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Has anyone skipped the fasting blood glucose test while pregnant?

I have my referal for my blood glucose test but have done a little research and from what I have read it is not completely necessary, I am in a postion where I can check my bsl at home myself and because I am still suffering from nausea I am really not keen on the fasting side of it.

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I had zero symptoms, was not in a high risk category and was diagnosed with gestational diabetes on my third pregnancy. It could not be controlled with diet and exercise (I went all out trying) and I ended up on insulin. Towards the end I was monitored and scanned twice weekly as my baby stopped moving, my blood sugars dropped and this can mean the placenta aging too soon with GD. My beautiful boy was born via csection just before 38 weeks and had to have his blood sugars tested every 3 hours until the drs were sure he hadn't been affected. I totally understand not wanting medical intervention but just wanted to highlight that it can happen when not expected and it is not within the mothers control. I was so lucky that it got picked up and my baby was born safely and at a healthy weight. I was close to not doing the test as I'd had 2 healthy pregnancies previously. Also now my baby and I are at a greater risk of diabetes in the future and I need that info for our well being. Good luck whatever you decide....I don't want to mum-shame just letting you know the other side of the glucose test x

 Yep, a super fit healthy low risk friend had pre-eclampsia. Good eateating doesn't preclude you
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 Thanks for sharing
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It's half a day of your life for the sake of your baby. Just go and do it.

I think it may not be completely necessary for some people but since you really cant know 100% if you will have GD or not since anyone can get it then I would personally do it just incase coz you never know. Yes it can be controlled by deit most of the time that doesnt mean that you wont need extra help eg insulin. My friend is the healthiest person I know shes a personal trainer and she had GD she could control it with diet, she didnt really change anything since she is super health with eating anyway but it was good to know so she could keep on top of it, if she didn't know she might have gave in to her cravings (pastries) more then she should of and caused a problem.

The one hour fasting test isn't bad. If you get called back for the 3 hour, it's rough. Just keep sipping water. Wouldn't you rather know.if something could be wrong?

 They only do the three hour one now, because the one hour wasn't accurate enough.
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 Since when? My aon is a few months old and I only did the hour one? My best friend had a baby 2 days ago and only did the hour one
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 They have just updated there testing in the past year or so and some places haven't implemented the new recommendations yet. My hospital/obstetrician update half way through my pregnancy so I did the 3 hour test
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 It has been updated. Maybe where you live they havent updated it yet.
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 Yep my sister did hers a few months ago and it was the long one first up
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 Victoria still does the one hour test. The glucose challenge test. I work for a pathology company and i do them daily. The extended test (glucose tolerance test) is only done if the results of the challenge test come back irregular.
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Talk to your doctor. If you don't respect their opinion choose another and be informed. Don't ask strangers to give their opinions - they don't know you or your medical history. Really it's just a few hours of discomfort if you have to do it. Don't see the problem

You should always do it. Sometimes there are not symptoms

I fasted for all 3 of mine, but made my last meal dinner the night before and went up first thing in the morning to have the test carried out.
Honestly looking back, I think it's not needed. As long as you're not eating a full bag of lollies before going in.
Only you know what is best for you and your baby.

 Only you? So not the doctors, midwives, obstetricians with years and years of experience who have helped the countless women who have had GD diagnosed and managed appropriately? Far out what a retarded statement. Only you. Hahahahahaha.
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 What a retarded comment! Honestly....do you know what retarded means? Your not so high and mighty yourself.
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 *YOU'RE*
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 Lol not accurate "only you know what is best for your baby".
That's why children end up unwell because mum knew what was best against doctors recommendations and why child protection sometimes get involved at the end of pregnancies to make sure you're not actually harming said baby

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I think you just need to suck it up and do it, its 2 hours out of your life! My good friend had GD in 2 of her pregnancies and he BSLs were fine when she took them at home, for me it's not even an option to not have it, I'd want to know if my baby couldn't regulate their own insulin, personally I think you're selfish if you don't have it

I was just wondering the same thing today. I'm considering not doing it.

I know someone who skipped it. She's fit, extremely healthy and doesn't eat sugar anyway. She also checks her BSL regularly.

Yes I did with my first for reasons such as yours. I also did research and many articles that deem it unnecessary and an aged practice. I don't think I will do it this pregnancy either. I know my body and I know I can't handle it. Yes it can be dangerous if undiagnosed but it's managed by diet anyway so I ate very healthy and my baby was fine. I'll probably get judged for this but you need to do whats right for you.

 It's not always managed buy diet as it's mostly hormonal . I am healthy I exercises and no one in my family has diabetes but I still got it and it couldn't be controlled by diet. I felt 100%healthy no matter my bsls but bubs wasn't doing great as my placenta couldn't handle it. Even on insulin it couldn't be controlled properly and had to have am emergency c-section
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 True, I should have worded it differently to say it is in most cases managed by diet but there are cases where extra intravention is needed such as insulin etc.
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 Aged? With all the people that do have it and have to have babies early or via emergency c because of GD I dont think it's aged at all. Rather be safe then sorry
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 By aged I mean the way they do the test to get the results.
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I did with my last two babies. I didn't educate myself with my first. Even my midwife said it was pretty much unnecessary.

 Taking the test does not equal uneducated. I researched heaps and chose to do it
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