Don’t bother fasting before your gestational diabetes test—there’s no “beating” the test. More in week 25.
Testing for gestational diabetes stresses many pregnant women out. Here’s the good news: you’ll either have it or you won’t, and there’s no “beating” the test. That means fasting ahead of time will not make your blood sugar level better. In fact, pregnant women should eat their normal diet for a few days beforehand to make the results as accurate as possible. Most obstetric providers are doing a two-step test as well. Lots of women have an abnormal screening test but their confirmatory test is normal, so fear not if you are in this group! And remember, if you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, speaking with a nutritionist and exercising can be the best way to keep your baby healthy and possibly avoid the need for diabetes medications.
Read more about week 25.
Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, April 2020