Doctor Tips, Weeks 14-26

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Week 25

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

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  1. This is one of the only memories I was actually able to keep up with during my 2nd pregnancy! With my 1st, I kept a pregnancy journal of sorts with things that were happening, doctor’s notes from each appointment, belly pictures each week, nursery updates… With #2, #1 was in full-blown toddler mode, so belly pictures were my only documented memory. I’m glad I made myself continue that tradition!

    1. It’s so true, the 2nd (and 3rd and 4th….) kids start having way less documentation even from before they are born! Thank goodness for smartphones these days 🙂


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