As a third trimester door prize, I got to take a glucose test this week! I haven’t had one with every pregnancy, but I know I had one during pregnancy No. 2, because I failed the first test and had to take the longer test to determine if I had gestational diabetes. (I didn’t.)
I’m not sure my doctor would have brought it up this time, but I specifically asked him about it. He said he only likes to prescribe testing if there are one or more risk factors at play. My tipping point was my second baby’s weight. He was just a hair under 9 pounds. And I actually did want to take the test because I feel like I’ve been gaining lots of weight rather quickly, although my doctor says I’m on target.
This glucose test differed from my last one in a few ways. First, the doctor didn’t have me fast as long. He advised me to eat breakfast, then wait a couple hours, drink the syrup and go have my blood drawn. I also took the drink home with me rather than downing it in the office. Last, I had a choice of flavors! I’ve had orange in the past, and I know it isn’t tasty, so I opted for lemon-lime this time. (I believe the third flavor was grape, which makes me cringe just thinking about it.)
Drinking the stuff, I tried to tell myself it wasn’t that bad, but my taste buds weren’t buying it. Taking a tablespoon would be totally doable, but emptying the whole bottle was pretty icky. Anyhow, I polished it off, had my blood drawn an hour later and got the results today at my doctor’s appointment. I passed! Reviewing this latest blood test, my weight and measurements, my OB congratulated me, “Thanks for being normal!” Uh … sure!
The only thing really bothering me at the moment is my yucky, phlegmy throat. I’m guessing it’s pregnancy mucus aggravated by seasonal allergies. I’m not usually so affected by pollen, but the timing of the flowers blooming lined right up with this new throat issue. My throat feels so blocked at night, it wakes me up and I have to keep drinking water at all hours. I have the go-ahead to take something for allergy or congestion, but I like to avoid taking meds when possible. I am relieved that it doesn’t seem to be strep, which has been going around lately—antibiotics during pregnancy definitely make me nervous.