Thursday, May 22, 2014

28 Week, 4 Day OB Appointment

I had a quick OB check up today to make sure I'm fit to travel the 10+ hours to Missouri this weekend (so excited!) Everything checked out fine, except for the news that I failed my 1 hour glucose test (upper threshold was 135 and I was at 160,) and I'm anemic ("normal" is between 11-15 and I was at 9.9.) I already knew this but I got a plan of action from my OB.

I'm going to do my 3 hour test tomorrow. If I fail that (which my OB seems to think I will due to my high number on the 1 hour test,) then I'll have weekly appointments with her until we figure out how to manage my levels. She said there are a few ways to do so: diet, Metformin, and insulin. I was on Metformin for over a year before getting pregnant (and up until 12 weeks gestation,) so if I have to go back on it, it'll be like reuniting with an old friend...that you want to kick in the teeth. Metformin and I don't play well together, but it is what it is.

I will say that I'm a bit nervous about insulin. Thankfully I didn't have to go down the road of injections to conceive, so this will be my first experience of having to give myself daily shots. Of course I'll do anything to make sure myself and Breadcrumb are healthy, but I'm still a bit nervous all the same. Any words of encouragement or success stories would be appreciated.

I also have a prescription for iron which I have to take twice a day with a shot of orange juice (apparently the Vitamin C helps your body to digest the iron better?)

Thankfully, Breadcrumb isn't measuring large at this point, so we're hoping to keep him that way. I'm totally using this weekend as a last hurrah and eating all of my favorite foods from my hometown. Nachos, pasta and pizza, here I come.

Anyone fail their one hour test to then pass their three hour? I've heard the statistic that the majority* of women who fail the one hour pass the three hour, so I'm hoping to fall on the good side of that statistic.

*Statistic read on the internet, which means it's probably incorrect. Don't quote me. 


  1. I've been Type 1 Diabetic since I was 2, so injections are no biggie to me (been on an insulin pump since 1998). The shots nowadays (especially if you have an insulin pen) are pretty painless. The anxiety about an injection is much worse than the actual shot itself.

    1. That's good to hear (about the shots being painless, not about you being diabetic...just to clear that up.) I know my fears/anxiety are making the whole process worse, but it's hard to wrap your head around the unknown!

    2. I totally understand fearing the unknown. I actually do have one friend who didn't pass the 1-hou, but did pass the 3-hour, so hopefully that will happen with you and then they'll just keep a closer eye on how you're doing as you move forward in pregnancy to make sure your sugars stay where they're supposed to without too much intervention.

  2. I just did! I got a 155 on the 1 hr and then passed the 3 hr. I barely passed but I passed. My midwife said that it's more common in women who did fertility treatments and probably because of the drugs I used to get pregnant (clomid, fsh injection, trigger shot) my placenta is just letting out extra hormones. GD is really totally over diagnosed in this country and the test it's self is fundamentally flawed. I will try to never take it again, I've learned my lesson. Good luck to you though. I hope you pass and can just move on.

  3. Happy 28 weeks :) With the twins, I failed the 1 hour with a whopping 190 (threshold was, I think, 140?). Also failed the thee hour, was given half a day to attempt to control my levels with diet, also failed that, and ended up on insulin 4x a day with an insanely strict diet. I was in the hospital doing my 3 months of bedrest, so it made the dieting part easier, but honestly, I think the restrictions were worse than the shots! The needle wasn't even close to the size/pinch of the IVF needles, so don't worry if you have to go that route. I also failed the 1 hour with J, but passed the 3 hour, so it does happen! However it ends up though, at least they're catching it early enough to prevent any potential issues. Good luck and have fun on your trip!!

  4. i hope you have an amazing trip girlfriend!
    and i am kind of jealous you get to drink that tasty stuff again!
    good luck!

  5. I hope you pass the test! Have fun on your trip!

  6. I hope you pass the three hour test! But yes, I know most people do after failing the 1 hour. I had a friend who was a type 1 diabetic and gave herself the insulin shots. She never even flinched giving them-- just totally having a conversation, shoots herself, keeps talking, etc. Obviously she was just used it, but the needles look quite tiny.
    Enjoy your trip!!!

  7. Hope you have a great trip this weekend! Not sure if you follow the Wishing on a Snowflake blog, but she got a recent GDM diagnosis and shares her experience. It's different for everyone. I had to track my food and blood sugar, plus give myself saline "insulin" injections for a week during my internship. Honestly, the most annoying part is having to stop to think before you eat - the anxiety around the finger pricks and injections wears off quickly. The real plus is that once your blood sugars are controlled you feel much better and of course it keeps Breadcrumb happy and healthy too.

  8. Aww, you have an alarming result. I think you'll land on the normal hemo range, but what is really worrisome is your blood sugar level. It’s recommended for you not to take too much carb and sugar to your daily diet. And as much as possible, drink fresh juices or water whenever you feel thirsty, to maintain the fair distribution of nutrients in your body.

    Waylon Buser @ US Health Works