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Patient Education: Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (beyond The Basics)

INTRODUCTION Insulin is a hormone whose job is to enable glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream to enter the cells of the body, where sugar is the source of energy. All fetuses (babies) and placentas (afterbirths) produce hormones that make the mother resistant to her own insulin. Most pregnant women produce more insulin to compensate and keep their blood sugar level normal. Some pregnant women cannot produce enough extra insulin and their blood sugar level rises, a condition called gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes affects between 5 and 18 percent of women during pregnancy, and usually goes away after delivery. It is important to recognize and treat gestational diabetes to minimize the risk of complications to mother and baby. In addition, it is important for women with a history of gestational diabetes to be tested for diabetes after pregnancy because of an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the years following delivery. More detailed information about gestational diabetes is available by subscription. (See "Diabetes mellitus in pregnancy: Screening and diagnosis".) GESTATIONAL DIABETES TESTING We recommend that all pregnant women be tested for gestational diabe Continue reading >>

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  1. lauram116

    I didn't know they get harder to control towards the end! Thank you!!! I eat the same thing everyday and they have been a lot higher! Sorry I can't answer your question.... He's still in there!! Thank you though!

  2. smokeypants

    Haha well glad I could help you!

  3. BakinABoy

    Mine actually got much better as I went along. It's very few and far between that I miss a number and when I do it's my own stupidity. I've controlled it by diet entirely.

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