Women's Health: Postpartum Community
26.1k Members
Avatar universal

Gestational Diabetes

I have a friend that has had sugar in her urine the past couple of doctor visits and today they did the 3 hour glucose test or whatever.  She said she may have gestational diabetes.  She is around 33-34 weeks.  What does it mean to have this and what effects does it have on the mother and baby?  Thanks.
3 Responses
Avatar universal
My mother had this with my sister. I know it can be so bad that you have to watch your diet and even in some cases need an insulin shot daily. In my mothers case she just had to watch her diet (which she didn't really do effectively, and still managed to come out okay.)

From what I understand, it makes the baby REALLY huge. But other effects I am unsure of.
Avatar universal
She will be put on a diet (not particularly a calorie-restricted diet, but one with a limited amount of sugar/carbohydrates) for the duration of the pregnancy.  She will have her blood sugar checked fairly frequently, and if they are consistently abnormal while on the diet she may be given insulin and taught to monitor her sugars at home.

The goal is to regulate her blood sugars into a normal range in order to optimize the health of the baby and herself.  Uncontrolled gest. diabetes can lead to an unusually large baby, or one that has problems with LOW blood sugar after birth.  
Avatar universal
Thank you.  I was curious because I did not know anything about it.
Popular Resources
From skin changes to weight loss to unusual bleeding, here are 15 cancer warning signs that women tend to ignore.
Here’s what you need to know about the transition into menopause – and life after the change takes place.
It’s more than just the “baby blues.“ Learn to recognize the signs of postpartum depression – and how to treat it.
Forget the fountain of youth – try flossing instead! Here are 11 surprising ways to live longer.
From STD tests to mammograms, find out which screening tests you need - and when to get them.
Find out if PRP therapy right for you.