Screening and Tests for Gestational Diabetes
Routine screening and testing for gestational diabetes occurs when women are between 24 and 28 weeks pregnant. After learning about a patient’s medical history and conducting a physical exam, doctors use a glucose screening test to see if the blood glucose level is higher than what is normal for pregnancy. It involves drinking a specialized glucose drink, and measuring the blood glucose level fasting, then after one hour and again after another hour.
If the glucose level during this test is high, a specialized diet will be recommended and another glucose test will be performed a few days later.
Learn more about how these tests detect gestational diabetes.