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What Should Be The Fasting Blood Sugar Level In Pregnancy?

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Healthy Blood Sugar Levels For Pregnant Women

Diabetes that begins during pregnancy is called gestational diabetes. This condition affects 5 to 9 percent of all pregnancies in the United States, and it is becoming more common, according to a July 2009 article in "American Family Physician." Pregnancy also aggravates preexisting type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Blood sugar levels that are consistently too high during pregnancy can cause problems for both mother and infant. Video of the Day Diabetes during pregnancy increases the likelihood of congenital malformations, or birth defects, in infants, particularly if your blood glucose is poorly controlled for the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. High blood sugars also contribute to excessive fetal growth, which makes labor and delivery difficult and increases the likelihood of infant fractures or nerve injuries. Large infants are more likely to be delivered via cesarean section. Newborns of diabetic mothers are at risk for respiratory distress, jaundice and dangerously low blood calcium or glucose levels. Gestational diabetes is diagnosed when your blood sugars exceed specified levels following two glucose tolerance tests. The first test, usually performed between the 24th and 28th week of Continue reading >>

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  1. jjb50009

    I actually came in here to help with my own concerns. I am 28 weeks pregnant and just began insulin. But I thought i could tell you what i know. Im not sure what my levels were when they did the glucose test, however after failing it I was instructed to take my blood sugar 6 times a day, before every meal and 2 hours after every meal. They said because i was pregnant the levels that they wanted were very strict. They were to be <90 before each meal and <120 2 hours after. All went well until today when my dietican informed me my dinner numbers are to high and i must take insulin before dinner every night. The shot itself is as easy as pie, I am however nervous of the effects of gestational diabetes in general. I'm told that if the numbers are kept under control everything will be fine with both you and the baby. I'm told that the insulin is completely safe for the baby even though it feels odd that I have to inject it right into my stomach(anyone know why that is?) However from everything i have heard i feel im being overly worried and was just hoping to talk to someone whos had gestational diabetes as well,everyone i talk to knows someone but noone ive talked to has actually been through it themselves. Hope i helped in some way and hopefully someone can put my mind at ease. My email addy is [email protected]

  2. bubblebrite21

    Just wanted to answer a couple of y'alls questions....
    1. They have you give yourself insulin in the abdomen just because it is a more controlled rate of absorption. (ie not to fast, not to slow). And it is safe for pregnancy... you have a layer of fat that the needle is going into. It is also insulin... most people's body makes it and uses it without a problem.
    2. The concern with gestational diabetes and why doctors want to keep sugar levels at normal person limits is because you do not want the baby to start compensating for you. That is how babies of mothers with uncontrolled diabetes end up so big (sugar is packed away in cells). With that come all kinds of complications during the last few months of pregnancy and birth. One of the things they really look out for after delivery is the baby's sugars dropping after birth because the baby was used to making extra insulin to help mommy's sugar go to normal, but mommy's blood (and sugar) is not there anymore. Other concerns doctors have is that the placenta can decrease in function (ie decay) too early if sugars are not controlled.
    Hope this helps! I have made it through one pregnancy and am on number two with gestational diabetes. The chances of you getting it again... are varied 67-90%... is what my nurse midwife told me... well I'm in that number. But the best thing is I really didn't have any weight to lose after. I gained baby weight and that was about it. Maybe five pounds extra. After breastfeeding for a month with just normal walking about 20 minutes three times a week, I was already back to my pre-pregnancy weight. In the end, holding a healthy baby is worth all your pain and suffering, I promise! Good luck and congratulations ladies!

  3. jjb50009

    I now have 6 weeks left in this pregnancy, and I know it is my last lol. I was sure I was done after this one anyways but all this confirmed it. But thanks for talking about the weight gain cause i have been worried cause i havent put on but 6-10 lbs the whole pregnancy. My drs currently have me coming in 2 times a week for a NST test and she assured me that as long as im measuring ok and the test come back ok that there is no reason for concern about my weight gain. I still worry about the increase in the chance of stillbirth(i didnt even know that wish the dr hadnt told me lol) but i count my kicks and do the NST's every week so Im sure everything is fine, least thats what i keep telling myself. I will continue to worry i am sure but i dont let myself dwell on it, I keep telling myself that they know what there doing and everything will be fine. So i push all the silly concerns outta my mind. But im gettin there and i know that its worth it. Thank you so much and congrats on your pregnancy as well!

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