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Gestational Diabetes and Bearing Bigger Babies

Posted by Lara Salahi August 20, 2013 01:06 PM

Around week 24 of pregnancy, your doctor will likely ask you to drink a highly sweetened Tang-like beverage. Some forms of the drink are fruity flavored, but I remember still needing to hold my nose and swallow. 

After an hour, a blood sample is taken from your arm and tested for your sugar level.  

That drink actually contains 50 grams of sugar, and your doctor is testing how well your body has processed the sugar within that amount of time. It’s called an oral glucose tolerance test and the results can determine whether you have gestational diabetes mellitus, or GDM.

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