October 10, 2007,
A.M. asks from Dallas, TX on October 08, 2007
What Can I Eat Before Glucose Test?
Hi, I have a glucose test scheduled for my next prenatal visit in a few days. The appointment is not until 2 in the afternoon and the nurse specified that I am not to eat or drink any sugar that day. What can I eat/drink???? There goes my yogurt and fruit breakfast!!
L.F. answers from Dallas on October 10, 2007
My doctor's office told me I could not eat or drink anything before my test. You should call them back and tell them you need to reschedule the test for first thing in the morning.
R. answers from Dallas on October 10, 2007
I don't believe that there is any requirments to not eat before the test. My doctor told me specificly that there are no tests that I would have to take while pregnant that would require me to skip a meal. Of course that is just for the standard tests that you do during your 9 months. I can't speak for the rules on any special tests. But for the glucose test, I ate like normal before I went to have it done.
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C.J. answers from Dallas on October 09, 2007
When I had my done last year my doctor told me I could eat eggs, meat, toast no jelly and drink water. I would not eat anything sweet or anything with a lot of carbs. Stick to eating just eggs and maybe ham or bacon. Eat breakfast around 10ish that way you will not be starving by 2:00. You might still be hungry, but better to be hungry for a couple of hours then have to take the second test if your results come back high.
M.B. answers from Dallas on October 10, 2007
i didnt know i wasnt supposed to eat anything before mine so i had eggs and hash browns like 2-3 hors before and my dr said that i didnt mess it up. and if it does mess it up they just have you do it over wich is a pain but not a huge deal. hope it helps
M.M. answers from Houston on October 09, 2007
When I took mine 2 years ago, I didn't eat very well, and it messed my results up and so I had to take the 3 hour fasting test (in which I failed that and had to take it twice)!
But... this time around (I took it last month), my Dr. told me to eat eggs, bacon and ham, with a piece of hard cheese and toast. The bread helps with the absorbtion of the protein. So yes, avoid the fruits and yogurt.
I followed that advice and the results were fine, and I felt okay too. Since yours is later in the day, eat a later breakfast, and you can probably have a protein based snack (peanut butter on bread) about an hour before you drink the glucola drink. Oh, the drink is much more tolerable if it has been refridgerated.
Just be sure you drink it all within 5 minutes. And to record the time you finished it, b/c they will need draw your blood exaclty one hour after that. And, if you take anti-nausea meds, it is fine to take those in the morning as well.
L.S. answers from Dallas on October 09, 2007
Hmmmm... I seem to recall that I was also told to eat normally for the initial glucose test;however double check with the nurse. I would also ask if she just means to avoid refined sugars like sodas, candy, etc which shouldn't be a big deal. If that is the case, I would just stick to the normal healthy stuff instead.
A.K. answers from Dallas on October 09, 2007
My suggestion is to call and ask - the 3 hour test is brutal and it is MUCH better to ask and be sure than to be subjected to 3 hours of the NASTY lemon-lime (Yeah - as if the orange wasn't nasty enough, they added a worse flavor!) syrup followed by being stuck like a pin cushion! A five minute phone call will ensure that you and the lab tech/dr are on the same page about food expectations! Good luck!
A.L. answers from Dallas on October 10, 2007
I've done the same thing as the previous woman. I had one slice of whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter. It's important to not eat anything that contains simple sugars or something that breaks down into that. "Bad foods" would be white bread (or white anything), rice cakes, sugary, starchy, sweet foods or drinks, like cakes or soda. Also, don't eat too much! Just a little something will do. If you could reschedule your appointment for an earlier time so that you could fast, that would be ideal. Hope this helps!
J.S. answers from Dallas on October 08, 2007
If your test is just a glucose test, eat as you normally would. A "fasting" blood sugar should be between 70-110, and a non-fasting should not be any higher than 140, about 2 hours after you have eaten a "high carb" meal. If your numbers are higher, your doctor will probably schedule a glucose tolerance test, which can take most of the day, and they will tell you how to prepare for it. Be sure and let them know exactly what you had to eat the day you have your glucose test; whatever you eat will have an effect on your numbers. If they elect not to schedule a GTT, then they will probably just put you on a "diabetic" diet (meaning ~ LIMIT the amount of carbs you eat; they will teach you how, or schedule an appt with a dietician) and you will have to check your glucose levels a few times a day every day throughout the rest of your pregnancy. The glucose testing has gotten a whole LOT BETTER over the years, and now there is minimal pain, if any at all, involved in the testing, not to mention requiring a whole lot less blood to do the tests! I've been a Type 1 (juvenile) diabetic for the past 28 1/2 years, and I'm still here to tell my story! :)
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