Is It GD Or Insulin That Slows Down Lung Maturity

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ESol - September 20

Hi all. I'm 34 weeks, have GD, blood sugar shows really well since I've been put on a diet approximately 3 weeks ago. I do not take insulin. I really want a planned C-Section at 37.5 weeks - mainly because baby feels like she has already dropped in the past few days (last Friday). My question is, is it just having GD or is it insulin that would slow down the baby's maturing lungs? Thanks!!

 

docbytch - September 20

It's both the high blood sugar levels in moms blood which cross the placental and enter fetal circulation as well as the higher levels of fetal insulin that are produced by the baby in an effort to utilize the glucose. So...it's both

 

crrodgers - September 20

I was supposed to deliver my baby at 36 weeks due to a previous uteran tear and they did an amnio and the babies lungs were very underdeveloped. The numbers should have came back between 50-300 and my numbers came in at 17. I am insulin dependant. I am going to deliver either fiday or tuesday, but only because of my history with my uterus. If I did not have that problem, they would have wanted to do another amnio to make sure his lungs are ready. And boy lungs develop slower than baby girls. Good Luck!

 

KDR - September 20

Women who have higher blood sugars have more risk of having babies with immature lungs. If the blood sugars have been well-controlled, then the baby should be fine.

 

ESol - September 20

Thanks KDR and docbytch. I have been reading your postings crrodgers and I'm praying for you.

 

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