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    Gestational Diabetes and Anemia

    Do the HK doctors routinely test for Gestational Diabetes and Anemia, and when/during what week of the pregnancy do they usually conduct the tests?

    Thanks.

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    the publis system tests EVERYONE for GD. not sure about anemia though.

    i think the testing for GD depends on you. i'm a little overweight (about 20 pounds) but the drs told me they needed to test me early because of "your obesity".. their bedside manner... wow, so awesome!

    they tested me at 9 weeks for both pregnancies. it was aweful for me because i had such aweful morning sickness...the thing is if you vomit, you void the test and have to do it again on another day...

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    I was tested for gestational diabetes in the private system at 28 weeks. You have to drink a pint of sugar solution and then have your blood taken once every hour for three hours.

    But every week from when I first when to visit the ob they take a urine sample to test for protein and sugar.

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    Thanks for the replies. I am about 24 weeks along but my doctor still has not mentioned either of these tests to me. I was about 10 pounds overweight when I got pregnant but my doctor never brought up the GD issue, just told me not to gain too much weight while pregnant.
    Should I request the test?

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    You can, although I believe he will offer it to you at 28 weeks. If you are worried about it ask him.

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    if you do the public system...
    you fast from midnight the night before. you have your blood taken and then you drink what feels like a huge amount of sickly sweet, disgusting syrupy water. then you wait 2 hours and have your blood taken again.

    that's it....

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    I did the test at Tsan Yuk too. Cara, I don't think eveyone does it. For me they discovered diabetes runs in my family and recommeded I do it. Only 5 of us took the test. I was around 30 weeks at the time.

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    they may have changed it, but from what i understood during my first, they made everyone do it as a precaution...

    the first time i did it, there were about 20 women there.

    this time, i did it at QMH as i'm being taken care of by the high risk team... there were about 15 women there.

    i truly hope they don't make everyone do it. it is an absolutely aweful test! i dread it for days before hand!

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