When Should I Test My Blood Sugar After Eating With Gestational Diabetes?

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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a condition in which a woman without diabetes develops high blood sugar levels during pregnancy.[2] Gestational diabetes generally results in few symptoms;[2] however, it does increase the risk of pre-eclampsia, depression, and requiring a Caesarean section.[2] Babies born to mothers with poorly treated gestational diabetes are at increased risk of being too large, having low blood sugar after birth, and jaundice.[2] If untreated, it can also result in a stillbirth.[2] Long term, children are at higher risk of being overweight and developing type 2 diabetes.[2] Gestational diabetes is caused by not enough insulin in the setting of insulin resistance.[2] Risk factors include being overweight, previously having gestational diabetes, a family history of type 2 diabetes, and having polycystic ovarian syndrome.[2] Diagnosis is by blood tests.[2] For those at normal risk screening is recommended between 24 and 28 weeks gestation.[2][3] For those at high risk testing may occur at the first prenatal visit.[2] Prevention is by maintaining a healthy weight and exercising before pregnancy.[2] Gestational diabetes is a treated with a diabetic diet, exercise, and possibl Continue reading >>

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  1. FireflyFlanatic

    When they say test 2 hours after a meal...

    Do they mean two hours from when you start your meal or two hours after you finish? I've been doing two hours after I start, I set the timer right before I take my first bite but I don't know if I should be waiting until after I'm done to test instead.

  2. MarkM

    After the first bite. The general consensus is that that the start of a meal should be "time zero" because it is when a whole chain of metabolic events starts.

  3. KTCwyo

    I have sacrificed my fingers a few times to map it out and Mark is right. It is almost freakish, but I max out at 2 hours everytime. Maybe fat or whatever should change it, but for me -- 2 hours is the peak of my BG level after I START a meal. The whole incretin chain may play a big role in the timing; more than the composition of what you eat.

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