Pregnancy Calendar – Week 23

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How ya doin’, Sugar?

Speaking of sugar, you’re going to be coming up for your glucose screening test to make sure you’re not rockin’ the gestational diabetes.

It’s one of the more common pregnancy complications – up to 10% of pregnant women develop it – and there aren’t any symptoms, so everyone gets the once over.

You may have had one already if sugar showed up in your urine (one of the many things they are testing for when you pee in a cup every visit) or if you are high risk.

Normally, the test takes place around 24 to 28 weeks. It consists of you drinking a sugary drink that would even make Willy Wonka say, “damn, that’s sweet”, waiting an hour, then having your blood taken to see if your body processed the glucose efficiently.

If it’s too high, you’re sent back for a three-hour glucose tolerance test, where you fast for 14-hours, have your blood taken, drink your sugar shooter, then have your blood tested every hour, for the next three hours.

Bring a book – it’s a long haul.

This will confirm for sure, for sure, if you have gestational diabetes.

While the condition isn’t something to be screwed with, it can usually be managed with diet and exercise and typically it resolves after you have the baby.

This would also be a good time for me to point out that if you have a needle phobia, you’re going to be traumatized a few times during your pregnancy. I am not fond of needles, to say the least, so I had to buckle down and suck it up during both my pregnancies. If it makes you feel any better, I found that having that many blood tests really did help me tone down the terror when it comes to me and needles. If not, take comfort in knowing that it’s unlikely that either of us will become heroin addicts. That’s something.

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