Low Blood Sugar??

5 posts / 0 new
Last post
irskamaminka's picture
Joined: 02/23/08
Posts: 99
Low Blood Sugar??

I got a bunch of bloodwork done, and my doctor said my blood sugar was really low. Does anyone know if this puts me at risk for gestational diabetes later on?

mom2robbie's picture
Joined: 01/20/07
Posts: 2541

It shouldn't as GD is high blood sugar. Generally if it is low you just need to eat something or drink some juice.

irskamaminka's picture
Joined: 02/23/08
Posts: 99

Thanks for the response! Smile I thought maybe since my body is not doing the best job of regulating my blood sugar in general, it might mean GD later. My doc said the same- eat fruit every three hours and carry around juice all the time, so I bought some apple juice boxes to carry around with me. I have been so weak and nauseous, as well as super moody, and I just thought this was caused by pregnancy. Now I wonder how much was because of this.

Mom2009's picture
Joined: 04/29/13
Posts: 474

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) as a normal thing (not part of pregnancy, in non-pregnant) can be an indicator of eventual type 2 diabetes. However, in early pregnancy, I have found that my body becomes much more efficient with the insulin in my system and I will tend to go low whenever I go more than a few hours without eating something small. I am diabetic, but when I am not pregnant I rarely to never go low, because my body tends to level out at 'normal' blood glucose ranges. I have wondered if maybe this efficiency of insulin use in early pregnancy might also happen for some non-diabetics. Sounds like it could?

The only way your blood sugar could swing the other way to start going high on a regular basis is if you continually overload your system with too much sugar when you go low. But GD has more to do with the placenta blocking insulin absorption then actually what you are experiencing now or even what you eat sometimes, though diet can help with it or even prevent being put on medication for some. That is why they check for GD in the mid part of pregnancy sometime, b/c as the placenta gets bigger it can block the insulin from being produced or absorbed correctly into your body. I hope that all makes sense!

I think that was a lot more than you asked for there. Sorry if it was a bit much!

Just my 2 cents, for what its worth. Smile

And feel free to correct me if I'm a little off my rocker here! Smile

irskamaminka's picture
Joined: 02/23/08
Posts: 99

Sorry to respond so late; we had a crazy weekend, but thank you so much for the detailed response! Everything you say makes a lot of sense and also calms me down a bit. I am trying to go with slow burning carbs and protein, and only drinking juice if I feel I need it.

My last daughter was on the small side when born full-term (6lbs 2oz), and I kind of wonder if there is any connection there.

Log in or register to post comments