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Blood Sugar Spike During Labor

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Pregnancy: High-normal Blood Sugar Risky

May 7, 2008 -- Babies born to women with even slightly higher-than-normal blood sugar levels are at increased risk for a range of pregnancy and delivery-related complications, findings from an international study confirm. The large study examined the risks associated with having elevated blood sugar during pregnancy that is not high enough to be considered gestational diabetes. More than 25,000 pregnant women from nine countries took part in the Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome (HAPO) study, which appears in the May 8 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine and was largely funded by the National Institutes of Health. Even a small rise in blood sugar above what is considered normal was associated with an increase in adverse outcomes, including high birth weight, C-section delivery, and preeclampsia, a complication that can lead to premature birth and can be deadly if not treated. The findings make it clear that elevated blood sugar has a direct negative impact on pregnancy and delivery, study co-author Donald R. Coustan, MD, tells WebMD. Coustan is professor and chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University Medical School. "This lays to rest many of the c Continue reading >>

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  1. artisgood

    Wondering if any of you experienced moms that have had gestational diabetes in past pregnancies would know the answer to this. For the past two days my blood sugar levels have gone out of control. This is not normal for me (as I'm on medication and I often fight LOW numbers more than high) but the past few days I've had the highest highs of my life. I had GD before with my son but he was a scheduled c-section at 38 weeks (due to my sugar levels never being under control during the pregnancy and I wasn't on medication then btw).
    Just wondering if any of you noticed a sharp change in your numbers as labor neared? As I was sitting on the phone with my mom last night (had GD with her last child) she mentioned the 210 I just pulled could be a result of labor nearing. I know pain can result in higher numbers (I've been having a ton of contractions) but perhaps it could be hormonal changes as labor nears? Just wondering....

  2. Pikemommy

    My numbers never got out of control and I was not on meds.... just diet controlled. I was induced that pregnancy due to pre-e though so I never went into labor on my own.
    My mom is type 1 (has had it since she was a toddler) and she had 3 healthy pregnancies/deliveries and her sugars never went crazy when labor was coming. Hormones do effect her sugar though, she had a terrible time keeping it under control during menapause.
    So basically I'm no help . I would call your Dr. though to let them know about the sugar being higher so they can adjust your meds/diet. You don't want it to be giving the baby a lot of extra sugar at this point in the game or stressing the baby out whether it means labor is approaching or not, it's not good for baby.

  3. KnittinMomOf4

    I don't think so mama, it's just harder to control your sugars the further along you get. .

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