Glucose Screening

Written by Serena Berger
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Many doctors recommend that pregnant women go for a glucose screening at the start of their second trimester. This test can determine if you suffer from gestational diabetes, which is a condition that results from having a high blood sugar level during your pregnancy. Approximately five percent of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes, which makes it one of the most common problems that women may encounter during pregnancy.

If your physician has detected a high level of sugar during routine urine tests, he may recommend that you go for a glucose screening test before your second trimester. It is important to note that a positive result does not necessarily imply that you have gestational diabetes. Approximately one third of women who test positive from a glucose screening have gestational diabetes; if you test positive, you may want to go for a more sensitive test such as a glucose tolerance test.

Where to Get a Glucose Screening Performed

If you need to get tested, you can have it done at your doctor's office. Some pharmacies are also able to conduct glucose screenings. The test consists of swallowing a sugar solution and having your blood taken an hour later so that the test can determine how efficiently your body can process sugar. You can pick up the results in a few days and if necessary schedule a glucose tolerance test to get a more definitive result.

If you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you can work closely with your physician or a diabetes specialist or nutritionist to manage the condition. In most cases, it only lasts for the length of your pregnancy. Some women continue to have diabetes after giving birth, so you will need to schedule another test a month after you have given birth.

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