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When Should I Test My Blood Sugar After Eating With Gestational Diabetes?

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Blood sugar levels during pregnancy should be lower than in the non-pregnant state. The gestational diabetes treatment goal is to keep blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible, in order to prevent the potential complications for the baby and the pregnancy. There is no consensus on what the blood sugar goals should be. The American Diabetes Association (the ADA)’s glucose targets are : Fasting blood glucose concentration ?95 mg/dL (5.3 mmol/L) One-hour postprandial blood glucose concentration ?140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L) Two-hour postprandial glucose concentration ?120 mg/dL (6.7 mmol/L) The glucose targets for the American College of Gynecologist (ACOG) are: Fasting glucose concentration ?95 mg/dL (5.3 mmol/L) or One hour-postprandial glucose <130 to 140 mg/dL (7.2 to 7.8 mmol/L) or Two hour-postprandial blood concentration ?120 mg/dL (6.7 mmol/L) Keeping blood glucose levels normal will reduce the risk that the baby will be large (weigh greater than 9 lbs at birth). A large baby can be hard to deliver through the pelvis (leading to a complication called shoulder dystocia). This increases the risk of injuring the infant (e.g. broken bones or nerve injury). A large baby is als Continue reading >>

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  1. midori1999

    I had my first GD clinic last Weds. They asked me to monitor my blood glucose, stick to a healthy diet with sensible portions of complex carbs and see them next week.
    I can't seem to get my fasting blood glucose down, but this morning after breakfast my reading was 10.5mmol. Do I need to do anything about this, is it a reason to worry? Or quite normal?

  2. trixie123

    what did you have? If your reading is high but you KNOW its because you had something "bad" then I wouldn't worry too much. See what it is at 2hrs. A few one off higher readings are not an issue so long as it doesn't STAY high for hours. If this it keep happening, keep a detailed food journal and go back to the clinic in a week or so. Bear in mind fruit and fruit juice can give very high readings, whilst seemingly healthy.

  3. fallingandlaughing

    I don't know about GD, but in Insulin Dependent Diabetes a reading of 10.5 after eating would be fine. You could check again 2 hours after eating and see how it is then.
    If you are worried phone them tomorrow to go over your results so far. And watch out for hidden sugars - fruit juice is nearly as sugary as coke!

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