advertisement
 

  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team
Question:

From Washougal, Washington, USA:

I am 35 years old, 32 weeks pregnant, and I have had gestational diabetes for three weeks which I am trying to control with diet and exercise. My fasting numbers are always below 95 mg/dl [5.3 mmol/L], but I get two to three high numbers a week two hours after lunch (120-130 mg/dl [6.7-7.2 mmol/L] ), and I'm concerned I will be pushed into taking insulin. What are the risks of taking insulin and its effect on the baby versus continuing to have two to three high lunch numbers?

Answer:

Even mildly elevated blood sugar values can result in large baby. A postprandial blood sugar of 120-130 mg/dl [6.7-7.2 mmol/L] is not bad. You may want to check one hour after meals for a while. If these are persistently greater than 130 mg/dl [7.2 mmol/L], then insulin or possibly glyburide may be considered. Since your fasting blood sugars are normal, you may do well with a single injection of insulin. Insulin does not cross the placenta and thus will not affect the baby other than how it controls your blood sugar level.

OWJ

DTQ-20010720163501
Original posting 25 Jul 2001
Posted to Gestational Diabetes

  
advertisement


                 
  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:24
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.