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Week 34 & 35 Update [3-Hour Glucose Test]

Last week was something. I went to the doctor not once but twice!

On Monday, I alarmed the people at work because of how bright red my face was (I choked on my lunch which more than likely had something to do with it and that had also given me a bit of a headache) so I went to my doctor’s office. When I first arrived, my blood pressure was 140/80 so they let me sit for about 10 minutes quietly and checked my blood pressure again – thankfully it had dropped back down to my normal range. They also checked my weight (down a pound from my last appointment), listened to Lil Bean’s heart rate (perfect), checked my legs/feet for swelling (they were fine), tested my reflexes, and decided to take my blood to run Preeclampsia Labs, just in case. They said that everything seemed fine and that I seemed okay, it was probably just a mixture of the headache and anxiety from all the fussing around me that caused my blood pressure to go up.

Then Wednesday was my normal (i.e. scheduled) appointment. Everything went great there. My blood pressure was spot on, my weight was good (I had regained that pound), Lil Bean’s heart rate was good, and my belly was measuring on par. They did mention again about taking the 3-hour glucose test (as I had failed my glucose test by one point previously) so I decided to get it done. Lil Bean’s health is what matters most to me.

35 Weeks

The 3-hour glucose test was SO boring. I definitely recommend that you bring something to do while you are there. I brought my laptop, two books, and my journal to keep me occupied because I was there from about 7:30 until 12:00 basically (thankfully I arrived early because the place where I went is walk-in only and by midmorning it was packed). During the last two hour-long waits, I ended up taking brief naps in my car (after setting an alarm) which was nice because I went to work after.

Basically this is how my 3-hour glucose test went:

  • The first time they took my blood, it was my “fasting” level to gauge what my normal blood sugar level is. I hadn’t had anything to eat since 9 p.m. the previous night – no water or anything – so it was nice that I got there early.
  • I drank 100 mg of the glucola mixture (orange flavored this time, I actually like it better than the fruit punch) and went back to the lobby to wait.
  • After an hour, they drew my blood and I went back to the lobby to wait again (or rather, my car for nap #1). I know some people have had issues with the glucola drink (nausea, headaches, etc.) but I had zero issues with it.
  • After another hour, they drew my blood again and I went back to my car for nap #2.
  • Finally, after another hour, they drew my blood for the fourth time and I was free to go!

Even though I did bring snacks with me for after my test, I beelined it straight to the water fountain and then the cafeteria. At this point, I felt great, just starving. I ended up eating a turkey burger and french fries and it tasted like the best thing I had ever eaten.

EDIT: I received my results back on Tuesday morning so I thought that I would do a quick update on my results – 

Fasting: 85 mg/dL (Standard Range: 70-95 mg/dL)
1 Hour: 169 mg/dL (Standard Range: 65-179 mg/dL)
2 Hour: 139 mg/dL (Standard Range: 65-154 mg/dL)
3 Hour: 105 mg/dL (Standard Range: 65-139 mg/dL)

At this point of my pregnancy (35 weeks), I feel like we are in the home stretch and I am preparing myself that Lil Bean could come at any time. There are still a few things that I need to get done before his arrival:

  • Car seat installation – This is priority #1!
  • Pack my hospital bag
  • Oil change for my car – Scheduled
  • Prepare a couple of freezer meals – Robb spent the weekend defrosting and cleaning out our big freezer (it needed it) so we have a decent amount of space available. I want to have a couple of freezer meals stored away for us to quickly grab when we are starving but exhausted. A few weeks ago, I helped Robb process a deer into ground venison but since he went on and seasoned all of it, he wants to kill another deer for us to have unseasoned meat to put away. I’ll use the unseasoned ground venison instead of ground beef until it runs out which will certainly help us save on our grocery bill.

5 Comments

  1. ugh girl the glucoste test is the worst! only a few more weeks!

  2. I absolutely love this article, it clearly portrays what one can expect from the 3 hour test! And congrats on passing!!! Hope you enjoy the last few weeks of your pregnancy!

  3. This should give other moms a heads up about the glucose test! Good job!

  4. what a wonderful read, almost took me back to my days, all the best, few more weeks of go 😊

  5. Congrats on the pregnancy and on passing the test!

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