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Can Tablets Be Taken For Diabetes Be Taken During Pregnancy
Yes: One large prospective trial showed that a sulfonylurea pill for gestational diabetes didn't cross the placenta and controlled sugars (used after 11 weeks gestation). The am coll of ob/gyn doesn't fully endorse it, so most physicians use insulin. Data on metformin is retrospective, so i agree with the other respondent that a discussion of these issues with your physician is very important. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Gestational diabetes: Gestational diabetes is a condition where women develop high blood sugar during pregnancy without a prior history of diabetes. It is often without symptoms, but can be picked up during routine pre-natal screening. There is some risk to the baby if it is not treated, and there is some risk of the mother having diabetes after birth. ...Read more
Depends: Some of this depends on whether your diabetes started before pregnancy or during, whether it is diet controlled or you are on medications such as insulin, etc. A strict, well balanced american diabetes association diet is important. Daily exercise always helps. Checking a fasting finger stick and a post meal finger stick for glucose is necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: Yes. Gestational diabetes is diagnosed during pregnancy (hence the word "gestational" in the name). The diabetes usually resolves after delivery. However, women who have had gestational diabetes are at greater risk of developing Insulin resistance, diabetes, and heart disease when they are no longer pregnant. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
FBG and OGTT: Fbg is fasting blood glucose (sugar) and ogtt is an oral glucose tolerance test. For the ogtt, a woman comes in fasting, drinks a sweet liquid with a set amount of glucose. Blood is drawn just before the woman drinks the glucose solution, and at several time points afterwards for up to 3 hours (~ 4 draws total). Having a high glucose for two of the readings means she has gestational diabetes. ...Read more
Why is it so important for someone with diabetes to sleep on the left side during pregnancy, but it's not stressed for other pregnant women?
Not so: Women are encouraged to sleep on their left side as pregnancy progresses as the vena cava (large blood vessel) can become flattened if lying on back (due to size of uterus). Sleeping on the left side can help to prevent this compression so that blood finds it's way to your uterus. This is true for diabetic and non-diabetic pregnant women. Take care. ...Read more
Can you get Gestational Diabetes after pregnancy (like 3 months later) or is it only during pregnancy?
A qualified yes: By definition, gestational diabetes is diabetes that appears during and is confined to a pregnancy. Since it indicates a predisposition to full-blown diabetes, your chances of developing diabetes in 3 months or even later is definitely increased and is not unusual. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A type of diabetes mellitus that occurs in pregnant woman during the later months of pregnancy is called what?
Once diagnosed w/gestational diabetes at 27 weeks, can you reverse it during pregnancy and reverse how fast the baby is growing to normal rate?
Diabetes: The diagnosis of gestational diabetes is difficult (even though it should be easy). It is possible, based on a 3 hour glucose test to test positive on monday and, if repeated, test negative on friday. If you consistently run high glucose levels then you need to modify your diet and sometimes be on medication. Diet can often reverse the high sugars but you need to still check glucose levels. ...Read more
Many possible: Diabetes can affect the developing baby throughout the pregnancy. In early pregnancy, a mother's diabetes can result in birth defects and an increased rate of miscarriage. Many of the birth defects that occur affect major organs such as the brain and heart. During the 2nd & 3rd trimester, a mother's diabetes can lead to over-nutrition & excess growth of the baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gestational diabetes: 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 of diabetes after pregnancy ...Read more
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