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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


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When will my doctor test me for gestational diabetes?

When will my doctor test me for gestational diabetes?

At 24-28 weeks: Generally, it is recommended to screen for diabetes in pregnancy at between 24-28 weeks. However, if someone had gestational diabetes in a prior pregnancy, it may be advisable to recommend testing as early as 14 weeks in addition to the usual screen. ...Read more

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Doc measured belly, baby measures 3 weeks further than i actually am. Negative for gestational diabetes. What other reasons cause baby to grow too fast?

Doc measured belly, baby measures 3 weeks further than i actually am. Negative for gestational diabetes. What other reasons cause baby to grow too fast?

S>D: Its not necessarily bad or abnormal. 90 % of abdominal measurements like these actually have fetuses with normal weight. Sometimes docs will order an ultrasound to get a weight estimate for reassurance. ...Read more

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My doc said that I had gestational diabetes. My daughter is now 7 months old. I still have high blood sugar. What could be the cause?

My doc said that I had gestational diabetes. My daughter is now 7 months old. I still have high blood sugar. What could be the cause?

May be diabetes: You may actually have type 2 diabetes. 5-10% of women with gestational diabetes may develop diabetes after delivery. Up to 60% may develop diabetes in the next 10-20 years. You should follow-up with your primary doctor and have additional testing done. ...Read more

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My doctor wants me to have a glucose test but I never had gestational diabetes. Is it necessary?

My doctor wants me to have a glucose test but I never had gestational diabetes. Is it necessary?

Your doc knows you: Your doctor has way more information about you than we do. He is in a much better position to answer this question. Lots of things go into the decision besides your personal history of gestational diabetes. Weight, age, family history, other blood tests, you physical exam etc. Trust your doc or find a doc you trust. ...Read more

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My doctor has made a big deal and classified me with gestational diabetes, but I didn't fail the glucose test I was just really close. Why?

My doctor has made a big deal and classified me with gestational diabetes, but I didn't fail the glucose test I was just really close. Why?

Pregnancy & Diabetes: Pregnancy has way of altering glucose metabolism and Insulin sensitivity made worse as the pregnancy progresses. You may not have gotten an "f" on the test but you may have gotten a "d" which can affect your fetus. Please heed your OB md's advice. ...Read more

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When will the doctor put me on insulin or other medication for gestational diabetes?

When will the doctor put me on insulin or other medication for gestational diabetes?

Depends: It depends on your current degree of control. If you are running very high, Insulin will be needed. If slightly above goal, a pill will be fine. If currently controlled and at goal, diet/exercise will be all you need but you have to be followed closely as your numbers will go up as the pregnancy progresses. ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for gestational diabetes, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for gestational diabetes, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Gestational diabetes: Depends. Some md's are capable of handling gdm. Others look for a perinatologist to manage these patients. Certainly a md who has a large volume of patients may be better equiped to handle this kind of patient. Perinatologists are specially trained for high risk issues and can co manage your gdm with your ob. Just ask your OB if he/she is comfortable doing this or find a local perinatologist. ...Read more

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I'm 14 weeks and 3 days pregnant and was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. How often will I have to see my doctor & what tests do I take?

I'm 14 weeks and 3 days pregnant and was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. How often will I have to see my doctor & what tests do I take?

Too early: If your blood sugars are elevated at this point in your pregnancy, you are more likely a pre-gestational diabetic. Gestational diabetes is a consequence of hormones produced by placenta. The quantity of this hormone is insufficient in the early stages of pregnancy to cause gestational diabetes. Discuss this scenario further with your doctor. ...Read more

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I am 27 weeks pregnant I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes a couple off weeks ago will I need to be induced?

I am 27 weeks pregnant I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes a couple off weeks ago will I need to be induced?

No increased odds: If you keep your gestational diabetes well controlled, & no other complications arise, you are no more likely to need to be induced than any one else. Keeping your diabetes controlled is very important; your risk of problems is directly related to how well controlled your sugars are. Been there, done that, know how hard it is- good luck! ...Read more

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How long does the doctor wait to induce labor after due date? 41 or 42weeks? How do doctors induce labor? How is it done

How long does the doctor wait to induce labor after due date? 41 or 42weeks? How do doctors induce labor? How is it done

Depends: Most doctors will induce at 42 weeks, but some might induce earlier. There are a number of methods used for inducing labor, ranging from stripping cervical membranes to breaking the water to using a combination of medications to soften the cervix and stimulate uterine contractions. ...Read more

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Can a doctor induce labor at 33 weeks because of really bad back pains?

Can a doctor induce labor at 33 weeks because of really bad back pains?

No!: It would be totally inappropriate and selfish to induce labor early, with the potential difficulties of the baby not yet being fully developed and ready for birth, just to make your back pains better. Sorry, but you should be maximizing your baby's growth, maturity, and birth health. I'm sorry your back is giving you trouble; discuss with your OB and see if there are some things to help you! but no induce! ...Read more

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How do doctors induce labor?

How do doctors induce labor?

Labor: There are different ways to induce labor: stripping membranes, rupturing membranes, IV Pitocin, (oxytocin) insertion of prostaglandins into vagina, or inflating the balloon of a foley catheter to apply pressure to cervix. ...Read more

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Is dangerous to use CYTOTEC (misoprostol) to induce labor at 41 weeks?, my doc say is not dangerous but i would like a second opinion

Is dangerous to use CYTOTEC (misoprostol) to induce labor at 41 weeks?, my doc say is not dangerous  but i would like a second opinion

Not Dangerous...: Cytotec is used frequently to soften the cervix in preparation for labor induction with Pitocin (oxytocin). When used correctly with monitoring in the hospital it is very safe and effective. It would not be safe to use at home where there is no monitoring etc. Most of the time it doesn't actually cause full blown labor but some women, especially if they have had other deliveries will go into labor. ...Read more

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Irregular glucose levels on insulin with gestational diabetes do they induce you and why have i been told induced at 38 weeks then go to 40 weeks ?

Varies: In the us, is is now common not to induce before 39 wks in normal pregnancies.In a pregnancy with gestational or regular diabetes, the infants may take longer to reach lung maturity.I have seen some with classical rds born at 40 wks.Your obgym team must try to balance the size issue with the other issue babies may have.Please discuss this with them as this or other considerations could be in play. ...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

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


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Labor Induction (Definition)

Induction of labor to deliver the baby sooner may be considered when there are maternal or fetal indications that continuing the ...Read more