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The Stupid Glucose Tolerance Test

Yes, you read me right.  I hate that stupid test.  You know, the one where you have to arrive at the clinic fasting, pee in a cup, drink an insanely sugary drink in 5 minutes (which, for the record, isn’t all that bad), wait for an hour then get your blood drawn before you can eat!

Urgh.  Painful!

The worst part is when you fail the test.  Or, in my case, when you just fail the test (I’m talking being 0.3 points over the accepted limit) not once, but twice (yup, I failed it when I was pregnant with Charles too, by the same margin no less…).

You see, now I have to redo the test.  Except this time, I get to wait for two hours before I can leave and go on an eating rampage (some people need their coffee in the morning, I need my breakfast – especially when I’m pregnant).  But that’s not the worst part.  The worst part is the stupid diet that I have to follow for three days before redoing the test.

Do you know how much food I have to eat to get ready for take 2?  It’s insane.


Here, I’ll show you what I have to try to manage and gobble down for three whole days:


  • 1 fruit or fruit juice
  • 1 serving of cereal
  • 1 egg or 1 oz of cheese
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Butter as desired
  • 1 serving of jelly or jam
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Sugar as desired

Lunch and Supper

  • 4oz meat, fish, eggs or cheese
  • 1 serving of potatoes, rice or pasta
  • 1 serving of veggies or salad with dressing
  • 1 slice of bread
  • Butter as desired
  • 1 cup milk
  • Sugar as desired
  • 1 serving of fresh or canned fruit
  • 1 serving of ice cream

Mid-morning & Mid-afternoon snack

  • 1 fruit or fruit juice
  • 1 serving of yogurt or ice cream

Bedtime Snack

  • 1 slice of bread or 4 crackers
  • 1 oz of cheese
  • 1 cup of milk

Seriously, who eats that much?

Anyway, I’ll be starting this Friday and will be using my day off Monday morning to redo the glucose tolerance test.

That is, if my stomach doesn’t explode…





Thirty-something year old discovering the joys and bumps of motherhood.

10 thoughts on “The Stupid Glucose Tolerance Test

  1. WOW-

    I missed mine too last week. Not by much, but they run our test differently. When you fail the initial tolerance test (or screening as they call it) you then have to go back for a three hour trip. You have to fast for a minimum of 8 hours before the test- only water. Then they draw blood on you for a fasting count, then you have to drink the delicious drink in 5 minutes or less. Once you’ve finished they draw more blood every hour for three hours.

    Now mind you the screening drink isn’t bad because you have food in your stomach. Of the three women who started the three hour test the same morning that I did- One vomited and had to stop the test and go home. The second had to lay down in a dark room because she felt nauseous and faint. And then there was myself who managed to drink enough water to keep myself from feeling overly ill. The phlebotomist told me ” Whatever you do, just don’t vomit, then you have to try again another day.”

  2. Hum, interesting to see how different places have different practices. A 3h wait is insane! I’d likely want to kill everyone in the room.

    Hope your results come back ok, I know mine did with my first pregnancy.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I hope your test comes out ok, At least you can manage to drink the stuff, I couldn’t handle more than a few sips, and the little bit I did get down nearly came back up again.

    1. Thanks, I’m keeping my fingers crossed as well. Eek, too bad you have so much trouble with the test. What do you do given that you can’t keep the stuff down? Is there another way they can test for you?

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