Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes or high blood sugar levels that are seen during pregnancy is called gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes can cause the baby to grow very big, and the baby might develop conditions like respiratory distress syndrome, low blood sugar at birth, and preterm birth.

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How to maintain blood sugar levels during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 29 weeks pregnant. I am checking my blood glucose levels on a daily basis for the past five days. On the first day, I had a fasting blood glucose of 98 mg/dL, after taking breakfast of two hours, I had a blood glucose level of 85 mg/dL, after taking lunch, I had a blood glucose leve...  Read Full »


Dr. Lorena Zijaj

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Usually, you should have a fasting glucose level of less than 90 to 100 mg/dL. Diabetes is diagnosed during pregnancy when the fasting blood glucose level is higher than 126 mg/dL. You should do a 75 grams or 50 grams tolerance test. HbA1c (hemoglobin A1c) test help...  Read Full »

Why is my fasting sugar 260, 45 days after delivery?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 29 years old. I delivered my first baby last month. During pregnancy, I had gestational diabetes and I was taking insulin for two months. During the first trimester, my sugar level was normal. After delivery, when I checked it again, my sugar levels was normal. But now after forty-f...  Read Full »


Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar

Diabetologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the details given and I understand the concern. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is a commonly seen condition nowadays. Invariably post-delivery, the condition return backs to normal in many patients. It is a clear sign or indication that in immed...  Read Full »

What are the risks of uncontrolled gestational diabetes?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32-year-old female. I have type 2 diabetes, and I am seven months pregnant. Before the third trimester, my sugar level was well controlled, and as per the doctor's consent, he has put me on Insulin, so I took four units of dose before the meal. But now (during the third trimester)...  Read Full »


Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am very sorry to say that the present blood glucose values you have mentioned indicate your glycemic control is not good. In pregnancy, there is a requirement of strict blood sugars control as it can affect the baby's growth and well-being. The ideal fasting should...  Read Full »

Can I redo GCT in a different laboratory to confirm the results?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 16 weeks pregnant with high GCT results. I would like to reconfirm the results. The value found today was 232 mg/dL. Can I redo the test in different laboratory to confirm the same? Is there any challenge in taking glucose again?  Read Full »


Dr. Saumya Mittal

Diabetologist, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, of course you can do it in another laboratory. I recommend FBS (fasting blood glucose), GCT (glucose challenge test) and HbA1c. Let me know the test reports. Revert back with the reports to a diabetologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/di...  Read Full »

What is the indication of insulin during gestational diabetes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 2.5 months pregnant now. And I have developed gestational diabetes and consulted with a gynecologist in the nearby polyclinic and made HbA1c (blood sugar monitoring test) and the result is 6.4 % reference range normal up to 6%. Before pregnancy diabetes range used to be always...  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and from what you have mentioned it appears that your blood sugar is not very high as to start insulin treatment as of now but you need to be closely monitored as regards to blood sugar, ultrasound fetal monitoring by an obstetrician and a die...  Read Full »

Can increased levels of ketones affect baby during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 32 weeks pregnant. I have gestational diabetes since 24 weeks. I did not have much apetite during whole pregnancy due to my stomach problems and I did not put on weight too much. Now it is better. I was told to check my ketones since 25 week. And I did. There was always +/- in the m...  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me start by assuring you that your baby is absolutely fine and will not have any problems in future life. Let me tell you how. Usually, mother always has a poor appetite and poor food intake during the first half of pregnancy. This is due to the hormones of pregnanc...  Read Full »

How early can a baby be delivered due to diabetes in a pregnant women?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is 26 years old. She is 33 weeks pregnant and detected with sugar all of a sudden. Her PP sugar level is 149 mg/dL. Can you suggest how to control it? How early baby can be delivered?  Read Full »


Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A single reading of postprandial sugar of 149 mg/dL should not be a reason to worry unless your wife has a family history of diabetes or diabetes in the previous pregnancy. She can do one oral GTT (glucose tolerance test). It is a sugar test done in fasting and every...  Read Full »

What to do for fluctuating sugar levels in pregnancy even after insulin injection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 7 months pregnant. My sugar is not constant and is fluctuating too much. I am taking insulin two times a day. I have attached my file.  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and gone through your reports. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It appears that you have gestational diabetes and cord around the neck of the baby. Now, this is a complicated pregnancy and you must follow a senior gynecologist with...  Read Full »

I had pregnancy diabetes. But, why is my sugar level shooting up even after pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, During pregnancy, I checked my sugar levels. It was very high. I consulted a sugar specialist. She gave me Glucophage 500 mg. In the seventh month, I used insulin. The doctor said that it is pregnancy diabetes and after delivery, it will get alright. But after delivery, my sugar ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and from what you have mentioned, it appears that you have diabetes and you must take treatment for it. Gestational diabetes which you had during pregnancy may be the time you discovered that you had diabetes but you must have been havin...  Read Full »

Is it fine to take Betnesol during 36 weeks of pregnancy with BP, thyroid and diabetes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 36 weeks pregnant with LMP. My doctor is prescribing me Betnesol. I have thyroid, BP and GD. They are under control. Sugar levels are also under control. I am little worried about Betnesol. My previous baby was a C-section. I had planned normal delivery (for my first) but had to ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In cases of gestational diabetes mellitus with gestational hypertension at 36 weeks of gestation, there are chances that there occurs delayed maturation of fetal lungs which can prevent the baby from baby breathing after birth due to immature lungs. So considering yo...  Read Full »

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