacular failure. A review article analyzes the OGTT, finds it worthless, and recommends continuing to use it to diagnose GD (Nelson 1988). After showing that current cutoffs fail to discriminate a group of women at high risk for macrosomia, obstetricians conclude in defiance of logic that they should lower the values or that insulin should be given to more women or that cutoffs should be chosen by fiat (Sacks et al. 1995) (Neiger et al. 1991) (Weiner 1988) (Tallarigo et al. 1986). Researchers take note that sonography to estimate fetal weight did no better than a coin toss at predicting macrosomia and recommended it anyway (Combs et al. 1993). Doctors find that rigid glycemic control did not improve infant outcomes and assume that means they should try harder (Hod et al. 1980). Goldman and colleagues, with similar birth weights but one-third more cesareans in the GD group, congratulated themselves on the success of their management (Goldman et al. 1991). The gestational diabetes literature reads more like ALICE IN WONDERLAND than science.

Still, midwives can winnow some grain from the chaff. Maternal weight has the strongest correlation with macrosomia rate; it makes sense to advise heavily overweight women to lose weight before becoming pregnant. Pregnancy makes extra demands on insulin production; to minimize the pressure, pregnant women should eat a diet low in simple sugars, high in complex carbohydrates and fiber, and moderate in fat. Moderate, regular exercise also improves glucose tolerance. Within the GD population lurk a few women who were either undiagnosed pregestational diabetics or who were tipped into true diabetes by the metabolic stress of pregnancy; a fasting glucose to screen for them might be prudent. And, of course, midwives already use strategies that help women minimize the likelihood of operative delivery or birth injury. Finally, to reduce the chance of neonatal hypoglycemia, the baby should be put to breast soon after the birth, especially if the baby is big, small, or the labor has been difficult.

Henci [sic] Goer is an ASPO-educator and doula. Over the past ten years , she has written numerous pamphlets and articles for childbirth professionals and expectant couples. In 1993 she received the National Association of Childbearing Centers Media Award, and in 1995 ASPO/Lamaze presented her with its President's Award in recognition of her book, OBSTETRIC MYTHS VERSUS RESEARCH REALITIES: A GUIDE TO THE MEDICAL LITERATURE. She also serves on CHILDBIRTH INSTRUCTOR MAGAZINE's Advisory Board.


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  • "Gestational diabetes: It's Not What It Seems," CHILDBIRTH INSTRUCTOR. In press
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If you've ever suspected that a lot of standard medical birthing practices are wrong, you'll find proof in Henci Goer's essential book, *Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities*. The website includes the entire chapter on episiotomy.

by Bronze Member on Dec. 1, 2012 at 5:32 PM
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my midwife uses normal grape or apple juice to do the test, it more simulates a normal consumption if that makes sense, and its healthier

by on Dec. 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM
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just because you don't eat crap DOES NOT MEAN you won't get it GD is WAY different that type 1 or 2.

Quoting Heather2001:

Because I never put that amount of processed, high-sugar crap in my body at any one time ever in my pregnancy, why would I for a test?  It makes me feel horrible afterwards.  I allowed my doc to do a couple random blood sugar finger pricks at my appointments and that was enough to know that I didn't have GD.

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by Silver Member on Dec. 1, 2012 at 5:42 PM
I tried it with my son and instantly threw up and couldn't keep it down. I refused to try it again but he was born later that day. I refused with DD because of what happened with DS
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Still does not mean that taking that horrible innaccurate test is good for you.  My midwife pulls my A1C twice with other routine bloodwork and Insulin levels after 28 weeks. These are much more accurate diabeties tests and not the horrible drink that can cause even non-pregnant women to fail. 

Quoting x_Starr_x:

just because you don't eat crap DOES NOT MEAN you won't get it GD is WAY different that type 1 or 2.

Quoting Heather2001:

Because I never put that amount of processed, high-sugar crap in my body at any one time ever in my pregnancy, why would I for a test?  It makes me feel horrible afterwards.  I allowed my doc to do a couple random blood sugar finger pricks at my appointments and that was enough to know that I didn't have GD.

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Quoting mommie2twogirls:

my midwife uses normal grape or apple juice to do the test, it more simulates a normal consumption if that makes sense, and its healthier

Yes, or a pancake breakfast...  some suggest a few jellybeans.     But these tests are recommended  when the clients are at-risk.     Routine testing can be more risky in maternity care.

...the obstetric community has been overly zealous in ‘treating’ a

normal physiological process and has been triggering many of the

medical crises that lead to cesarean surgery. Greater adherence to

evidence-based medicine would drop the national cesarean rate

dramatically. Obstetricians and hospitals have found that

high-intervention birth, warranted or not, is very profitable. So there

is a tremendous financial incentive to bypass the clinically optimal

approach, and opt for convenience and profit. For example, many

hospitals across the country have eliminated facility-based midwifery

practices simply because the low-intervention approach, while

clinically sound, does not bring in as many dollars.

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by on Dec. 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM
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did I say anything about the test NO I DIDNT. clearly stating a fact.

Quoting nicki.hemingway:

Still does not mean that taking that horrible innaccurate test is good for you.  My midwife pulls my A1C twice with other routine bloodwork and Insulin levels after 28 weeks. These are much more accurate diabeties tests and not the horrible drink that can cause even non-pregnant women to fail. 

Quoting x_Starr_x:

just because you don't eat crap DOES NOT MEAN you won't get it GD is WAY different that type 1 or 2.

Quoting Heather2001:

Because I never put that amount of processed, high-sugar crap in my body at any one time ever in my pregnancy, why would I for a test?  It makes me feel horrible afterwards.  I allowed my doc to do a couple random blood sugar finger pricks at my appointments and that was enough to know that I didn't have GD.

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by Member on Dec. 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM
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Considering I can't stand really sweet stuff, especially since I got pregnant, I will refuse the test unless my midwife can show me proof that I really need it...

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