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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 15:44 PM   1
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Glucose Tolerance Test. What they don't warn you about!


I had my GTT yesterday morning. The glucose stuff was yukky and NOT Lucozade like some ladies get.

Anyway baby was bouncing around like a gymnast for quite a while yesterday and was active into the evening.

Normally she's been waking me up around 5am jumping around. But this morning nothing. I rolled over into positions she really doesn't like me being in and normally goes crazy trying to get me to move.

By this time I was really worried, so I got up and ready for work and had some cereal and a cup of tea. Still no movement. So I rang the hosptial and they asked me to come in.

The midwife found her heartbeat straight away but still no movement.
After a while baby woke up a bit and I felt a few small kicks.

It turns out that some babies move around so much after all that glucose, that they tire themselves out and have a "down" day afterwards.

It scared the living crap out of me. But always remember if you're worried, get it checked out.



 
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 15:57 PM   2
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It's horrible stuff, but then I don't even like Lucazade.

It must have been a worry with the baby not moving, I seem to remember something similar.

We've just realised my partner can't get the morning off while I have my test so I need to rearrange it (I think chasing a toddler round the waiting room may affect the result). Am vaguely tempted to cancel as this is my 3rd pregnancy and I've never had any problems with blood sugar in pregnancy (my Mum is diabetic, hence the test) but I can't find any info on whether you should have it done every time. Does anyone know?



 
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 16:01 PM   3
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i dont want mine done they say gotta have it done as lots of family history but having a section anyway wud it really matter



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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 16:04 PM   4
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I had to have it as my DS was 10.5lb when he was born and I have a high bmi.



 
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 16:07 PM   5
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i think its best to know if you have gd as the baby may have high sugar level wen born if you have it x



 
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 16:09 PM   6
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I'm a little bit put off as my bmi is normal and both my baby's have been less than 8lb. My Mum got type 2 diabetes when she was in her 60s but controls it with diet, it's her fault I've got to go! I will call and try to rearrange the appointment.



 
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 16:16 PM   7
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This is my 4th pregnancy and I have big babies so I always have the glucose test at the end of the day any test they want to do if it keeps my baby safe then I am all for it.
Dont recall being given lucozade (lucky mums that got that) just a sweet thick liquid will be having mine I assume in the next couple of weeks, I am sure my consultant will give me the forms when I see her on tues x



 
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 17:54 PM   8
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I would def recommend you have it Ladies even if your BMI is normal and you dont have a family history and have had normal pregnancies before.

Oliver was born weighing 10lb 5oz and my BMI was perfectly normal, no family history infact no risk factors at all which was why I was never sent for a GTT then. Upon delivering him he was born with a breathing problem apparently babes born to GD mummies can be born with lung/breathing problems and of course are likely to be of high birth weight which can be a struggle to deliver. He was whisked to neonatal unit and spent 5 days on there to control his breathing, once he came home we had endless problems trying to get him to feed because he simply behaved like someone having an asthma attack. It was a scary and frightening time for us

This pregnancy I insisted I was monitored although Olivers birth weight and my BMI now make me a risk factor anyway. I had my first GTT at 16wks which was THE worst experience of my pregnancy so far and I have struggled a fair bit with one thing or another I can tell you. This was normal but I am to have another one on the 20th of this month because I am told although normal at 16wks in the 10wks inbetween the GTT has an high percentage of changing So heres me bricking it and even getting DH to accompany me this time because I am wimping out already however I know I must brave it although its not pleasant AT ALL because I need to make sure my Little Man is ok I was told by my consultant after delivering Oliver I would struggle to deliver another baby naturally if s/he is bigger and so I def need to avoid that

Ladies please go for your GTT even though its the pits believe me I wont turn it down even though I know exactly what am letting myself in for and am not happy one iota



 
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 18:10 PM   9
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I have mine in a couple of weeks. I have low BMI but my dad has type 2 diabetes which is why I have to have it. I had one last time as well and I found that drinking that sugary drink having not been allowed to eat anything made me feel really spaced out and light headed. It was a good excuse for a massive fry-up once the two hours were done though!



 
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 18:32 PM   10
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I had low bmi and a my father has type two, I was so healthy but I ended up with gd. This time I am monitoring my levels at home at they are creeping up. I think I have it again.

Babies who have too much blood sugar can have under developed lungs and also suffer hypoglyceamic shock after birth. They can also suffer developmentally in the future and have a higher risk of learning problems.

Better to be safe than sorry. At the end of the day it is just a yukky drink and a blood test or two. Well worth it if you ask me.



 
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