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7 Techniques To Reduce Post-meal Spikes During Pregnancy

“Gary, I think I need more insulin at breakfast.” “Why do you say that, Julianne?” “Because I’m always having high readings right afterwards, and my obstetrician said I shouldn’t spike after I eat.” “And what happens after the spike?” “It usually comes down to normal before lunch. So do you think I should take more insulin?” After-meal blood sugar spikes can create quite a quandary for anyone with diabetes, particularly during pregnancy. Research has shown that fetal macrosomia (overgrowth of the baby) becomes more common when post-meal blood sugars exceed 120 mg/dl (6.7 mmol). With post-meal readings above 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol), the risk more than doubles from baseline. Fetal macrosomia can cause many problems during pregnancy. When the baby grows and develops too rapidly, it can lead to a premature and more complicated birth. It may also cause injuries to occur to the baby during delivery. Why do after-meal blood sugars have such a major influence on the baby’s growth? Nobody knows for certain. Perhaps, when the mother’s blood sugar “spikes” suddenly after meals, the baby is fed more sugar than its pancreas can “cover” with insulin, and high fet Continue reading >>

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  2. kell-pea

    Hi TimTam 7, my check was just a quick scan in Ob office- he doesn't appear that worried, didn't arrange further testing/scans. He did comment that I only just scrap into GD when I tested with the "new" levels, under the old levels I wouldn't of been considered to have GD. Baby is big all over so not just tummy, legs are long . Since cutting out bread, pasta and cutting down on rice I have dropped 6kgs -I have taken it back to meat & 3 veg type main meals but I found I needed to eat smaller more often (every 3hrs) to keep levels fairly even -my snack between meals is normally an apple or some strawberries with a dash of balsamic. (fasting is normally around 4.5 and after meals is normally around 5.6 (only hit 6.1 after baby shower and eating cupcakes etc)
    My first was over 4kg (9.6oz) and very long (has been off the charts height wise since born and still tracking that way at 5yrs of age), everyone both sides of the family is around the 6ft mark (except me), my daughter was the smallest of her generation (4 cousins so far) and according to my pregnancy records from her I always measured a few weeks ahead.
    I am already booked for a C-section 5days before due date (I have pelvis issues that wont allow baby to engage fully or be birthed naturally) so unless something pops up in the next few weeks I don't think he will change that date.
    Fingers crossed for a smooth last few weeks and goodluck to everyone

  3. wally_23

    Hi just wondering if I can pop in here. Currently 8 wks preg with #4. I was diagnosed with gd at 4wks after a fasting blood test. My level then was only 5.2 which is .1.over the cutoff. I laughed it off really but now some mornings im getting levels as high as 5.9. Today its 5.9 again :/
    My after meals level is fine usually under 6.0 but sometimes under 7.0. My cutoff for that is 7.4 and ive only ever been over once after a big meal at the ILs.

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