I did it! I stood up for myself and my baby today.
I fail my first one hour test at 28 weeks. By the new standards at least. My test result was 137. The old standard was anything over 140 was failing but now the new standard is anything over 130 depending on the practice you go to. Of course I can’t even find the article I where I saw this information. Now everything I search says anything over 140 is failing. I would say I passed the test, but my doctor must use the 130 value and wanted me to take the 3 hour glucose test.
I went into the doctors office today planning to take my 3 hour test and move on, but I was feeling very protective of my baby growing inside of my belly waiting for me to eat breakfast. My family and I get as much organic food we can and really try to limit the amount of process food that we eat. We know it is no good for us. I really wanted to avoid subjecting my baby to this artificial drink once again. I already gave in once with the test at 28 weeks and felt horrible afterwards because of that nasty drink and because of the guilt I had over drinking this drink that is not beneficial to me or my baby. I also refused this test earlier in my pregnancy because I have large babies they recommend testing earlier in the pregnancy as well. With both of my other pregnancies, everything came back normal so I just felt there was no reason for this extra test.
In the end, I will be testing my blood sugar 4x a day for 2 weeks. This may sound like a lot of work on my part and even more of a pain then being at the doctor’s office for 3 hours or more. But I feel it is the best solution for me. I will learn so much from how my body is reacting to what I am eating. I will be provided with so much data on where I am instead of shocking my system with something I would never eat or drink in the first place. I don’t see how this provides any useful information and if I did fail the 3 hour test I would be required to test my blood sugar daily anyway. So I am just skipping a step that makes me uncomfortable.
I am not saying this is for everyone, but this is my experience I would like to share to encourage you to speak up for you and your baby. Ask questions and know that if it doesn’t make sense to you, realize you have a choice.
I actually feel the glucose test makes complete sense. I just don’t understand why we are forced to drink an artificial drink full of fake ingredients and artificial colors. Why can’t we have a real food option? Like honey, maple syrup candy, juice, non-gmo jelly beans, or organic lollypops? Not sure what exactly needs to be the requirements on how much sugar needs to be in the drink or food options, but I am sure it could easily be found out.
Here are some other articles that helped me make my choice.