An Interior Designer by trade and now a work at home mom, Anastasia stays busy with one free-spirited three year old girl, a little boy born November 2011, and one sweetheart husband. She loves photography, art, culinary experiments in her kitchen, being outdoors, and dancing to Russian folk music with her daughter while nobody is watching. Anastasia enjoys sharing her passion for family oriented, healthy and frugal green living. You can take a peek at her not-so-ordinary parenting at Eco-Babyz.

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Third Trimester: Glucose Test Alternatives

glucose drinkOf all things odd and wrong about the medical establishment today, this one’s really hard for me to understand! Most women who have kids and who I know are pregnant absolutely hate the glucose test for gestational diabetes because of the flat, colored soda drink you have to gulp down. What is it made of anyway?

GLUTOLE ingredients: Glucose syrup, maltodextrin, purified water, acidity control compound E330, preservative E211, cola aroma, foodstuff colour E150, and carbonic acid.

Preservatives and food colouring? Acidity control compound? Yuck! This is not food folks! Sure, many pregnant moms wouldn’t care, they probably eat a ton of mass produced garbage with similar additives every day (so do the kids). Me? Never in a million years. I haven’t had even a sip of soda in three years. I wish I knew what’s in this glucose drink with my first pregnancy.

So, never mind that this unhealthy absurdity is given to us and our fetuses. Take this – for the 1 hour test you can substitute this toxic drink with two slices of bread and one banana (50 grams of glucose). How do I know? I did the test last week. All I had to do is tell my midwife that I do not want to do the test and she said “You know what, you don’t have to drink that flat soda drink, here is a list of things you can bring with you and eat at the lab instead.” What? Why wasn’t I told this before? Why isn’t every woman told this, that she has a choice? This made me a little angry – especially at my last OB who knew I dislike all things ‘unnatural’ and never told me this information.

Moreover, no procedure can be forced on you and your unborn baby. You have the right to refuse anything. Though I do not recommend skipping the test if you are overweight or have a family history of diabetes/gestational diabetes, if you know you are healthy and eat a healthy diet – it’s your choice. It isn’t mandatory.

All this was news to me, so I just had to share! There is so little information about it online. Just ask your care provider and they should be able to tell you about the alternatives. I was given a handout for what I could eat and it includes combinations for the 3 hour GTT (100 grams of glucose), for the one hour I could just pick a combination of ingredients that equaled 50 grams of glucose. Here are the approximate glucose numbers for each item:

  • 30 6 oz Grape juice
  • 15 Slice of bread
  • 30 cup of cereal
  • 20 banana
  • 12 cup of milk
  • 30 two slices of bread
  • 40 16 oz orange juice
  • 40 8 oz apple juice

So for example, for the 1 hour test I could take half a banana with 8 oz of apple juice which equals 50 grams of glucose. I chose from whatever I had on hand and had the two slices of bread with a whole banana. This is what our lab has come up with, be sure to ask your care provider first though and don’t just show up at the lab with what I’ve told you! No pregnant mom should have to gulp down that toxic drink, I hope this is helpful!

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  2. Amy Thiessen @ These Wild Acres 03/30/2017 at 6:52 am

    Awesome! I’m going in for test this morning- and plan on having a banana and juice! When I mentioned to a friend that I refused the orange drink… she was like, but why would anyone want to do that! Whoops! I forgot not everyone scrutinizes every test from the docs like I do…. 😀

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  5. Elizabeth 03/22/2015 at 9:14 pm

    Hi There, I am doing a lot of research right now about glucose test alternatives and I appreciate this article. My OB is open to the idea but would like to know the source of where/how you determined how much glucose is in each food. Do you have that information? I have spent time on and there is some great info there but some of it is a little different than what is in this article. My OB is open to offering this option to his other patients but I just need the sources if that is possible. Or a website or place I could go to do further research. Thank you again for this wonderful article.

  6. thefolia 12/22/2014 at 12:54 am

    I just refused the glucose drink and happy to have found a team that will work with me. Happy nesting to all the babies in the tummy!

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  8. mattor 07/26/2014 at 10:54 pm

    I love reading through a post that will make people think.

    Also, thank you for permitting me to comment!

  9. Vika 10/30/2013 at 1:02 pm

    Thank you so much, Anastasia! When i read this i thought that you are like my mind-twin:))) i completely agree with what you wrote and that every pregnant woman should have a choice and i never understood why doctors do not suggest the healthy alternative to this toxicity!!! Thank you so much for providing the list of healthy things!:) yey, now i can stop stressing and calmly do my test next week!

  10. erin 10/25/2013 at 8:27 am

    I hate how you blame your first OB for not overseeing this option to you yet did you ask? If you are so against eating certain things I would think you would be more proactive in finding out what you were consuming. If you don’t ask about stuff involving your body and your baby please don’t complain about it later. You are just as responsible as your ob. Don’t assume your doc can remember every little detail of every pt they have, they are human. My ob never offered me that drink, he gave me alternatives.

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  12. Susan 08/23/2013 at 10:20 am

    I’m so mad now. I recently took both the one-hour and the three-hour tests. Nobody told me I could have eaten something healthy instead of drinking that nastiness.

  13. HiLLjO 03/07/2013 at 3:47 pm

    Nāked juice makes a drink called “Red Machine” that contains 50g sugar in one bottle. Phew! From fruit!!!

  14. Rachel G. 01/29/2013 at 6:03 pm

    My glucose drink I was sent home with and told to drink 30 min prior to my appointment contains brominated vegetable oil and artificial flavor and food coloring red 40. What??! I’m shocked that if simple food will work, why they hand you this junk to drink! I’m glad I found your website-I was looking for an natural alternative! Thank you for this information!!!!

  15. Voula 01/27/2013 at 10:50 pm

    Thank you for this article. I’ve since called my OBGYN since my glucose test is next week, and she did mention I can substitute it with orange juice. Orange juice??? Why would they make you drink that awful stuff when you can simply drink orange juice?? A maternity ultrasound technician actually mentioned she doesn’t recommend anyone coming in to do ultrasound after taking the glucose test because the baby’s sugar crash can last up to 3 days. That’s awful. Aside from the harmful ingredients you and the baby have to ingest unnecessarily. Again thanks. Didn’t realize the solution was that simple.

  16. Anastasia @ eco-babyz 01/22/2013 at 10:53 pm

    Josie, I didn’t have an OB but worked with a midwife and they were not surprised at my question, I guess at that particular birthing center it is common for moms to want alternatives to conventional procedures. 🙂

  17. Josie Elefson 01/22/2013 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I was looking for this exact info. I totally agree with you: the ingredients in the glucose drink are disgusting and definitely doesn’t do a baby-momma’s body and her baby good. I’m curious to know how your doctor responded to this request.

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  19. Holly Wilson 09/13/2011 at 2:42 pm

    I did know there were some alternatives and asked for a “real food” alternative. I was told I could eat jellybeans instead. Still not what I wanted, but SO much better than that nasty stuff most women have to drink.

  20. Anastasia B 09/10/2011 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for the comment Luda! The fasting option is great too, which is what I would do if I was close to my midwife. Since I faint if I don’t have breakfast and it is a 45 minute drive for me I went with the other options 🙂 Either way better than drinking that stuff!

  21. Luda 09/10/2011 at 8:52 am

    Im glad you posted this article, its amazing how much i searched on the internet and a lot of pregnant woman are clueless that there is other way to take the test not the only standard way that they offer you at the hospital. I did the fasting one and i was in and out, not waiting an hour for results.

  22. Anastasia B 08/24/2011 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks for the comment Moorea! Good for you for going with your instincts 🙂

  23. Moorea 08/24/2011 at 11:40 am

    Great article! This test didn’t seem right to me either. I just straight up told my doctor that I had a diabetes monitoring kit at home from when I was hypoglycemic in the beginning of my pregnancy. I told her I would poke my finger and chart my blood glucose for two days. Only eight tiny pokes later, I presented the findings that I didn’t have GD. Still, I would have rather drank grape juice. Here is to women telling drs. we are going to make our own best choices for our bodies!

  24. Anastasia B 08/23/2011 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks for commenting Rachael and Erica! Yes, there are a lot of things I would rather eat!

    I’ve watched The Business of Being Born a couple of years ago, actually just two months before I gave birth to my first. I remember after watching it I really wanted to change my birth plans but it was a little late. It’s certainly an eye opener!

  25. Rachael Herrscher 08/23/2011 at 12:55 pm

    love this post! And that glucose test is the WORST thing on the planet. I’d seriously rather eat a whole Snickers bar (or 3) than drink that nastiness!

  26. Erica Fehrman 08/23/2011 at 9:00 am

    Wow. Why is OB care so unnatural in this country? Thanks so much for sharing this. If you haven’t watched Ricky Lake’s “The Business of Birth,” I think you’d really like it.