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Readers Respond: How did you feel about drinking glucola?

Responses: 13


Updated November 23, 2010

Glucola is a sugary sweet drink given during glucose tolerance testing (GTT) for gestational diabetes. Some love it, others hate, but how about you? Did you wish you could get the recipe, beg for the jelly bean alternative or dread the test?


Gross. I had the 50 g test today, and the result was high so I have to repeat the test next week.
—Guest Nermin

Was not bad at all!

Hi there! My drink was cold, lemon-lime tasting and it was really strong, but I had no problems at all. Unfortunately, my results are above normal, I don't know how high, but I have to come back for additional testing. That one may be worse, but, I have to do it. 50 gr of sugar is nothing - 16 oz of fruit juice (two cups) without added sugar have 52 gr of sugar, not to mention soda drinks, and how about brownies and chocolate fudge cookies? If you were staying completely away from it during your pregnancy, or you do not like sweets, that is perfect, I was being naughty here and there, so, I have to change my diet, that is for sure, no matter what results I get from 3 hour screening.
—Guest Z


Ir wasn't bad, it was really cold so that was good. I've done it quite a few times and I really think the glucola is improving.
—Guest Lori


I just did mine today. This was my 2nd attempt because the first time I didn't drink it fast enough as it was making me sick and baby super jumpy. Same result today. Felt like I was going to be sick for almost 2hrs. I had the orange flavor-it was chilled at least. I really wanted to skip the test all together since excessive weight gain isn't an issue for me but I guess it's better to be on the safe side?
—Guest Amr

50g/100g glucose, artificial color...no

That's not what you'd expect to find on a “recommended” list for pregnant mothers, but those are the ingredients of the drink a pregnant woman must consume if she follows doctors orders for glucose tolerance screening. Women who are health conscious and discerning with the things they consume during pregnancy--or at any time in their life--are not likely going to drink the glucose test beverage without, at least, asking: “Is this really necessary?” If you'd like, read more about what I did after declining the test to address the issue http://texanesemama.blogspot.com/2011/08/prenatal-glucose-test-is-it-necessary.html
—Guest Allie Chee

Not great

It's not the nicest stuff, mine was room temp and seemed a bit slimey! But I had envisaged it would be worse so was pleased about it. However I have felt rather sick, bloated and dodgy stomached still 3 days later and wondered if anyone else did?!
—Guest Georgina


I had to do the glucose tolerance test in both pregnancies. I didn't think I had GD but was diagnosed at 28 weeks and had to start insulin at 30 weeks due to my insulin resistance. When I fell pregnant again, I started showing signs (excessive thirst fatigue and urination) at 15 weeks and asked to be screened. My gp told me I was paranoid. Till my POSITIVE result came up. I started monitoring my bsls and by 23 weeks, started insulin again. My first son was born 39&1, 9lb 8 oz and suffered low sugars for 2 days after the birth. My second, was born 40&1 at 8lb 1 with excellent sugar readings, which had resulted in successful breastfeeding (my first had to have bottles to keep his levels up and I had NO milk). So yes, the test is a pain and the drink doesn't taste that great (reminded me of flat lemonade) it's very important because you don't always have signs and it can have an I'll effect on your bub.
—Guest Jen

what about the baby?

The article mentions that some mothers are concerned about the glucose effects on the fetus, but the issue was not further addressed. I know women with no insurance who do not have this test unless they have already had a high blood sugar level determined. Every woman I know who HAS insurance is practically forced to submit their baby to this huge amount of glucose. What a travesty. No wonder American children are overweight and prone to diabetes. The medical community makes mothers feel guilty if they don't want this test. Let's see statistics on the increased use of this screening and the rise in juvenile diabetes/obesity. I feel like the reason doctors order this test is MONEY.
—Guest bebe


Yes, do drink it really cold. I had the fruit punch with my second pregnancy and didn't think it was that bad. Yes, very sugary, but tolerable.
—Guest Jessica

Wishing I had a choice...

I hated Glucola, and I had plenty of it by the time I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. I would have preferred Jelly beans any day of the week! Better yet, I wish they would come up with a less artificial way of testing glucose tolerance -- utilizing real food that is healthier for the body than being flooded with 50, 75 or 100 g of pure sugar!
—Guest Nikki

Make it Cold

I was told that it is "better" if you drink it really, really cold, almost a slush.

Depends on the Flavor

I think that the lemon/lime flavor is okay but the orange is really gross.
—Guest ARR


I hated it! The first time I drank it I nearly passed out from it. The nurse told me, I probably had gestational diabetes. I didn't. The next time I went the nurse told me I had a choice between the glucola and jelly beans. I tried jelly beans. They were tastier, but it was also hard to eat them really quickly.
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