Gestational Diabetes (view this page in Spanish)
The American Diabetes Association strongly recommends that most pregnant women be screened for gestational diabetes between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy. This coincides with about the sixth month of pregnancy and it is the time when the placenta has begun to make the hormones that can lead to insulin resistance.
At About Women OB/GYN, we test for gestational diabetes in the following manner:
- The day of your test you may eat normally, but try to limit your sugar intake as excess sugar may alter your test results.
- Forty-five (45) minutes prior to your appointment, drink the glucola over a five (5) minute period. The glucose tastes best if itís cold, so pour it over ice or refrigerate it before drinking.
- Your blood needs to be drawn exactly one (1) hour after you began drinking the glucola. When you arrive for your appointment, please tell the receptionist what time your blood needs to be drawn.
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