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What is the best treatment for gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
18 doctors agree

In brief: Diet and exercise

The best treatment, for mom and baby, involves keeping the blood sugar (glucose) value stable and in an acceptable range.
That involves a combination of eating properly and exercising as allowed. Some women also need to take medication. In all cases, frequent monitoring of the blood glucose is required. Monitoring of the baby is also typically done during visits at the ob's office.

In brief: Diet and exercise

The best treatment, for mom and baby, involves keeping the blood sugar (glucose) value stable and in an acceptable range.
That involves a combination of eating properly and exercising as allowed. Some women also need to take medication. In all cases, frequent monitoring of the blood glucose is required. Monitoring of the baby is also typically done during visits at the ob's office.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
I agree. The best treatment is the one that maintains normal glucose levels. That will minimize the fetal and maternal risks throughout the pregnancy.
David Miller
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Glucose control

It's very important that you work hard at controlling your gestational diabetes.
Women with gestational diabetes are much more likely to have type ii diabetes later in life. Their babies also have problems like being much too big at birth (as much a problem for mom as baby) as well as obesity and type ii diabetes early in life.

In brief: Glucose control

It's very important that you work hard at controlling your gestational diabetes.
Women with gestational diabetes are much more likely to have type ii diabetes later in life. Their babies also have problems like being much too big at birth (as much a problem for mom as baby) as well as obesity and type ii diabetes early in life.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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Dr. Malinda Linn
Thank you, David, for being proactive in this answer.
David Miller
You're welcome. :-)
Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Multiple answers

I agree with the other doctors in that monitoring your sugar and your weight is very important.
Diet and exercise are very important and multiple oral medications and various types of Insulin all work well. You need to talk with your doctor and if they are not comfortable managing it you should ask to be referred to an endocrinologist.

In brief: Multiple answers

I agree with the other doctors in that monitoring your sugar and your weight is very important.
Diet and exercise are very important and multiple oral medications and various types of Insulin all work well. You need to talk with your doctor and if they are not comfortable managing it you should ask to be referred to an endocrinologist.
Dr. Steven Hill
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