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What can I eat after I deliver my baby if I have gestational diabetes?

What can I eat after I deliver my baby if I have gestational diabetes?

Balanced diet: By definition, gestational diabetes is present only during pregnancy. After delivery, your diabetes should resolve. That being said, you should still continue to eat a well-balanced diet as you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes later life. ...Read more

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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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Since I have gestational diabetes, should I change what I eat after I deliver my baby?

Since I have gestational diabetes, should I change what I eat after I deliver my baby?

Best to change now: It is probably most important for your baby for you to be most attentive to your diet now rather than waiting til after your baby is born. The environment in utero is very important to your baby and if your blood sugar levels are constantly high, your baby can be at risk for a number of conditions that can affect him or her at birth and thereafter. Talk with your OB on a recommended diet for now. ...Read more

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I might have gestational diabetes does this mean they might want to deliver my baby prematurely before it gets huge?

I might have gestational diabetes does this mean they might want to deliver my baby prematurely before it gets huge?

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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Will peds want me to deliver my baby a couple weeks early with my gestational diabetes?

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Will peds want me to deliver my baby a couple weeks early with my gestational diabetes?

No: Newborns born to diabetic mothers are at higher risk to develop respiratory distress syndrome especially when delivered before full-term. Please be aware that estimation of due date has a margin of error of 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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What percent of mothers with gestational diabetes deliver their babies prematurely?

What percent of mothers with gestational diabetes deliver their babies prematurely?

Depends On Control: There is no single digit answer you can apply to an individual patient. One brazillian study in 2011 found that 14% of 400 women delivered prematurely, but the rate really depends on how well the mother controls her disease, other issues like preeclampsia, and the reason for delivery (poor control can cause other problems for the mom/baby that could require a cesarean section before 38 weeks). ...Read more

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What level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes causes you to have big babies?

What level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes causes you to have big babies?

Pattern not number: Baby begins to make their own Insulin during mid pregnancy & any moment that moms levels are high will push glucose across the placenta, forcing baby to store the excess as fat.Any maternal levels above normal can lead to enlarged organs, defects, large baby & the need for IV fluid treatment after birth . The better mom's control, the less problems for baby, the worse control, the bigger the pbs. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a high level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes to have big babies?

Anyone know what is a high level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes to have big babies?

Over 140: A blood sugar of 140 will enable diagnosis of gestational diabetes. If you have been diagnosed, your baby is in danger of growing at a too large rate. This causes the baby's system to produce insulin at a higher rate, which fuels growth. There are multiple complications at risk. You can use exercise to bring blood sugar back to normal range. Be sure and follow your doctor's orders to a T. ...Read more

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32+2 wks pregnant with twins,PE,on blood thinner & gestational diabetes, scan babies growth 10th percentile is it concerning?planed c sec at 36 wks

32+2 wks  pregnant with twins,PE,on blood thinner & gestational diabetes, scan babies growth 10th percentile is it concerning?planed c sec at 36 wks

High risk pregnancy: I hope everything goes well with you and your babies, please stay close to the hospital and keep a close follow-up with your doctors, you will all be fine, best wishes ...Read more

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Will my ob want to deliver my big baby a couple weeks early? I have gestational diabetes?

Will my ob want to deliver my big baby a couple weeks early? I have gestational diabetes?

Perhaps: The answer is completely up to your ob, as it depends on how the baby is doing, assuming your diabetes is well controlled. If everything is going well you masy be able to go to full term. ...Read more

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Can i eat cashew nuts in gestational diabetes?

Can i eat cashew nuts in gestational diabetes?

Yes: Tree nuts, like cashews, are great sources of healthy oil, protein and calcium. All of those are nutrients you need right now. They do not raise blood sugar levels and blunt to blood sugar raising effects of other foods. People who eat nuts are, on average 10 lbs lighter than other people. ...Read more

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32wks pregnant w/ gestational diabetes.control w/diet.last 2days eat too much carbs got high reading(124,153..)2x a day.did it put baby at risk?

32wks pregnant w/ gestational diabetes.control w/diet.last 2days eat too much carbs got high reading(124,153..)2x a day.did it put baby at risk?

Yes: It is imperative that you stay on your diet as the baby's risk for Macrosomia(too large baby weight) is dependent upon your diets' compliance or not. When the baby is too large then there is a rash of vaginal delivery complications and inherent risks to the baby's health in general. ...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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Hello what are the blood suger levels supposed to be in between, that are healthy and safe for baby when i have gestational diabetes?

Hello what are the blood suger levels supposed to be in between, that are healthy and safe for baby when i have gestational diabetes?

Ask your OB!: You are smart to ask this question. I'm sure you have researched it and feel confused. Gestational diabetes is common, and the main complication is large baby size. You know what you need to avoid (sugar! ). Excellent hydration will also help keep your blood sugar lower. Moderate exercise will help too. Eat healthy and don't obsess over this. Wising you a safe delivery of a healthy baby! ...Read more

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I have gestational diabetes. If i don't breastfeed will my baby definitely get diabetes?

I have gestational diabetes. If i don't breastfeed will my baby definitely get diabetes?

No...: ... But there's evidence that breastfeeding will help you lose weight and reduce your risk of long-term health problems. In a large study, moms who had gestational diabetes and breastfed for at least 9 months across all their babies reduced their risk of metabolic syndrome by more than 80 percent. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about how breastfeeding might work for you. ...Read more

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If i have gestational diabetes can i still eat ice cream?

If i have gestational diabetes can i still eat ice cream?

A little is OK: There are no foods that are forbidden in diabetes, but the portion size matters. Your doctor likely placed you on a restricted carbs diet. A small amount of ice cream is fine as long as you keep a careful eye on your daily carb count. More info: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/gestational/how-to-treat-gestational.html ...Read more

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Is it okay to eat beef chorizo (well done of course) with eggs if I have gestational diabetes?

Is it okay to eat beef chorizo (well done of course) with eggs if I have gestational diabetes?

Sounds great! : Eggs and chorizo are great sources of protein. The fat content will be a little high so be aware and don't eat it every day. ...Read more

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I have gestational diabetes and it's at 61 fasting so i eat a sugary treat to get it back up how long should I wait to take my blood sugar again?

I have gestational diabetes and it's at 61 fasting so i eat a sugary treat to get it back up how long should I wait to take my blood sugar again?

One hour: The low blood sugar is a signal that you need to change your way of eating because a sugary treat will cause your blood sugar to continue to bounce. Eat six equal meals with lots of vegetables and avoid sugar, fruit juices, sweet fruits, and processed grains. Relax fora few minutes and do light exercise for 10 minutes if possible after each meal. In a few weeks you will feel much better. ...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


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Diabetes (Definition)

A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the ...Read more