Blood Sugar Levels For Gestational Diabetes

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Gestational Diabetes: Target Blood Sugar Levels

Gestational Diabetes: Target Blood Sugar Levels Gestational Diabetes: Target Blood Sugar Levels It is important to keep your blood sugar levels in a healthy range during your pregnancy. Healthy blood sugar levels for women with gestational diabetes Note: If you have gestational diabetes, you may experience weakness, sweating, and hunger if your blood sugar level drops below 70 mg/dL. These are symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which can be serious if it is not treated. As soon as these symptoms develop, eat some food that contains sugar to raise your blood sugar level. Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Alan C. Dalkin, MD - Endocrinology This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use . How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions. 1995-2012 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated. NOTICE: This health information was not created by the University o Continue reading >>

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  1. FreeSpirit

    What is "too high" for gestational?

    Hey everyone,
    So my friend, Tangie, is 4 months pregnant, and she was just diagnosed as a gestational diabetic. Being a diabetic myself, I've been helping her monitor her diet and exercise. Her sugars are normally 100 (5.6), and her highest EVER in the past month was 129 (7.2). The doctor wants her to take insulin for the rest of her pregnancy, saying her fasting numbers should be between 70 - 90 (3.9 - 5)in the morning. This seems a little extreme to me, and I think insulin may do more harm than good to her. I'm really confused, since I thought a normal blood sugar level was between 80 - 120 (4.4 - 6.7). Is it different for gestational diabetics?

  2. tralea

    Actually, when you're pregnant most OB's like to see your blood sugars in the high 70's-100 if at all possible - especially for a non-diabetic. I don't think her numbers are all that bad either, but the moment when they start going up (and they will if she's gestational), I wouldn't hesitate encouraging her to take insulin. The OB probably suggested it as a precaution or to prevent her sugars from sky rocketing - and they can better figure out her units now than later and make adjustments when they are needed. Pretty hard to hear, I know. She's not doing bad so far!!

  3. Tiger Lily

    Robyn, the guidelines are much stricter for gestational diabetes because of the risk of damage to the fetus by high blood glucose levels
    she will have excursions beyond what her ob/gyn wants her at, but hopefully those are few and far between
    insulin is the safest med for a pregnant diabetic
    she has an almost 100% chance of getting type 2 diabetes within 10 years of her gestational diagnosis.......... i hope she can follow diet/exercise/meds closely and avoid that diagnosis

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