Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sugar me up!

This morning I had the dreaded 1-hour gestational diabetes screening. I've read so many stories about how awful it is that I was really not looking forward to it...but I have to say, it wasn't nearly as bad as I was anticipating!

Until now, the only thing I'd read about it was from American sources, and I was really dreading the sickly sweet orange-flavored drink; although I loooooove fresh oranges, I hate orange flavored things, especially drinks (I'd rather go thirsty than drink Sunkist). So I was pleasantly surprised when the phlebotomist handed me a cup and a little bottle of clear liquid - it tasted a lot like Sprite, only a little weaker. No orange-flavored nastiness here!

I felt fine for the entire test, which, as far as I know means nothing. I've read reports of women feeling fine and passing the screening, feeling fine and failing it, and people who feel dizzy and awful both seem to pass and fail in equal numbers as well. I was a little tired and headachy at the end, but I don't know if I should attribute that to the test or to the fact that I didn't sleep well last night. We shall see.

I'm a little nervous about the results - one of the less pleasant side effects of carrying twins is that you're more susceptible to everything: things like hypertension, pre-eclampsia, and of course, gestational diabetes - a woman carrying multiples is two to three times more likely to have GD than one carrying a singleton, so there's absolutely a chance that my test will come back with bad results.

I'm not sure when I'll find out - I don't see my OBGYN until February 1, but I'm presuming that if the results are poor, I'll hear from him long before then. Wish me luck!


  1. Its a good thing you got the lemon flavor, there is nothing worse than having to chug something you don't like. I hope your results come back negative! Good luck

  2. I had the orange stuff and didn't think the whole GD testing was bad at all. (I swear, sometimes reading up on things beforehand just psyches you out for the worst case scenario.) In fact, I was so hungry from fasting that I chugged it down in just a couple minutes. Crossing my fingers for good results for you!

  3. When I had my test, they just poured regular glasses of water and then mixed sugar (or something very sugar-like) into it with spoons. It seems so weird people in the States would go out of their way to flavor it when it seems no one even likes the flavor they pick. lol

    Here's hoping for negative!!!

  4. I had the orange stuff, but it wasn't that bad. Like thick, flat Sunkist soda. Unfortunately I didn't pass. And here I am...10 weeks late...2 insulin shots/day, POAS for ketones each morning and sticking my fingers to test my blood sugars four times a day as well as going to L&D for weekly NSTs. In the end GD has not been as bad as I feared (although it IS the reason for my induction tomorrow), and best of all, I have managed it.

    I pray you pass the test, but if not, I'll be here to support you through GD. Hang in there!

  5. Hoping for good results on your GD test!