Gestational diabetes

What is Gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a condition in which women without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high blood glucose levels during pregnancy (especially during their third trimester).Gestational diabetes is caused when insulin receptors do not function properly. This is likely due to pregnancy-related factors such as the presence of human placental lactogen that interferes with susceptible insulin receptors.

Questions and answers on "Gestational diabetes"

Hello My name is Ashley and i have a friend that is 28 weeks pregnant she has gestational diabetes and her sugar levels are very high last time she checked it, it was 208 i would like to know is this normal for her or does she need to contact her doctor when this happens again?

doctor1 MD

Hello,
I can understand your concern about your friend and want to tell you that anything above 180 sugar is abnormal, even during pregnancy, so your friend definitely needs to consult a doctor.
Its better to do glucose tolerance test to rule out gestational diabetes, which is the easiest way. So...

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i recently did the one hour test for testing blood sugar and it came back a little higher than normal. the same test was done with my last pregnancy so i did not want to do the three hour test so they automatically deemed me as having gestational diabetes and now diet or not my sugar levels are coming back normal should i opt for the three hour test to test my blood sugar levels to resolve the issue

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hullo and welcome to healthcare forum. Gestational diabetes or diabetes during pregnancy is a common problem and more so in repeated pregnancies. You should consult an obstetrician and an endocrinologist/physician for complete and proper investigation and monitoring of both diabetes and...

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hi.iam 30 and 14 weeks pregnant and have gestational diabetes.i had a history of abortion at 22 weeks. now iam on strict diet and on insulin dialy 3 doses(8m,8m,6m). my fasting sugar level shows 134.rest of the readings are normal i.e <130.what should i do?

doctor1 MD

HI,
Welcome to HCM,
I read your query and i appreciate your concern regarding this issue.
Your fasting Blood sugar level is not within normal range its slightly high.
Check your diet if contain additional sugar in it.
Maintain your dietry habbits.
Regularly record your fasting blood sugar level....

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I am 31 weeks pregnant and diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The scan shows that the baby has huge abdomen. Have been trying to reduce the intake of carbo. Is drinking bitter gourd, lemon and grapefruit juice harmful to me or my baby? My gynae has suggested to deliver the baby earlier at 37 weeks. How likely there will be health issue with my baby with my gestational diabetes condition?

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Drinking the bitter juices is perfectly alright. In fact these juices have beneficial effect on mother and baby.

Earlier delivery is advised in case of diabetes to.prevent further increase in size of the baby. Well controlled diabetes does not have...

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this past year i had my first child. and gained forty pounds which put me at 270. i had gestational diabetes but not any symptoms since. but lately while doing nothing i will feel my heart rate increase rapidly for a few seconds. what could be the cause?

doctor1 MD

Hi,

If you experience the rapid heart rate so it can be due to anxiety.

Else for cardiac illness it has to be confirmed by EKG and it is the only test that confirms the tachycardia, else it could be the stress and anxiety that increases the heart rate for a few seconds.

Still, it is most...

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I am currently 33 weeks pregnant and have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, while my post meal levels are fin (generally below 7.0) I am finding that my fasting level in the morning is generally about 5.4 to 6.4 which is too high, are you able to advise what snack to have before bed?

doctor1 MD

HI,
Thank you for the query.
You should eat ,well before you go to bed.( 2-3 hours before) Try to have snack with low glycaemic index (pasta made of wheat flour/ beans, lentils/ sweet corns/ green vegetables, salads/ Porridge/ FRuits-oranage, apple,pear, pitches).
Have walk for half an hour...

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Hi dr this is priya.i had gestational diabetes.after my child birth verything became normal.i was advised only diet &insulin was nt advised during pregnancy.nw the prob is many say that the chances of getting sugar is very high.wht r the precautions & diet i shld follow.pls help me doc.

doctor1 MD

Dear priya
i can understand your concern.
i am very sorry for your condition
you are right the chance of diabetes in your later life is high because of your gestational diabetes history
but the good news is at your stage of life you can prevent the diabetes for ever.
the technique is very simple...

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iam 8 months pregnant ,few days i had gestational diabetes but due to my diet now it is under control ,but doctor has told to continue the diet and check blood sugar after 15 days ,can u please let me know whether i can have urad dal to prepare ragi dosa.can a diabetic patient eat urad dal

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Yes urad dal is safe Finally end with 'Hope I have answered your question. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help". For Follow up questions, end with "If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer. Wish you good health". diabetes....

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is it normal to have bowel trouble after having a c- section, i had one 4 months ago to deliver twins and since then i've had problems with wind and gotta go when i feel the urge! my gp told me it was my body readjusting to a normal diet as i had gestational diabetes in pregnancy. but surely it would have adjusted by now

doctor1 MD

Hello
Thank you for trusting HCM

Dear you may be suffering from post surgical chronic constipation.

probably lack of fiber intake or continuous consumption of narcotic painkillers or sedentary lifestyle may cause Constipation.

Eat high fibre diet, regular exercise , drinks plenty of water.

Use...

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im on 9 weeks of my pregnancy, and this morning I asked the laboratory here in the hospital to get my blood sugar, the result is 134mg/dl, that is fasting, is that too much high, because I don't want to experience using insulin, in my first baby I have gestation diabetes also, but I make diet that's why no need insulin...thanks

doctor1 MD

Average normal blood sugar level in normal pregnant women should be
Fasting: 70.9 ± 7.8 mg/dl .
So your blood sugar is high.
So you should take care of your diet.
Please consent best gynecologist for further management in your area.
Hope this may help you.
Take care.
Thank you....

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Recent questions on  Gestational diabetes

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I had a baby 18 months ago and previous to that suffered from Hyperthyroid due to a virus. I was suffering from significant tachycardia and excessive sweating at that time. RAI Uptake was done etc, Virus resolved rendering my thyroid now Hypoactive for the last 4 years. I am currently taking Synthroid 150mcg. I have been a runner my entire life however first trimester complications caused that to cease. I am not just getting back into it and training for a half marathon. I have noted that my heart rate even after 5 minutes of running is around 186 bpm. I went to my GP to have my TSH and T4 checked to be sure I wasn t over medicated. Everything was normal. His response to this high BPM was to add a Beta-blocker. I have leary of taking it because I have read it will greatly affect my performance while running. I also get a quivering type feeling here and there through out the day in my heart. I get extremely flush almost purple in my face when running. I m wondering if there could something significantly more wrong than the thyroid affect as my GP has mentioned. I asked for a stress test and he said I didn t need one. I am 34 years old, slightly overweight still from post-partum. no other medical conditions, no history of any previous medical conditions other than Gestational Induced Hypertension and ecclampsia which clearly has resolved and Gestational Diabetes which also resolved.

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this past year i had my first child. and gained forty pounds which put me at 270. i had gestational diabetes but not any symptoms since. but lately while doing nothing i will feel my heart rate increase rapidly for a few seconds. what could be the cause?

doctor1 MD

is it normal to have bowel trouble after having a c- section, i had one 4 months ago to deliver twins and since then i've had problems with wind and gotta go when i feel the urge! my gp told me it was my body readjusting to a normal diet as i had gestational diabetes in pregnancy. but surely it would have adjusted by now

doctor1 MD

Hi Doctor my wife is 25 weeks pregnant. We recently got RBS GCT Test on empty stomach with 50mg glucose[1 hour after] for her. results are a follows: 190 mg/dl Please suggest the demerits of having this level and also advice methods to reduce the...

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I'm experiencing extreme stomach pain! It's right in the area of my sternum (middle upper where my ribs come together). Other symptoms are Diareah with mucous and a little blood in stool . I have no energy and feel dizzy and naucious and my skin...

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Hi, Is it better to take tums for indigestion/IBS or a proton inhibitor like Dexilant? Please note that I am a high risk patient for osteoporosis and diabetes, based on family history and gestational diabetes .

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My husband and I are planning a second baby. As I was obese and my first pregnancy involved gestational diabetes and hyper tension issues leading to a C section delivery I was keen to get my health in order in advance of the second baby.In October 2011, my weight was 84 kilos. I applied rules of healthy eating and daily walking and successfully brought the weight to 70 kilos by July 2013. At a height of 151 cm this meant a BMI of 31. One of my friends suggested a dietitian as I was already being good about my eating habits (eating moderately, on time, less sugar, less oil, no junk food, etc) with regular walks (about 4-5 days a week) without any weight loss. She suggested blood tests where my TSH problem was first diagnosed (TSH was 4.98 at the time). she prescribed 25mcg Thyronorm and I have been taking it from 1st August last year. She advised next blood test in 5-6 months along with a low calorie diet and moderate exercise plan. I have been good about diet and exercise for the last 5+ months and my weight was 61 kgs around February 9. The journey from 65 to 62 was particularly tough and long and took lot of effort and perseverance. Unfortunately despite being very good about both diet and exercise my weight increased to 63 kgs on February 13 - almost 5 pounds within just 4-5 days.My dietician again suggested a blood test. So last Saturday (about 5+ months after my first TSH, T3, T4 test) I got another blood test done. The latter two are fine. TSH is at 4.55.She advised that I visit an endocrinologist who has increased my dosage to 50 mcg Thyronorm every day for the next 6 weeks. He has also advised that until we bring my TSH levels to 2.5 I should not plan a baby. The doctor was vague about how long this process will take.Aside from weight gain and super difficulty in weight loss, I also have problems sleeping at night, fatigue, constipation and blurry vision concerns for the last few months. I am 34 years old.My question is how will we arrive at the best dosage that will help elevate the symptoms, bring TSH to safe levels, a healthy BMI, so that it's safe for me to conceive? And how much time will this take. At my age and with my history should I go in for a second pregnancy at all.