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Lucozade Test

Screening for blood sugar problems during pregnancy

About 2 in 100 women develop raised blood sugar during pregnancy. This is known as "diabetes of pregnancy" or "gestational diabetes". If this happens and is NOT treated, it may cause problems for your baby. Your baby may grow larger than normal which can make delivery more difficult. It may also cause the baby's blood sugar to be too low at birth.

Proper treatment can prevent these problems. Therefore you may be offered a screening test to check that your blood sugar is within normal limits. This is simply a drink of Lucozade followed by a blood test. This test is best done between weeks 28-30.

Full instructions will be given to you by your midwife. If the result of the Lucozade test is raised it will be necessary to perform a further test to confirm the result.