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Old Oct 5th, 2011, 13:08 PM   1
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Hypoglycemia and Pregnancy?


Hey girls I've had issues with low blood sugar since I was a young teenager but I've controlled it mainly with watching what kind of food I ate and it's been fine. Now that I am pregnant I worry about what my low blood sugars can do to baby. Before it was just me that felt the affects but now I have somebody else to worry about. This morning I felt shaky and my glucose reading was 71 and that was 2 hours after eating breakfast. I'm going to start keeping a closer eye on it for my doctor to review but does anybody have any experience or advice for this condition in pregnancy?



 
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Old Oct 5th, 2011, 13:28 PM   2
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I have hypoglycemia too and my bloods at 10 weeks were on the low side but not too bad. I'm concerned that midwife hasn't tested again though. Not sure how it affects baby



 
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Old Oct 5th, 2011, 15:34 PM   3
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I have it too. It was worse in the 1st tri. I've pretty much stabilized it again, but I do get an occasional night sweat now. Everything I've read says it has no effect on the baby, but I don't think it's been really researched either. Most doctors won't even accept most hypoglycemias. (Mine won't. Told me everything was normal.)



 
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Old Oct 5th, 2011, 15:38 PM   4
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just a little of what I know...I had diabetes when pregnant with DD...it can have some of the same effects on you and baby as high blood sugar. Further along, low sugar can cause nerve damage to the baby, decrease oxygen levels to baby, can cause brain damage in you and baby, can deteriorate your placenta, and having a hypoglycemic episode and fainting spells could injure you and baby. Its verrrry important to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, ESPECIALLY during pregnancy. A spoonfull of peanut butter every few hours, cheese cubes, milk...and small frequent meals thoughout the day will definitely help it. Good luck ladies!



 
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And something else...mothers with sugar related problems during pregnancy increase their childs risk later in life to have problems with sugar...as well as right after birth. My LO was sent to the NICU for fluid in her lungs which resolved in about 3 hrs but while she was there her blood sugar kept dropping keeping her there until she was almost 20 hrs old and it stabilized on its own. And significant changes in blood sugar, from low to high, high to low, etc can also have effects on the babies lung maturity. Usually sugar problems slow down the process of lung maturity in babies so while 37 wks if full term and you could give birth, your baby might have the lungs of a 33 wk gestation baby and still need some extra assistance neonatally.

Sorry for the novel...but really feel like I have to stress the importance of sugar related issues during pregnancy after what we went through.



 
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Old Oct 5th, 2011, 19:12 PM   6
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Im diabetic and low sugar does not affect the baby but will make you feel shocking, and could be dangerous if you collapse and hurt yrself ... best thing if they go low is something sugary like a can of drink allways follwed by a carb..(Carry these with you-keep a stash at work also) do not just eat protein (cheese cubes & milk as these will not rise your sugar levels).. you need a slow release carbohydrate in you thruout the day xxx
Its high sugar levels in the first 12 weeks that cause problems to baby xx



 
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Old Oct 5th, 2011, 20:00 PM   7
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Im diabetic and low sugar does not affect the baby but will make you feel shocking, and could be dangerous if you collapse and hurt yrself ... best thing if they go low is something sugary like a can of drink allways follwed by a carb..(Carry these with you-keep a stash at work also) do not just eat protein (cheese cubes & milk as these will not rise your sugar levels).. you need a slow release carbohydrate in you thruout the day xxx
Its high sugar levels in the first 12 weeks that cause problems to baby xx
Prevention is the best cure. Eating carbs only WILL cause a crash (at least with some types of hypo). Eating protein, carbs, AND fat every time you eat will USUALLY help stabilize BS levels. (If you are already in a crash, you may need just the sugar, but then you better eat something else or it will happen again.)



 
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Old Oct 6th, 2011, 05:59 AM   8
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Im diabetic and low sugar does not affect the baby but will make you feel shocking, and could be dangerous if you collapse and hurt yrself ... best thing if they go low is something sugary like a can of drink allways follwed by a carb..(Carry these with you-keep a stash at work also) do not just eat protein (cheese cubes & milk as these will not rise your sugar levels).. you need a slow release carbohydrate in you thruout the day xxx
Its high sugar levels in the first 12 weeks that cause problems to baby xx
Prevention is the best cure. Eating carbs only WILL cause a crash (at least with some types of hypo). Eating protein, carbs, AND fat every time you eat will USUALLY help stabilize BS levels. (If you are already in a crash, you may need just the sugar, but then you better eat something else or it will happen again.)
as i mentioned if she has a hypo, she needs something sugary followed by a carb. Protein alone will not rise her sugar levels.. eating protein with the carbs does stop sugar levels rising as fast.. so best only to eat these together when she is feeling right. If she eats just sugar when having a hypo she will drop down again very quickly.. the slow release carb will keep her levels up xxx



 
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