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Gestational Diabetes - Diabetes That Begins During Pregnancy

Gestational diabetes affects up to 5% of pregnant women and usually appears around the middle of the pregnancy. It is usually temporary and goes away after their baby is born. What causes gestational diabetes? In pregnancy, the placenta produces hormones that help the baby to grow and develop. These hormones also block the action of the mother’s insulin. This is called insulin resistance. Because of this insulin resistance, the need for insulin in pregnancy is 2 or 3 times higher than normal. If the body is unable to produce this much insulin, gestational diabetes develops. When the pregnancy is over and the insulin needs return to normal, the diabetes usually disappears. As gestational diabetes usually develops around the 24th to 28th week of pregnancy, the baby’s development is not affected. But as glucose crosses the placenta, the baby is exposed to the mother’s high glucose level. This high level of glucose in the baby’s blood stimulates the baby’s pancreas to produce extra insulin. The extra insulin causes the baby to grow bigger and fatter. The result of this may be a large baby that may need to be delivered early when it is not fully mature. When gestational diabet Continue reading >>

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  1. poppsicle

    GD babies size...

    Hey GD mummas...
    Don't know if there's a thread about for this topic, but I'm interested to know - how big was your baby? And your GD info?
    I was diagnosed with GD at 26 weeks (I think...it was a while ago!) and was diet controlled, at 35/36 weeks they wanted me to start taking Metformin as they didn't think my levels were stable- even though on my records they were, I refused.
    I ended up going into natural labour at exactly 39 weeks and one very rushed emergency cesarean later my baby boy was born.
    A whopping 5lbs 7oz - 2.46kg - he did however require a 2 week stay in NICU.

  2. 3homelea

    I was on insulin at night for the last ten weeks only on a small dose. Induced at 38 weeks as the baby was supposodely getting bigger and ended up being 2.5kgs. She was in special care for a total of four nights but two nights was because of jaundice

  3. Gray_baby

    Hi Ladies... I'm very interested in this... currently 33 weeks and have been advised from my Obs that I am expecting a large baby. He said he usually doesn't let GD patients go past 39 weeks, so will be induced around this time if I haven't gone naturally. He expects at least a 9lbs baby at 39 weeks. After reading many things online, i'm struggling how they can be so certain it's a large baby. Having a proper scan at 36 weeks to check growth.
    I'm also currently diet controlled.

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