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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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I want to know about glucose level. Please guide.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 11 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I have done glucose challenge test (GCT) one hour and the result was 174 and glucose challenge test (GCT) two hours was 174 with 2.9 oz glucose but fasting plasma glucose was 82, HbA1c 5.5 and estimated average blood glucose level was 111.15. But I di...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Let me start by saying that you are absolutely fine. Your endocrinologist has given you the right advice. Let me give you a few facts as per WHO and world standards: Glucose challenge test is done at 26 to 28 weeks only, by making you have 1.7 oz of glucose dissolved in...  Read Full »

I am 29-weeks pregnant with a high sugar level, so my doctor has advised me to drink protein powder. Should I drink it or consume natural proteins?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 29 weeks pregnant. I have found that my sugar level is higher than normal. The doctor recommended 16 units of insulin per day and daily glucose monitoring and a healthy diet. I am following this for two weeks. My doctor prescribed me Pro PL Lite powder, but my dietitian said to consu...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please send me detailed history regarding diabetes, its values, and your oral and injectable medications. Diabetes in pregnancy has many risks and needs too much monitoring of maternal and fetal health and a proper delivery plan with strict s...  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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

My blood sugar levels got normal after delivery but raised now. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, Four years ago, I had pregnancy diabetes. Once I delivered my baby, the blood sugar levels were normal. I used to check the blood sugar levels and they were normal all these years. But since nearly six months, my levels started rising again. Usually, my fasting levels are high now and th...  Read Full »

Dr. Gowrimeena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is well known that diabetes during pregnancy is a forerunner for diabetes in later life. It is good that you checked your blood levels faithfully after your delivery and that is why you were able to identify the high levels. Having found out about these high levels, ...  Read Full »

I have high PPBS. Am I in the pre-diabetic phase?

Query: Hello doctor, I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy. I did not take any medications. I controlled it through diet. I delivered a boy baby. Three days after the delivery, my sugar levels were checked, and they were found to be normal. Yesterday, I checked again and found my fasting blood sug...  Read Full »

Dr. Sathawane Aparna Mulchand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It can take seven to eight weeks for your sugar levels to become normal. Your fasting sugar is normal, but your postprandial is a little high. Do not take only rice in your diet. Try to take a complete food. This will not affect the baby's digestion. I suggest you con...  Read Full »

Was gestational diabetes test conducted correctly for me?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 9 weeks 3 days pregnant. My doctor has diagnosed me with gestational diabetes. At my 1 hour test, my levels were at 170, which was high, but they told me it was low. I was scheduled for 3 hours test and was told to eat sugar treats and sugar drinks three days before my test and then ...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Let me make a few corrections in the methods done. I have not heard of the methods done. Gestational diabetes is caused by the hormones of the pregnancy, which appears in pregnancy only after 26 to 28 weeks, the time when pregnancy hormones are at the highest level. So...  Read Full »

Is there anything abnormal in my pregnancy test reports?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 weeks pregnant. I have done the following tests: CBC with PS, ESR (Westergren's method) and routine urine examination. Also, I have tested for a GCT single sample after taking 75 g of glucose and TSH. Recently, I have got Mcdonald stitch. My current medication is Folvite, Pixit, E...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have normocytic and normochromic anemia (attachment removed to protect patient identity), so you need to take Iron tablets regularly.The ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) can be high due to an allergic skin reaction or even presence of helminths, which may be ...  Read Full »

Advise a diet plan to avoid diabetes during pregnancy.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 weeks pregnant. This weekend I had my glucose tolerance test (3 hours) and on which I failed badly. My fasting numbers were 172, 325 and 318. I know they are bad, but my doctor never told me to follow a strict diet of three to five days prior to the test. In my pregnancy, I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are suffering from gestational diabetes mellitus without any doubt. As per IADPSG criteria (International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Group) and DIPSI criteria (The Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Group India) both makes you overt diabetic. These le...  Read Full »

My fasting sugar is 260, 45 days after delivery. Is it gestational diabetes or a permanent one?

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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 is the effect of Metformin on brain health?

Query: Hello doctor, I have gestational diabetes and am currently taking Metformin to manage my blood sugar levels. I am concerned about the potential impact of diabetes and diabetes medications on brain health. Can you provide insights into how gestational diabetes and diabetes medications like metformin...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Since it is gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), you can take Metformin (an anti-hyperglycemic agent). If sugar levels are not controlled, you can plan for insulin after consulting your doctor. Both tablet Metformin ...  Read Full »

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