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what are the prognosis of gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Great, IF controlled: Working with your doctor to control you blood sugars through proper food intake (diet), exercise, and sometimes medications, will significantly decrease the risks. Uncontrolled gestational diabetes can increase the risk of stillbirth (fetal death), the risk of a large baby leading to a c-section, and a dangerously low blood sugar in the baby after delivery.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are some diet recommendations for someone with gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Small portions: You need to have an honest, realistic assessment of your calorie needs per day which is generally too much. It is based on your prepregnancy height and weight. You need to eat unprocessed food. Make your food yourself. You need to eat a tremendous amount of vegetables of all sorts. The bulk of your plate should be filled with vegetables. Eat a lot of fish for your protein source.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Excellent advice
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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the effects of type 1 diabetes on pregnancy?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Varied: The answer depends on how well controlled the diabetes is. If poorly controlled at conception, increased risks of miscarriage and birth defects. If moderately to poorly controlled during pregnancy, risks of fetal demise. If sugars not well controlled these infants have a number of risks including difficult or dangerous vaginal births because they can be so large in size. Control is critical!
A 26-year-old member asked:

What are the effects of type 2 diabetes on pregnancy?

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Dr. George Kingsley III
Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Increases Risks: Type ii diabetics have increased risk of pregnancy complications. Hormones produced in the placenta result in more Insulin resistance and thus higher glucose levels. Maintaining a strict and consistent diet along with increasing aerobic exercise can control help you maintain appropriate weight gain and a healthy weight for your baby.
A 26-year-old member asked:

I only have hypoglycemia, but tested positive for gestational diabetes. Will treating this help reduce birth complications?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Keeping you blood sugars in good control can decrease the complications of gestational diabetes (gdm). Uncontrolled gdm can cause large babies, increasing the risk of C-section and the baby's shoulders getting stuck. It can also cause increased amniotic fluid which can cause the baby not to stay head down and increased abdominal pressure. Babies can have low sugars, jaundice and feeding problems.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What's a 3 hour oral glucose tolerance test (ogtt) for diabetes?

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Dr. Christopher Duggar
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Gestational diabetes: A test for how you respond to known sugar loads in pregnancy and whether you are diabetic from pregnancy... If abnormal, may need to make changes in diet or meds.

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