Critical for Pregnant Women: Sugar Loading Test
Dear expectant mothers, we will try to answer all your questions about sugar loading, which is an important test during pregnancy. It is very valuable for us that you understand and care about this test, which should be done routinely in the third trimester.
What is a sugar loading test and how is it performed?
Sugar loading is a simple test to screen for gestational diabetes. A sugary drink containing a certain amount of glucose is consumed in the morning on an empty stomach. 1 hour later, blood sugar is measured. If it is high, the test is repeated.
What is the Importance of Sugar Loading?
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious problems such as miscarriage, premature birth, macrosomia and jaundice. With this test, if there is a risk, it can be detected early and necessary measures can be taken. It is vital for the baby.
How should the test be interpreted?
- Below 140 mg/dl at 1 hour is considered normal.
- 140-199 mg/dl is high, the test is repeated.
- Above 200 mg/ is interpreted as gestational diabetes.
In this case, measures such as diet and, if necessary, medication are taken.
How Should Preparation Be Made?
- Fasting should be done 8-14 hours before the test.
- You can only drink water.
- Smoking and alcohol should be avoided.
- Exercise should be avoided.
- Sleep at least 8 hours a night.
Can the Test be Refused?
No, it is an essential part of routine pregnancy follow-up. It should be done at least twice. Do not refuse the test if the doctor insists.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sugar Loading Test
When should the test be done?
Usually between 24-28 weeks is ideal. The second test is done at 28-32 weeks.
How long should the fasting period be?
Fast for a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 14 hours. Only water can be drunk.
How many times can it be repeated?
If the first result is high, a repeat test is performed. If necessary, a third test may be ordered.
Could it be wrong?
Yes, erroneous high or low results can occur. Repetition is therefore important.
Is preparation necessary?
Yes, preparations such as sleep, fasting, avoiding smoking/alcohol, not exercising are essential.
What to look out for during the test?
Care must be taken to ensure that blood is collected at the right time and by standardized methods.
Can it be rejected?
No, if the doctor recommends it, the test should be done. If necessary, insist on it.
What to do if there are problems?
If gestational diabetes is diagnosed, a diabetic diet and, if necessary, medication are administered.
Dear expectant mothers, do not hesitate to contact us with your questions. We wish you a healthy pregnancy!