After The Baby Is Born Does The Gd Disapear

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mandee25 - June 22

Does the gestational diabetes go away after the baby is born and when do you get tested for this? Does having GD give your baby a higher risk of having diabetes and does eating too much sugar cause this?


CaliTrish - June 22

Straight from: "Gestational diabetes usually goes away after pregnancy. But once you've had gestational diabetes, your chances are 2 in 3 that it will return in future pregnancies. In a few women, however, pregnancy uncovers type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It is hard to tell whether these women have gestational diabetes or have just started showing their diabetes during pregnancy. These women will need to continue diabetes treatment after pregnancy. Many women who have gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes years later." If you let GD go uncontrolled, it will cause "the baby's pancreas to make extra insulin to get rid of the blood glucose." "Babies with excess insulin become children who are at risk for obesity and adults who are at risk for type 2 diabetes."


sunshyne9 - June 22

When I was pregneat with my 1st I got GD... and after my daughter was born it went away.. So yes I believe if you havn't had a problem before with it.. that it will go away on its own.. Ask your dr about eating too much sugar or wahtever.. Im not sure there is much that someoen can do to not get it.. Just luck of the draw I think..but also diabetes runs in my family so maybe that made a difference.


CaliTrish - June 22

Realized I didn't respond to the last part of your question. Eating too much sugar does not cause GD; however, if you have GD, eating too much sugar will aggravate the condition. Genetics, age, obesity, and even race are contributing factors to who gets GD, but as Sunshyne9 says it just the luck of the draw.


lovemy3 - June 22

My GD went away after delivery but it doesn't always. No it doesn't give your baby a higher chance of having diabetes, but it does increase your chance of developing type 2 Diabetes when you are older, so you will need to watch out for that. it is very important to be under care of dr when you have this because too much sugar in your system does effect your baby. your baby will grow extra large and will be at risk for needing to be born early due to size but the internal organs won't be ready. Also after your baby is born his/her glucose readings will be unstable if yours aren't controlled during pregnancy. Mine was controlled completely by diet. I did need to test my blood 4 times per day and follow exactly what the dr gave me to follow as far as diet goes. By my discharge date 3 days post partum all was well with baby and I. the tinnest of people eating perfectly can develop gest diabetes. unfortunately it can just happen, although it is greatly influenced by what you eat. good luck.


mandee25 - June 24

Thanks for all the info. I wanted to hear this from people that have had it already.


KLT - June 26

What should I be doing now as far as my diet control to avoid getting GD? I just went to an appt today and the doc said I need to watch my diet but then didn't give me very good guidance. I asked questions but felt I didn't really get the answers I needed. I go back for the 1-hour test this week (i'm 24 weeks now). I have no idea what I should be eating or not eating anymore. I thought I was doing it all right!


Tanna - June 26

My GD went away after the first two times. Did not end up with it this time...thank goodness! But I did fail the one hour test.


CaliTrish - June 27

KLT, for the one hour glucose test, you wanna be less than 140 mg/dL; otherwise, they'll have you take the 3-hr glucose test. For a standard blood glucose tests, your fasting blood glucose should be 70-99 mg/dL, 2 hours after eating should be 70-145 mg/dL, and a random test should be 70-125 mg/dL. If you are diagnosed with GD, these ranges will be a little more strict.


jas - June 27

I had GD - it DOES go away as soon as you pa__s the placenta - as it is the placenta that is causing havock. Carbs are a bad thing - limit what you take in... No biggie... You can't "avoid" getting GD either - you will have it or not. There are things you can do if you have it so it does not cause your baby any problems.



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