What to Eat Before Gestational Diabetes Test


No dancing around the truth here. Find out what to eat for the glucose screening test, what to do for the best results, and a few helpful tips for testing day.

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The Best Chance Of Passing

The best chance you have of passing the test is to eat a healthy diet throughout pregnancy.

What The Test results Mean

The test is a discovery of whether or not your body produces enough insulin to maintain blood sugars at safe levels.


Dietary changes and exercise is ideal. Medications are available; a common one being Metformin. Insulin injections are next in line. Discuss options with your health care provider.

Early Glucose Screening 

Your healthcare provider will test you for gestational diabetes between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy with the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT).

1 Hour Glucose Test Procedure 

Your health care provider will give you the glucola drink. It has to be consumed within 10 minutes. The time you finish is recorded; then your blood is tested one hour later.

What To Eat Before The Test

Attempting to "cheat" for a positive result will put you and baby at increased risk for complications Not changing a thing about what you eat is how you will get the most accurate results.

3 Hour Glucose Test Procedure 

The three-hour glucose test requires you to fast at least 8 hours. This test requires 4 blood draws. During this time you cannot leave or eat.

Gestational Diabetes diagnosis 

Different governing organizations determine the criteria. Many doctors abide by the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) standards for diagnosis.

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