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Gestational Diabetes Test 38 Weeks

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37 Weeks Pregnant With Gestational Diabetes

By week 37 of pregnancy, a woman has likely been managing her gestational diabetes for about nine weeks. Blood tests for the condition are performed at the beginning of the third trimester, around 28 weeks. Although gestational diabetes does place women in a higher pregnancy risk category, the condition can be managed with careful vigilance. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that between two and 10 percent of women are diagnosed with gestational diabetes annually. The ACOG defines gestational diabetes as excess levels of glucose in the blood. Excess glucose occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin to convert glucose into energy. The condition comes and goes with pregnancy. Women who develop gestational diabetes with one pregnancy are more likely to develop it in subsequent pregnancies. The ACOG says that up to one half of them will develop type 2 diabetes later in life. Diet, exercise and, occasionally, medication are key to gestational diabetes control. Patients need to avoid refined carbohydrates, sugar and caffeine and maintain a regimen of either swimming, walking or prenatal yoga. Insulin shots are sometimes necessary. If gestational dia Continue reading >>

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  1. tacoteapot

    I'm taking Metformin 1000mg BID for my PCOS after a few years of not being on it. I was originally taking 500mg ER BID daily which I had minimal issues with, but my new doctor wanted to put me on 2000 daily this time.
    Since taking the metformin, I feel like I've been experiencing extreme fatigue. Whilst I can usually sleep until 12 regardless, as I sleep late, I could easily sleep past 2pm now - something I haven't been able to do when not severely depressed. I don't know if I should try and not take the metformin for a day and see what happens, or if I should just automatically request a lower dose?

  2. LovelyLacey

    Yes but to combat it I take b12. Like a hefty dose. 5000 a day- 2500 am and pm. I forget now where I read/heard that women on metformin have low B12 levels. Now b12 is more of an energy/metabolism deal but when I'm tired the muscle fatigue really sets in. If I can keep my energy up the fatigue isn't as bad. Can definitely tell when I've forgotten to take a dose. I would ask your endo/primary before going too high with your dosage but you can always start small and build and talk with your provider.
    Edit: also I want to say you need to have a calcium supplement in there as well that helps to absorb the b12. It's late but I'll do some searching tomorrow and hopefully post some decent sources.

  3. tacoteapot

    Thanks for the suggestion with the B12. This is something I'll definitely bring up to my GP. Metformin helps, but the fatigue is too much for me to handle right now.

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