Jump to content

Glucose Challenge Test
Best time to take it?


  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#1 clm1982

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:09 AM

Hi Everyone

This is my 2nd pregnancy and i remember i failed the first one, trying to avoid that this time i really didnt like the 2 hour test.

So when is the best time to take the test, in the morning, mid morning, mid afternoon?

I was thinking maybe have breakfast in the morning then an hour or 2 later have it done?

Is there any breakfast type foods i should avoid? Will toast and a cup of tea be ok?

Any midwifes out there?

Edited by clm1982, 03 December 2012 - 10:42 AM.


#2 whisk_

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:25 AM

I had mine at 8am today.  

I'm only 16 weeks though, having it early on account of PCOS-related diabetes risk (and will have it again later on in the pregnancy).  

I was told to fast from 9pm last night for my 2 hour test and was told no water throughout the test (and certainly nothing else to eat or drink during the test).  

I've had it before and found it quite fine to be done with in the morning, especially with the fasting.  

Today it was a complete disaster as I'm still suffering quite badly from morning sickness and couldn't complete the test.  I managed to vomit all over myself from the glucose drink an hour into it and have to come back another day to get it done.  I think this is particular to me though as I'm still vomiting daily and can't go without eating something for long periods!!  Was so upsetting sad.gif  

In your case though I would be getting it done first thing in the morning and fasting from the night before, but I suppose that is because I haven't heard of getting the 2 hour one done without fasting.  (I understood that affected your blood sugar and skewed the result)

***

ETA:  Sorry, for the benefit of anyone who reads this later, my comment relates to the Glucose Tolerance Test.  OP has subsequently edited the original post.

Edited by whisk_, 03 December 2012 - 11:00 AM.


#3 clm1982

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:37 AM

Im only doing the 1 hour one to start with but i remember failing it with my DD and i dont want to fail this time. Im not allowed to fast for the 1 hour test as it will give a wrong reading.

Whoops calling it the wrong thing, its the Glucose Challenge Test im doing

Edited by clm1982, 03 December 2012 - 10:41 AM.


#4 imamumto3

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:39 AM

I always went in the morning.

My ob told me to eat a normal breakfast & as long as I didnt eat a mars bar on the way to the test, it should be fine.

I think I did avoid drinking juice that morning & just had cereal though just is case

Edited by imamumto3, 03 December 2012 - 10:42 AM.


#5 whisk_

Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:01 AM

Hi again,

Sorry, my comment related to the Glucose Tolerance Test not the Challenge.  That makes much more sense now as to why you're not fasting!  

I've amended my earlier post for the benefit of anyone who searches for this topic later.

#6 PrincessPeach

Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:04 AM

According to my SIL - don't eat a banana either.

That put her's over & she had to sit the 2 hour test.

#7 lozoodle

Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:06 AM

I failed the one hour test with DD1 and had to do the 2 hour test which was fine. I think where i went wrong was having it in the afternoon and grabbing some mcdonalds on the run for lunch on the way there - what an idiot LOL

With my second I just went first thing in the morning and didn't bother eating first, I just had it at 7.30am then had breakfast afterwards.  Though i'm sure if you need to eat first some toast or something isn't going to do much to your blood sugar (unlike the coke I had on the way to my first one laughing2.gif)

I'll do the same with this one.

#8 clm1982

Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:12 AM

I cant remember what i ate with my first one or what time it was but im thinking toast with a cup of tea should be fine, then maybe about 1.5 hours later get the test done, just means leaving work for a few hours to get it done.

#9 lozoodle

Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:26 AM

QUOTE (clm1982 @ 03/12/2012, 12:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I cant remember what i ate with my first one or what time it was but im thinking toast with a cup of tea should be fine, then maybe about 1.5 hours later get the test done, just means leaving work for a few hours to get it done.

That's my plan, I'm just going in at 7.30 on Thursday when they open and then I'll get to work at about 9.30/10 which is late for me (normally a 7am start). My boss is cool with it though.

#10 imamumto3

Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:30 AM

don't eat ice cream and chocolate topping the night before either.  I did before I was induced and my sugars showed high, it's probably not worth risking it

#11 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:01 PM

Eat a normal breakfast and do the test in the morning. Fasting won't prevent a failed test if you have GD.

#12 BJBubbles

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:21 PM

I failed my GCT last week, so have to do the GTT now.

I had breakfast early (like 6am!)  so then had toast and a cup of tea at 9am.  Had the drink at 10am and then the BT at 11am.

Obviously it did nothing to "help" my results.  Just hoping the GTT comes back clear....

My OB doesn't say when in the day to take it, but like others I would chose to have it done mid-morning.

Good luck
xox

#13 Duck-o-lah

Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:32 PM

Lol, I'll add '2 potato cakes' to the list of things NOT to eat before the glucose test (I failed) laughing2.gif

I was advised to have a light breakfast, preferably low GI. So if you're going for toast avoid white bread with loads of honey or something laughing2.gif Good luck!

#14 monkeys mum

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:47 PM

Eat what you would normally eat. Having undiagnosed GD is a lot worse then failing a test and having to do the two hour test, then failing that having to monitor your food and blood sugar levels, and maybe having to inject insulin.

I am going straight to the two hour test this week (13wks) in the am after fasting overnight as per the instructions. As I previously had Gd in my second pregnancy it will be the first of three two hour tests, just like my last pregnancy. I hate the tests but almost losing my nephew due to undiagnosed GD I would prefer the test then to put a newborn at risk.

#15 SeaPrincess

Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:27 AM

QUOTE (clm1982 @ 03/12/2012, 08:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Im only doing the 1 hour one to start with but i remember failing it with my DD and i dont want to fail this time. Im not allowed to fast for the 1 hour test as it will give a wrong reading.

I was told the same thing, and they asked me when and what I'd had for lunch when I arrived (I think it had to be within an hour?).  We'd had a BBQ lunch at work, so I'd had meat, salad, etc.
I failed the 1-hour with DS1, but passed the 2-hr.  In subsequent pregnancies, I skipped the 1-hr because I didn't want to have to organise babysitting twice.  I had GD with DS2, but not with DD.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

eBay jacket may hold clue to murdered girl's identity

A jacket similar to the one found with the remains of a brutally murdered little girl in South Australia has been identified on eBay.

New mum forced back to work early due to paid parental leave 'technicality'

Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".

Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.

The conception dilemma facing many parents today

Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.

The wedding photo the bridesmaid would rather forget

We've probably all seen a passed-out bridesmaid at one wedding or another, but it usually happens towards the end of the night.

Pregnant TV meteorologist takes on haters

Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters who called her a "sausage in casing".

Honest words from first-time mums

I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.

Adorable baby experiences rain for the first time, couldn't be happier

Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.

What it's really like to start a family in your fifties

Many people suppose that it must be much more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all the mothers in the playground look exhausted, whatever their age.

'Biggest hypocrite ever': Josh Duggar admits to Ashley Madison account

An American reality TV star has been busted with a cheating website account, according to US media.

Long recovery ahead for girl hit by car weeks after baby brother's death

A little girl is more alert and starting to talk after being hit by a car a week ago, but still faces a long recovery.

How to react when a toddler lies

Q: My almost-3-year-old is starting to figure out that he can lie when asked if he ripped the book, threw the food, hit his brother, etc. Totally normal, I know. How do we respond?

The circular experience of a Centrelink client

A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

Kelly Clarkson announces live on stage: 'I'm pregnant!'

Singer Kelly Clarkson has announced she is pregnant with her second child during a concert in Los Angeles.

Hack

How to search the leaked Ashley Madison data

At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison's user data on the public-facing internet.

Mum dances her way through labour

There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.

'Rest in peace, my little lion': premmie baby Jacob passes away

Baby Jacob, whose photo of him born at just 27 weeks was deemed 'too graphic' for a fundraising site, has died.

Mum killed three young sons 'to help her daughter', prosecutor says

Niall Pilkington's death last summer apparently raised little alarm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tragic accidents happen, after all.

Shorter women have shorter pregnancies: study

When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The worst 20 minutes of my life

Thirty seconds was all it took to turn a shopping trip into my worst nightmare.

Top baby names for England and Wales in 2014

George has overtaken William in the official rankings of most popular British baby names - and Game of Thrones is still having an impact on parents.

Baseball or baby? Dad's tough choice

What's more important, a baby or a baseball? That's a question this dad seems to struggle with.

Childbirth choices: five star or free?

It's not often you hear the words labour and luxury in the same sentence but for some, a 5-star start to parenthood is exactly what they seek. And with a number of private hospitals now offering packages which include a post-birth stay at a sumptuous first class resort, many mums are choosing to recover in style.

'Where did your boobies go, Mummy?' and other soul-destroying comments from kids

Most women carry a smidge of baby weight after giving birth. If you're lucky enough to have an older child in the house, they can keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

Do you read me, baby?

Is it too soon to be reading to my two-month-old son? If not, what should I read?

Minimising sibling rivalry when you've got a baby

Sibling rivalry is an act of competition, but if your children feel involved and special, this type of jealousy will be minimised.

Will studying on maternity leave take you away from your most important job?

I remember when I was trying to decide if I could combine motherhood and furthering my university education.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

Preschooler hit by car shortly after baby brother's death

A mother has had a frantic race to the hospital after her daughter was hit by a car, just four weeks after her infant son died.

Gay couple and Thai surrogate in custody tug-of-war

A six-month-old baby girl is trapped in the Thai capital in a bitter custody wrangle between her Thai surrogate mother and her biological father.

Couple denied IVF over parenting concerns

A mother of six has been denied access to IVF treatment in order to have another child over concerns about her parenting skills.

The book that promises to put your children to sleep

Exhausted parents from around the world are singing the praises of a "miracle" book which promises to put even the most restless child to sleep in just minutes.

5 things every parent who feels guilty needs to know

Parenthood can make you feel bad, but you're not alone.

Royals criticise 'dangerous' attempts to photograph Prince George

The British royal family criticized paparazzi on Friday for what it called their increasingly dangerous attempts to photograph young Prince George.

'No jab, no play' rule to cover Victorian kindergartens and childcare centres

"Anti-vaxxers" face not being able to send their children to childcare centres or kindergarten if they refuse to have them immunised.

15,000 birthing kits on their way to developing countries

Giving birth in a hospital surrounded by medical experts is tough enough, but some women deliver babies without a clean sheet to lie on.

Photo of premmie 'too graphic', fundraising site says

When their son Jacob was born at just 27 weeks, Christina and Jeff Hinks were thrown into an uncertain world.

The latest Bugaboo collections: cool chevron and runner prams

Bugaboo sure likes to keep things fresh, and with the Australian spring/summer season coming up, there are two new Bugaboo pram releases.

Making room for two in the bed

Mum's room or their own room? Cot or bassinets? Deciding where twins will sleep can be tricky.

 

FREE TICKET

See Hi-5 LIVE in Sydney!

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.