"Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy (gestation). Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how your cells use sugar (glucose) — your body's main fuel. Gestational diabetes causes high blood sugar that can affect your pregnancy and your baby's health." (Source: Mayo Clinic)
Baby Center reports that 15-23% of the time, the results come back high. High is over 140 at my practitioners, but can be as low as 130 at some other places. I scored a 178. If you score over 200, they don't even have you take the next step (the Glucose Tolerance Test) and assume you DO have Gestational Diabetes!
Because of my high score of 178, I am having the 3-hr Glucose tolerance Test done on Monday. This test consists of "For three days before the test, you'll be told to eat at least 150 grams of carbohydrate a day. If you eat a normal diet and have an extra piece of bread at each meal, you'll likely be getting enough carbs. For eight to 14 hours before the test, you can't eat or drink anything but sips of water" (Source: Baby Center)
When I arrive, I will have blood drawn immediately for my fasting blood sugar level taken. I will then consume the 100g of the glucose drink. Every hour there after up to 3 hrs, I will have my blood drawn. If 2 of the 3 results come back high, I will be diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.
|Fasting||95 mg/dl or higher|
|One hour||180 mg/dl or higher|
|Two hours||155 mg/dl or higher|
|Three hours||140 mg/dl or higher|
Until I get those results, I won't know for sure. About 2-5% of expectant mothers do have it, so I could be part of that small %age. If that is the case, I will have to revise my diet and exercise regimen and monitor this closely.
I won't lie. I'm a bit saddened by this and stressed. I had a dream last night I was smoking cigarettes!!! I keep wondering with every bite I take : "How will our baby react to what I'm eating?" I do feel a bit guilty. Wish me luck!