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02 Nov 2011

Gestational diabetes
Good day Dr.

My gynae has diagnosed me with gestational diabetes. I am 31, 33 weeks pregnant, and this morning my sugar level was 12.9.

I have also been for a GTT test.

Please let me know what is a " severe"  sugar reading - and when will the right time of the day be to test my sugar, i.e. before or after meals etc. I have a week to bring my levels down otherwise he is going to put me on insulin, should he not have done so already?

Your help is much appreciated.

Kind regards
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Diabetes expert
Diabetes expert

01 Jan 0001

Dear Daleen,

With gestational diabetes, the aim is to get morning glucose levels below 6 and levels I hour after meals (i.e 1 hour after the first bite of food) to less than 8, and therefore I would suggest testing at these times. Certainly if you are unable to attain these levels, then insulin should be started after about 3 days.

Also remember that diabetes in pregnancy puts you at risk for diabetes later on, and therefore you must have glucose levels reassessed 3 months post delivery.

Dr May

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