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Gestational Diabetes: Dealing With Low Blood Sugar

Introduction Women who take insulin shots or take the medicine glyburide are at risk for low blood sugar levels. Most women with gestational diabetes do not have problems with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). If your blood sugar (glucose) drops very low, make sure to get treated immediately so that neither you nor your baby is harmed. Key points Low blood sugar occurs when the sugar level in the blood drops below what the body needs to function normally. Women who take insulin may get low blood sugar if they don't eat enough food, skip meals, exercise more than usual, or take too much insulin. These steps can help you avoid a life-threatening emergency from low blood sugar: Test your blood sugar often so that you don't have to guess when your blood sugar is low. Know the signs of low blood sugar (sweating, shakiness, hunger, blurred vision, and dizziness). The best treatment for low blood sugar is to eat quick-sugar foods. Liquids will raise your blood sugar faster than solid foods. Keep the list of quick-sugar foods in a convenient place. Wait 10 to 15 minutes after eating the quick-sugar food, and, if possible, check your blood sugar again. Keep some hard candy, raisins, or other Continue reading >>

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  1. ESUJessey

    My blood sugar levels have been so good lately, it's kinda like my gestational diabetes just went away. Weird. In fact, I was so low today after lunch, it's like I'm going the opposite of diabetic. What the heck? Apparently most people with gestational diabetes have worsening symptoms towards the end, but mine have drastically improved. Low levels should only even happen to people taking insulin I thought. I'm not. Thoughts?

  2. Angellove32086

    I am on Metformin, not insulin and I regularly get low blood sugar levels. I particularly get low levels after it was high the day before. Out of curiosity why haven't you delivered? my doctors wont let me go past the first day of 39 weeks because of the risk of placental failure. The diabetes makes your placenta work far harder to filter out toxins according to my Drs. I don't have any experience with the sugars dropping off but then again I haven't ever been more than 38 weeks pregnant. Good luck and I hope you have a happy healthy baby and a super easy delivery!

  3. ESUJessey

    They have an induction scheduled for Monday (my due date is Sat). I'm not happy about it, but she said she normally doesn't let GD patients go past 39. But, I've had great numbers and have aced all my bio physicals, my placenta looks great, have controlled with diet, and mom and baby are great. Honestly, I don't see the reason to induce since everything is fine, but I think I've pressed it as far as I can go and I'm starting to make my OB uncomfortable. So, I consented to the stupid induction. Praying baby will just come naturally this weekend. I've read that as long as one isn't on insulin and the numbers are well controlled, there isn't really any greater risk than a normal pregnancy, but it doesn't seem to be protocol for doctors to treat each GD patient as individuals. At least I got to go this far I guess.

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