The One In Which I Fail My Glucose Test.
Yeah, so that happened.
I used to wonder why women who failed their tests or ended up being diagnosed with gestational diabetes felt guilty. I mean, it’s not really something you can control. A healthy diet and continuing to exercise throughout pregnancy can help to reduce your chances of getting GD, but it won’t eliminate them. If you do those things and still end up with GD, there’s nothing to feel guilty about—gestational diabetes is the result of pregnancy hormones blocking the insulin your body produces from doing its job correctly, resulting in higher glucose levels in your blood…and we all know you can’t control pregnancy hormones. It truly is one of those things that is kind of out of our hands, so I never understood the feelings of guilt.
My doctor’s MA called yesterday to inform me of my test results. Everything looks good, except…my levels were at 146 and my doctor’s cut-off is 140. Granted, I had just eaten lunch right before my test, so who knows if that skewed my results at all (I touched on this on Twitter, but I had no idea I was having my glucose test that day. I went for my regular appointment and they sent me to the lab. I actually really like this approach, as I didn’t have time to dwell on the test…and since I had eaten what is a normal breakfast and lunch for me, I felt like the results would be pretty accurate. Which clearly turned out to be a double-edged sword in this case).
So I now feel horribly guilty, like I’m not doing something right and I’m failing my son already. I’ve been so lucky to have such an easy and enjoyable pregnancy so far, and I can’t help but feel like this is karma kicking my ass about that. I know that these feelings are unfounded, but I still feel them. I mean, I eat a healthy, balanced diet; I’ve continued to exercise throughout pregnancy; and I try to take good care of myself in general—I get a lot of sleep, try as hard as I can to keep my stress levels low, and just be as healthy as I can be. My weight gain has been excellent, my blood pressure has been nice and low, and the size of the baby & my fluid levels have measured right on track. So why did I fail my glucose test?
Risk factors for GD include:
Being older than 25 when you are pregnant
Having a family history of diabetes
Giving birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds or had a birth defect
Having high blood pressure
Having too much amniotic fluid
Having had an unexplained miscarriage or stillbirth
Being overweight before your pregnancy
Of these, I have two of them, one of which I wasn’t aware of until recently. First off, I am 29 years old while pregnant, so definitely over the age of 25, and secondly, I just recently found out that my mom actually had GD while pregnant with me (but not while pregnant with my younger sister). Women with GD can have larger babies, which increases the chances of complications at birth, but luckily that was not the case with my mom—I was only 6 pounds 10 ounces when I was born (and 22 inches long…talk about a long skinny baby!).
I know that I shouldn’t feel guilty and I also know that I am jumping the gun in thinking I’ll be diagnosed with GD. The next step is actually the three hour test, which I’ll take tomorrow morning. PLENTY of women fail their one hour and go on to pass the three hour test just fine, so I’m trying to keep that in mind. I have found Mrs. Wagon’s series on gestational diabetes really helpful in keeping me calm about the whole thing (read part one here, part two here, and part three here).
What have been your experiences with the glucose tests and GD? Anyone fail their one hour and go on to pass the three hour? Share your story and give me some hope for tomorrow!