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How Does Gestational Diabetes Affect The Baby After Birth

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I Have Gestational Diabetes. How Will It Affect My Baby?

Will gestational diabetes hurt my baby? Most women who develop diabetes during pregnancy go on to have a healthy baby. Dietary changes and exercise may be enough to keep blood sugar (glucose) levels under control, though sometimes you may also need to take medication. But untreated gestational diabetes can cause serious problems. If blood sugar levels remain elevated, too much glucose ends up in the baby's blood. When that happens, the baby's pancreas needs to produce more insulin to process the extra sugar. Too much blood sugar and insulin can make a baby put on extra weight, which is stored as fat. This can make the baby grow very large (macrosomia). Also, high blood sugar levels during pregnancy and labor increase the risk of a baby developing low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) after delivery. That's because the baby's body produces extra insulin in response to the mother's excess glucose. Insulin lowers the amount of sugar in the blood. The signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia in an infant include: jitteriness weak or high-pitched cry floppiness lethargy or sleepiness breathing problems skin that looks blue trouble feeding eye rolling seizures A baby may also be at higher risk for br Continue reading >>

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  1. just-a-little-unwell

    What do you all do when it comes to counting carbs and fiber? Do you subtract the fiber from the total carbs? My diabetic educator said not to, but then I've read online that you should. A good example was taco shells tonight. 17 carbs for 2, but 5 grams fiber. So if I have 4, should I count 34 carbs or 24 carbs?
    Thanks!

  2. [deleted]

    Personally I ignore the fiber completly. For me, the carb content is absolute. In my experience, fiber does not lower the impact of the carbs. Maybe it does for some but I have not experienced this at all.

  3. badvok

    Just as an aside to this, it is important to note if you're talking about US or UK food labels, as they treat fibre very differently.
    In the UK, the carb figure given does not include the fibre figure. While in the US it does. As someone who moved from the former to the latter, this caused me a great deal of grief early on.
    So Kellog's All Bran, for example, after doing some maths (because heaven forbid that we all use the same weights and measures, or that US companies give a 100g figure as well as a serving figure /rant) looks like this, for 100g of cereal:
    US Label: 74g carbs, 32g fibre
    UK Label: 48g carbs, 27g fibre
    The small difference is most likely down to minor differences in manufacture between the UK and US products. Or one of them is lying to us.
    Sources: http://goo.gl/G9BLGx (UK Supermarket's product page)
    http://www.all-bran.com/products/orginal.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutrition_facts_label

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