From Washington, DC, USA:
I am 32 years old, almost 28 weeks pregnant, and was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I have an appointment to meet with an endocrinologist next week to go over a treatment plan, but in the meantime, I have been given some basic dietary guidelines regarding carb intake. I also heard that it is good to eat a protein when you eat a carb as it aids in digestion. I am hoping diet and monitoring alone will rectify the problem without the need for insulin, and I have several questions:
- Do these sound like good temporary guidelines to follow?
- Would you think that I might see a good response to diet changes alone and not insulin?
- How many babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes end up being born with hypoglycemia?
- How long do babies with low blood sugar levels at birth end up having to be on glucose postpartum?
- You are off to a good start on your diet.
- I cannot promise, but with a normal fasting blood sugar, you have a good chance of being on diet only.
- Not all babies have problems with hypoglycemia. You reduce the risk by keeping your blood sugars as near normal as possible.
- How long babies have to be treated is variable. At most, only a few days.
Original posting 27 Mar 2001
Posted to Gestational Diabetes
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:20
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