Been There, Done That: Gestational Diabetes Isn’t Scary
Most women don’t expect for pregnancy to be a walk in the park—we’ve all heard the horror stories of the morning sickness that wouldn’t end, and the exhaustion that comes from growing another human being. But, in the end, those are all badges of honor we wear once we are at the end of the journey, and are holding our sweet babe.
Yet, sometimes, we get a bigger hiccup in our path than we bargained for when we receive the results of that dreaded test: the glucose tolerance test.
The glucose tolerance test is usually given around the 28th week of pregnancy, and it requires you to drink a super-sugary drink (commonly described as tasting like flat soda), wait an hour, and to then have your blood drawn to check your blood sugar levels. For many women, this test will show that their body can handle an influx of sugar, and nothing more will be said about it.
However, for nearly 20% of pregnant women, failing this test (and the subsequent extended version to follow, which requires fasting, and four blood draws over the course of three hours) means they will be labeled as gestational diabetics for the rest of their pregnancy. If you end up having gestational diabetes (GD), what does that mean for you and your baby?