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 33 weeks pregnant with gestational diabetes. I hate the idea of being induced again as with my 1st, will taking raspberry tea help bring labor on?

 33 weeks pregnant with gestational diabetes. I hate the idea of being induced again as with my 1st, will taking raspberry tea help bring labor on?

33 weeks pregnant: No raspberry won't bring labor on. That said, do not worry. My twin gransdaughters (not identical) came 7 or 8 weeks early with a combined birthweight close to 4 lbs. They are now age 8 and gorgeous girls (not that I'm biased). If delivery is normal be grateful. If delivery is early be even more grateful that the team will look after baby and you. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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I am 33 weeks pregnant and have Gestational diabetes under control with diet. Will it harm my baby if my sugar goes over once in a while?

I am 33 weeks pregnant and have Gestational diabetes under control with diet. Will it harm my baby if my sugar goes over once in a while?

Under control or not: If your blood sugar is under control, then it should not "go over every once in a while". Issues such as macrosomia (very large babies) can result from diabetes and the better controlled the blood sugar the better it is for the baby overall. ...Read more

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I am 33 weeks pregnant and I have gestational diabetes. I have been carrying my kid low during ths pregnancy does that mean I can go into labor early?

I am 33 weeks pregnant and I have gestational diabetes. I have been carrying my kid low during ths pregnancy does that mean I can go into labor early?

Always be prepaired: Any pregnancy can go into preterm labor.It is imperative that you have an action plan that includes where & who to call, what symptoms to focus on& where to go if it happens. Preterm labor can be stopped if recognized early enough, giving baby a bit longer to grow & develop & avoid a stay in a premi nursery. ...Read more

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I'm 33 weeks pregnant and DON'T have gestational diabetes... Today dipstick urine test showed I have glucose in my urine and leukocytes? Causes?

I'm 33 weeks pregnant and DON'T have gestational diabetes... Today dipstick urine test showed I have glucose in my urine and leukocytes? Causes?

Few reasons: How long ago was your test?
Maybe your glucose status has changed. Consider repeating 2 hour GTT
Leukocytes may indicate an infection
See your doctor for further tests ...Read more

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I am 32 weeks pregnant with gestational diabetes and test my ketones before I eat in the mornings last few days it has been moderate. What to do?

I am 32 weeks pregnant with gestational diabetes and test my ketones before I eat in the mornings last few days it has been moderate. What to do?

Test Glucose: Ketones can be positive for several reasons, you want to know what your glucose value is. If your glucose is good, a hemoglobin a 1 c may be of help. You may need hydration in the morning. Talk to your doctor. If you have gest diabetes, you should be followed by a physcian for your health and your babies health. ...Read more

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37 weeks pregnant with gestational diabetes. This is my 3rd pregnancy, can I be induced early? Is their away to start dilating on my own? Is it safe?

37 weeks pregnant with gestational diabetes. This is my 3rd pregnancy, can I be induced early? Is their away to start dilating on my own? Is it safe?

Please discuss with: Ob! U can be induced at 39 weeks, no earlier, but that is between u and your doc, unless there is something wrong with you or the baby and I rec an us for efw so you can see if this baby's efw is larger than your first 2. ...Read more

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I'm 34wks pregnant with gestational diabetes and can't stick to my diet :' (?

I'm 34wks pregnant with gestational diabetes and can't stick to my diet :' (?

It's important: It's important that you stick to your diet that your obstetrician prescribed. Your baby could have many problems like being very large requiring a C-section or lung maturity. Speak with your dr about maybe adding walking to help improve your glucose levels. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if I am a women who is pregnant with gestational diabetes?

Should I be worried if I am a women who is pregnant with gestational diabetes?

Follow advice: You should follow your obs advice on lowering your blood sugar, including proper nutrition and medication if deemed necessary. Mothers with gestational diabetes are at increased risk for complications during pregnancy including large babies, complications after birth, and a possible increased risk of stillbirth. However, with proper management and care, you can have a perfectly normal child. ...Read more

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Does gestational diabetes last throughout your life?

Does gestational diabetes last throughout your life?

Yes and No: Gestational diabetes itself usually resolves in the postpartum period. However, women who have gestational diabetes have an increase risk of developing type 2 diabetes during their lifetime. Up to 19% of women with gestational diabetes may develop diabetes in the first 10 years after delivery. Staying active, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining an normal weight can help prevent diabetes. ...Read more

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How does gestational diabetes affect the baby negatively?

In many ways: The excess Insulin and glucose can make your baby grow larger than other babies. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of gestational diabetes?

What are the most common symptoms of gestational diabetes?

Most commonly none: There can be no symptoms at all for the mother. That's why we screen all mothers during pregnancy. However, gestational diabetes can cause "macrosomia" in the fetus. Macrosomia is an overly large infant. Growth measurements of the fetus during pregnancy show a fetus that is over the 90th percentile for size. What causes the large size of the infant is high blood levels of glucose in the mother. ...Read more

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How can I take care of myself if I have gestational diabetes?

Multiple specialist: My advice see an ophthalmologist, endocrinologist, an obstetrician who deals with high risk pregnancy, diabetes education team, nutritionist, a pediatrician who is familiar with diabetes mothers, and the most important a primary care doctor who coordinates all these specialists and help you make decisions. This pcp can be your family doctor or your obstetrician. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get gestational diabetes, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get gestational diabetes, or is it unusual?

Pregnancy diabetes: Abnormal maternal glucose regulation occurs in 3-10% of pregnancies. In 2-4% of pregnancies it is severe enough to be considered diabetes. Only 1.5-2% of white women develop gestational diabetes mellitus, whereas native americans from the southwestern United States may have rates as high as 15%. In hispanic, black, and Asian populations, the incidence is 5-8%. This is pretty common. ...Read more

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What's the next step if tested positive for gestational diabetes?

What's the next step if tested positive for gestational diabetes?

Get treated: If gestational dm is confirmed, next step is to start tracking your blood sugar (before and after meas), go see a certified diabetes educator/nutritionist, dietician to learn about dietary choices and what you should start cutting down. See your physician to get treated for the diabetes: either with a drug, drugs or Insulin depending on severity. ...Read more

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How bad a 3 hour gestational diabetes result is having 1 high score?

Normal: By definition, it's normal. However, most obs will reassess your risk factors and determine if repeat testing, diet modification, or finger-stick testing is helpful. Some patients develop gestational diabetes later in their pregnancy and this factors into your doc's decision process. Follow a reasonable diet & exercise program to help deter gdm or ask your OB the best course of action. Good luck. ...Read more

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I don't want to do a gestational diabetes test so can I just refuse it?

I don't want to do a gestational diabetes test so can I just refuse it?

Why jeopardize baby?: You could refuse it, but why? Having gestational diabetes could cause significant harm to you and/or your child. Simple dietary changes and/or meds could prevent that damage. There are other blood tests that can be done to assess for gestational diabetes, if you're reluctant to do the oral glucose challenge test. Ask your OB doc to refer you to an endocrine (or diabetes) clinic. ...Read more

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What type of diabetes will I get later if I've had gestational diabetes?

What type of diabetes will I get later if I've had gestational diabetes?

Type II (or not): Gestational diabetes puts you at a significantly higher risk for type 2 diabetes in the future. The rest, however, is up to you. Many women avoid ever getting diabetes because they eat right, lose weight after the baby, change their eating habits and get healthier than ever. Gestational diabetes can be a great wake-up call for your health. With hard work you may avoid future diabetes! ...Read more

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Just found out I have gestational diabetes and have a particular concern about the baby?

Just found out I have gestational diabetes and have a particular concern about the baby?

Depends on control: If your blood sugar stays high during pregnancy it will create problems for baby. Baby will begin to to make its own Insulin & begin storing the excess as enlargement of organs and body size. At some point, baby may be to large to go thru your birth canal & c-section may be necessary. If you achieve & maintain good control, baby will remain normal & normal delivery may be possible. ...Read more

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For gestational diabetes: do insulin shots hurt?

For gestational diabetes: do insulin shots hurt?

Minimally: If you use the right technique and the appropriately sized needle, it should not hurt much. ...Read more

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Do people with gestational diabetes have a lot of pain?

Do people with gestational diabetes have a lot of pain?

Pregnancy diabetes: Gestational diabetes is a condition of elevated sugar, induced by the changes in hormone levels during pregnancy. It does not cause pain. ...Read more

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Why does Gestational Diabetes increase the risk of stillbirth?

Why does Gestational Diabetes increase the risk of stillbirth?

Abnormal glucose: The same reasons that produce Diabetic coma in adults. The elevated blood glucose going to the fetus causes metabolic changes that can result in death. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to eat calamari with gestational diabetes?

Is it possible for me to eat calamari with gestational diabetes?

I think so: From a diabetes standpoint you can have calamari, but I'm honestly not sure if there are restrictions because of the pregnancy (like tuna). ...Read more

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Can you tell me about gestational diabetes symptom and retinal detatchment?

Not common: It is not common to get diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment from gestational diabetes. It is still possible to get a retinal detachment from any other cause. Symptoms of retinal detachment include flashing lights, many new floaters, and a dark curtain that comes across your vision. Any of these symptoms require urgent evaluation by a specialist eye MD. ...Read more

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What to do if I have gestational diabetes, can I still drink international cafe?

Pregnant women: Should avoid caffeine
and gestational diabetics should not eat sweets

so decaf, unsweetened coffee ok ...Read more

Dr. Michael Carson
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Diabetes Onset During Pregnancy (Definition)

Gestation diabetes is diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. This develops when pregnancy hormones change a patient's metabolism so that they can not regulate their blood sugar. A patient with GDM will have to go on a low sugar and low carb diet and monitor blood sugars very carefully. Sometimes they will require medications. There is a 30% chance ...Read more


Dr. Alison Stuebe
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Gestational Diabetes (Definition)

Gestational diabetes occurs in women who are pregnant. Prior to becoming pregant the woman was not diabetic and once the woman delivers the baby the diabetes goes away, although she has a higher chance of getting non-insulin-dependent diabetes in the future. With gestational diabetes, hormones from the pregnancy ...Read more