"Thank God It's Gestational Diabetes Day!"
No, not really.
I have my GD Screening this afternoon. One of the annoying things about the so-called "One Hour Test" is that doctors/midwives do not have a standardized way of giving this test. Some pregnant women are told to fast for 2-8 hours beforehand. Some are told to eat normally. Some are told to eat only a special diet (usually heavy on the protein). This lack of standardization may be one reason there are numerous false positives resulting from the screening. Most women who don't pass the 1-hr test go on to pass the follow-up "Three Hour Test," but anywhere from 5-10% of pregnant women actually do have GD.
You can probably guess I'm hoping I'm one of the lucky pregnant women who don't become diabetic during pregnancy! I don't want to have to spend these last three months on a restrictive diet (and/or having to give myself insulin shots). So I'm hoping to pass the first screening with flying colors. We shall see.
My midwife's instructions were to not fast before the test, but to stick to proteins and whole grains. She told me to abstain from fruit, sugar, and carbs on the day of the test (today). The best news from her was that I do not have to drink the sugary glucose solution that most pregnant women report being disgusted by. For my test, I was told to drink 10 oz. of purple Welch's grape juice. Dan and I only had to check 3 bodegas to find the right sized bottle, which felt like a victory to me.
Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter.
Lunch: Turkey burger with cheese (but no bun). Sorry it's not more photogenic, folks.
And there goes the grape juice!
Stay tuned for the results...