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Expecting The Best: Diabetes, Pregnancy, And Blood Glucose Control

by Laura Hieronymus, RN, MSEd, CDE and Patti Geil, MS, RD, LD, CDE Pregnancy can be a special and exciting time in a woman's life. The anticipation begins as soon as you hear the words: “You're expecting a baby.” Once you've gotten used to the amazing news, you may wonder about such things as whether the baby will be a boy or a girl, when the baby is due, and, perhaps most important, what you need to do in the meantime to make sure the baby stays healthy and develops normally. All women feel a certain amount of anxiety and sometimes even fear about how pregnancy will affect them, and whether their baby will be healthy and normal. Women with diabetes are no different, but they do have one more thing to be concerned about: maintaining control of blood glucose levels. This is true whether a woman has type 1 or type 2 diabetes before becoming pregnant, or whether she is diagnosed with a condition called gestational diabetes during pregnancy. The good news is that if a woman who has diabetes (of any type) learns as much as she can about managing her blood glucose, and puts that knowledge into practice, she can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Blood glucose control essent Continue reading >>

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  1. thesmiths88

    I'm wondering about this as I'm now coming up to 37 weeks. A week last Wed I had my last GD clinic appointment until I'm induced at 38+4. I have noticed that my blood sugar levels have been quite low in the last week, a lot lower than I would have thought. I've not changed my insulin or my diet and tonight I had pasta which should have given me a high reading, it came out at around 5.5 which I was very surprised about!
    I can't really find much info on the net, so I thought I'd ask here .... do your sugar levels drop during the last few weeks?
    Thanks!

  2. Caezzybe

    This was discussed in another thread a couple of months ago. I dont want to worry you, but you need to speak to your diabetes midwife/nurse about this as it could be a sign that the placenta isn't functioning as well as it could be and it's probably safer to get it checked out.
    *edit* Here is a link to the thread I am talking about:
    http://www.babyandbump.com/gestation...-36-weeks.html

  3. thesmiths88

    Thanks for that - I've got a call into my diabetes nurse and waiting for a call back. Hopefully I'm worrying about nothing!

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