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Diabetes In Pregnancy

Gestational diabetes does not increase the risk of birth defects or the risk that the baby will be diabetic at birth. Also called gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), this type of diabetes affects between 3% and 20% of pregnant women. It presents with a rise in blood glucose (sugar) levels toward the end of the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy. In 90% if cases, it disappears after the birth, but the mother is at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future. Cause It occurs when cells become resistant to the action of insulin, which is naturally caused during pregnancy by the hormones of the placenta. In some women, the pancreas is not able to secrete enough insulin to counterbalance the effect of these hormones, causing hyperglycemia, then diabetes. Symptoms Pregnant women generally have no apparent diabetes symptoms. Sometimes, these symptoms occur: Unusual fatigue Excessive thirst Increase in the volume and frequency of urination Headaches Importance of screening These symptoms can go undetected because they are very common in pregnant women. Women at risk Several factors increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes: Being over 35 years of age Being overweig Continue reading >>

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  1. maxmuscle

    Were Pregnant!!..but what is a normal reading for blood sugar?

    Let me start from the beginning...
    My girlfriend is not diabetic, but has her whole life had an irregular cycle.(sometimes 2.5 months apart), she was told she could not get pregnant without fertility drugs. So she went to another Dr. and she told her that her insulin was high. Huh? (I dont understand that and i have been on insulin for 24 years) ,so she put her on glucophage which she said it would regulate her cycle. It did and after the 1st time, I got her pregnant. My questions are what is a normal bloodsuger range for a nondiabetic woman and what is it when she is pregnant. We have tested it and found it vary from 80 to 122 so far, do you think she will have to take insulin?
    please help
    jason & Laura

  2. cheryl

    I know being diabetic they want your fasting under 100 on and 2 hrs after meals under 120 I would assume they wanted all to be like that diabetic or not that is all I know
    Cheryl

  3. notme

    Her insulin was high???? They put her on meds???? I am a bit lost with the whole concept. Her blood sugar sounds pretty normal. I think I would get a second opinion.

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