Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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The Dreaded Orange Drink

Can I drink one of these instead?

If it only tasted as good as these look...

Next week, I have my next OB appointment.  This visit is definitely a mixed bag – I get to take my glucose challenge screening and they will be performing a 3D ultrasound.  I’m cautiously excited about the ultrasound.  Nathan and Emily both had multiple 3D ultrasounds, but neither cooperated for any of them.  Either they were moving around too much or were in awkward positions.  We’ll see how New Baby does with it.

I’m not particularly excited for the glucose challenge screening.  That’s the official name for the diabetes test typically administered around or before twenty-eight weeks.  Soon after I arrive for my appointment, I’ll be given a sugar solution containing a certain amount of glucose.

The sugar solution is usually orange.  When I took the test with Nathan, I had my choice of several flavors.  I don’t remember with Emily if I had options.  Some women detest the taste of the solution and feel nauseous after taking it.  I think it tastes like fairly flat orange soda.  An hour after drinking the solution, a blood sample is taken to determine whether or not I “passed.”

Why do pregnant women have to take the test?  The test helps determine how efficiently our bodies process sugar.  And if we are unable to efficiently process sugar, it could be a sign that we have developed gestational diabetes.  Gestational diabetes is a condition that exists only during pregnancy and does not usually affect the health of the mother.  It can, however, cause problems for the baby such as excessive weight at birth, greater risk of birth injury, low blood sugar in the baby after birth, jaundice, and respiratory distress syndrome.  With proper management of gestational diabetes, though, these problems can be minimized.

Women who have abnormal test results from the first test will be given another test, a glucose tolerance test, to determine if they truly have gestational diabetes.  Only fifteen percent of women who do not pass the first test will be diagnosed with gestational diabetes.  So if you don’t “pass” the first test, don’t panic – your odds are greater than five in six that you are just fine.

So, I head in on Monday to see how everyone is doing.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that all the Easter candy we’ve had last week won’t get me in trouble.  And that New Baby is feeling cooperative for his photo shoot.

How was your experience with the diabetes test if you have already had it?  And if you haven’t, are you nervous?  What have you heard about it?

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One Comment on “The Dreaded Orange Drink”

  • Rebakah March 24th, 2013 1:24 am

    I have not had it done yet, but a friend of mine told me it does not taste that great. So I am kinda nervous.

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