Surviving Sugar Shock from My Pregnancy Glucose Test and Better Options to Avoid It

I just survived another sugar shock episode from my pregger glucose test. Thank God it was only very blurred vision, some jitters, and then followed by a violent bout of a bowel clean out 2 hours after the test! Last time I broke out in hives, felt like I drank 10 Red Bulls, had blurred vision, and took two whole days to get myself back to neutral. My body totally freaked out!  I prepped better this time (with my plan below), but this totally made me think this happening two pregnancies in a row just isn’t right.  This obviously can’t be good for me and my baby!  So, what’s a pregger to do? 

I shared my glucose pregger test nightmare with my gal pals, and one of my pregger friends chimed in with a “Help a Mommy Out” comment that said, "She was shocked my OB made me do this!"  She said her OB offered an Organic OJ as a healthy, better option.  What! I had a choice?  I could've saved me and my baby from the chaotic shock this test puts my body through! Why wouldn’t all OBs get on board with this better for Mom, better for Baby option? I felt both pissed and inspired to dig in a little deeper to help other Moms-to-be avoid the negative effects of this ever so dreaded test.  

So, here it is.  I believe this test is a valuable tool to ensure the overall health and wellbeing of ourselves and our babies.  And, yes, we have healthier options to achieve the same test response.  Better options that can still load our systems with enough sugar to coat a Christmas cookie party tray, but minus most of the other harmful crap that comes along with the “Fla-Vor Ice” Concoction that comes standard at most OB offices.  Let’s talk about this crap for a minute.  Artificial Food Coloring with good old nervous system disrupting C Yellow #6, artificial flavors that do the same, and oh yes, BHA, also known as Beta Hydroxy Acid.  Really!  This is the stuff used in facial products used to treat acne prone skin, and is on the “No No List” during pregnancy, but we’re supposed to suck it down in an hour for a Pregnancy “Health” Related Test.  I don’t think so.  If I ever go for Baby #4, which I highly doubt at this point, I’m totally going the healthier alternative route. Let’s have that friendly conversation with our OBs about our options, and help us all enlighten up for the health of ourselves and our babies!

Healthier Pregnancy Glucose Test Options

Based on these options, there must be others as well.  Mention these two, and go from there. 

Pregger Glucose Test Prep/Recovery Plan (if you choose the old school, Glucola drink route):

First of all your blood sugar has to already be stable and you have to be hydrated before you suck down the "Fla-Vor Ice" concoction. If you go in with your blood sugar too low or too high and/or dehydrated you're setting yourself up for a sugared up disaster! Then, get yourself back to neutral with something packed with protein, fat, and a green punch.

Water: make sure you've sipped down at least 20oz clean water before and 8oz right after

Breakfast: Oatmeal (not the artificial sugared kind) with raw walnuts or something with slow digesting whole grains, good fat, and protein like eggs and a piece of sprouted toast.

Snack (if needed depending on time of test): handful of raw nuts, hummus and veggies, hardboiled egg, or something with good fat and protein.

Post Test Recovery:

Kale Chip Smoothie: (compliments of your local juice bar or at home in high speed blender)

- 1 cup almond/cashew/coconut milk

- 4 ice cubes

- 2 Kale leaves de-stemmed or 2 handfuls baby kale

- 1 tbs. Raw Cocoa Nibs

- 1/4 Avocado

- 1 small-medium banana

Blend and love it down!

If a smoothie isn't possible, try any mixed green salad with a lean protein and good fat like Salmon and sliced nuts and EVO.

H2Oooooo:  I was like a camel that just dragged a heavy load across the desert after this test all three times.  It was an all day Chug Fest!  We need extra agua during pregnancy anyway, but when it comes to flushing the nasties out of your body, we need to boost our sips by at least 16oz extra for the day.

So, choose your path, and start the conversation.  Here's to being grateful for better options to enjoy a more positive experience with your pregger glucose test for you and your baby!

Cheers to the Empowered Mama!

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Dani’s Daily Eats

Here’s what going on my plate today to keep me fit and feeling good!

Cereal Mix of the Day

Bowl of Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Cereal mixed with GF Pumpkin Fig granola by Purely Elizabeth
Unsweetened Almond Milk

Snack #1

Kale Chip Smoothie   *GF, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Vegan*

kale chip smoothyServes 1
1 medium ripe banana
2 long leaves of kale (de-stemmed)
¼ Avocado
1 tbsp. Raw Cocoa Nibs
1 c. almond, cashew, or coconut milk
1 c. Ice
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.


Salmon Salad over Field Greens  *GF, Dairy Free, Soy Free*

Serves 1
1 can wild pink Alaskan salmon boneless/skinless, no salt added

Wild Alaska Pink Salmon  Dinner

2 tbsp. Soy Free Veganaise
1 tsp EVO
Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste
Diced Red Onion to taste
1. Mix everything in bowl, and spread over mixed field greens.  Top off salmon salad with diced sweet peppers (color of choice)

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