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Why does a woman need a glucose-tolerance test during pregnancy?

A glucose-tolerance test is performed between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy to screen for gestational diabetes, which some women develop only during pregnancy. This test is safe and simple and involves the mother drinking a concentrated sugar solution, then having her blood drawn and tested at a timed interval. The results analyze how well her body uses or metabolizes sugar. Diabetes exists when there is a high amount of sugar in the blood because of the body’s failure to handle it normally.

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