Gestational Diabetes

Cynthia Flynn's picture
Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am six weeks pregnant with my second child. With my first (now 3 years old) I developed a mild case of gestational diabetes.

Should I start following the gestational diabetes diet now, or wait until the glucose screening test to see if I have it again? If I follow the diet starting now, is there a better chance that I won't develop it?

Thanks!

ANSWER

Yes and yes. I would advise you to start on the diet starting four months ago (but now is good!) and keep tight control of your sugars no matter what the test says.

You are at risk for a repeat of the gestational diabetes as well as regular diabetes, so why go there, either for yourself or your baby?

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD