Glucose Testing

Right around your 28th week of pregnancy,  a simple finger stick in the office will help us to determine two things---your current hemoglobin and your blood sugar.  

Your blood sugar will be tested one hour after you have consumed 50 grams of glucose.   It should be within normal range.  If it is not, don't panic.  We will send you home with a glucometer and instructions on how to test yourself for several days.  We will have you test yourself first thing in the morning (fasting) and then an hour after your meals for a couple of days and see how your body is handling your normal diet.  If your glucose levels are within normal range then there is no problem.  But if your levels are higher than normal, you will need to commit to eating a diabetic diet for the remainder of your pregnancy and achieving normal glucose ranges in order for us to continue to consider your pregnancy "low risk".

You may chose to go to LabCorp (with a lab requisition) and do a regular 1-hour glucose test, or you may test in my office after consuming either:

10 oz of grape juice

28 dye free jellybeans (See the abstract concerning this protocol HERE)

1 bottle of Naked Juice’s Red Machine drink

Alternately, you can purchase an inexpensive glucose monitoring system from any drug store and test your blood sugar at home for a week (fasting and two 1-hour after a meal) and send me the results.

Please consume your 50 grams approximately one hour before your appointment!  Fast after midnight before your appointment (drink all the water you want).

© Brenda Parrish 2020