Post # 1
I know everyone is usually concerned with elevated glucose. I just got my lab report back and my glucose was 28 mg/dL. Now, this wasn’t fasting and was early morning and I had just eaten a breakfast bar… But I know from past medical history that my glucose levels are normally low.
Has anyone else ever experienced this? Does this harm the baby in any way? I will mention it at my next appointment but I can’t find anything by googling… And my insane mommy hormones are freaking out a little!
Post # 3
@beckwife: what did your doctor say? definetly keep snacks around, you don’t want to be dipping low too often.
You could fall down and smack your head..so be careful!
Post # 4
@fresitachulita: I haven’t heard from her. My labs came up online so that’s where I looked. She just put them up today so maybe I’ll call tomorrow? I haven’t had too many issues with it getting so low that I get dizzy. Maybe 1x/month when I don’t have snacks on me. So then I just get really bitchy and tell people that I need food NOW! lol
Do I just need to worry about not passing out? More for me than the baby? I can definitely keep it up high enough for that. I’ve never actually passed out due to my blood sugar. I did pass out once maybe 4 years ago and the paramedics checked my sugar and it was 40 so they attributed it to that. But when we got to the hospital (my head kinda bounced off the cement floor when I passed out…), it was maybe 30? So that got ruled out since I was up walking and talking.
I just didn’t know if the baby needed it to be higher… Kinda like you have to keep your folic acid up for the baby?
Post # 5
Don’t stress about this. Just ask your doctor about it at your next appointment. Your baby will be fine.
Post # 7
Your blood glucose was 28 non fasting? I would call your Dr tomorrow and make sure they know. My FI is diabetic and the lowest I’ve seen him was maybe 35 and he was very out of it…
Post # 8
@beckwife: There is little risk to the baby at this point as long you get it managed properly, soon (it can become probematic to the pregnancy if it continues)…the cause for the hypoglycemia needs to be determined first. I wouldn’t worry to much, your doc will help you get to the bottom of it, there is usually an underlying cause. If you get nearly no symptoms of your hypoglycemia, I would try (for now) several small meals a day…
Post # 9
@Cady: Thank you! I needed the calm reply!
@RunnerBride13: Yes, non-fasting. I haven’t had any hypoglycemic symptoms which is weird considering how low it actually was… I’ll definitely call!
@fresitachulita: Yeah, crazy me should probably stop googling since I’ve now discovered the possible causes of hypoglycemia lol. I’m glad I’ve always been a grazer and I’m assuming this is probably why I’ve grown up eating this way! Thank you for your responses!
Post # 10
Stay off GOOGLE!!! Call your doctor and hopefully it is a simple easy fix, like eating small meals all day long 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 11
I am diabetic (type 1) and from what I learnt from fellow pregnant type-1 diabetics is, that in the first term of the pregnancy, glucose levels tend to be pretty low. So if I was pregnant now, I would have to use less insuline. This totally reverses in the last term, when glucose levels tend to go sky high and you have to use insuline doses you wouldn’t have dreamt of. So what I was wanting to say is, that if you are generally a low glucose level person, this could be amplified by the pregnancy. I agree with PP who advised you to speak to your doctor. It could be potentially hazardous for you and the baby if you black out.
@RunnerBride13: It really depends on the individual! I had glucose levels as low as 22 and was only very shaky and could still get me food and drink to get the levels up again. Others pass out at levels of 60.
Post # 12
@Aprilsfool: I agree. I am type 1 as well and the symptoms and when they hit are different for every hypo.
But not only the effect on your baby low blood sugar especially prolonged can have great long term effects on your body. Basically as your BSL drops your body starts shutting down what it sees as non essential areas. This is to ensure that your heart, lungs and brain get the blood flow that they need. Long term effects can be memory problems, organ damage and circulation problems.
Definately get it checked out by a doctor and I would maybe talk to a dietician about your diet and how to include more GI foods.
Post # 13
@Aprilsfool: That’s interesting! That must’ve been what happened with me. Because I definitely notice that it’s lower now than it’s been before.
@j_jaye: I get symptoms when it eventually gets low enough. I would never let it stay low for long as it’s not a fun feeling….
I spoke to my midwife and she wasn’t too concerned. It really won’t affect the baby and she said I’m definitely off the watch list for GD! I’m not supposed to do ANYTHING before I eat breakfast (which I’ve been working on!) and just keep eating small meals throughout the day to keep my sugar from getting too low. Thanks for helping this hormonal mama, ladies!