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From Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA:

My wife is 32 and has 3 children, ages 12, 11, 1. She is 3 months pregnant and we just found out she has gestational diabetes. We had no problems with the other ones. What should we expect? We need some diet information.

Answer:

If your wife's blood sugar is maintained on diet alone, then the course of the pregnancy should not be any different then usual. If insulin is required, then the care may be escalated to include some fetal testing in the latter third of the pregnancy and delivery no later than the due date.

Mothers with gestational diabetes often produce babies that are larger than average. Sometimes, these babies have problems with their own blood sugar control after delivery (they have a tendency to be low, not high). This is temporary, lasting only a few days.

There is probably a dietitian affiliated with your doctor's office. That would be the best source of diet information.

OWJ

Original posting 15 Aug 1998
Posted to Gestational Diabetes

  
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