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Gestational Diabetes: 7 Things You Should Know

Gestational diabetes is diabetes that a woman develops during pregnancy. Out of every 100 pregnant women in the United States, three to eight develop gestational diabetes. Fortunately, with the right tools, gestational diabetes can be treated and/or prevented. Here are seven things you should know about gestational diabetes: Diabetes occurs when you have elevated blood sugar, or glucose. In diabetes, your body cannot use the sugar and carbohydrates it takes in as food to make energy. As a result, the extra glucose accumulates in your blood, causing damage to small vessels throughout the body, including in the kidneys, extremities, and sensitive organs, like eyes. Being overweight before or during pregnancy, or having diabetes in the family, may increase your risk of developing gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes can be controlled. Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly can keep your glucose levels under control. Some women with gestational diabetes may have to take diabetic pills or insulin, or both. Gestational diabetes that is not controlled can cause your baby to grow very large, weighing more than nine pounds, which can lead to problems during delivery. Women wi 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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