Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

3/21/05

Q:

I had Gestational Diabetes during my pregnancy. I know based on my ethic group, diabetic family history, topped with the fact that I had Gestational Diabetes, I am a perfect candidate. What is the normal blood sugar range after pregnancy?

A:
Ideally, fasting blood sugars should be under 100 and closer to 80. Pre-diabetes is now a fasting sugar of 100. You'll see ranges of 70-110, 60-120, or variations to take into account those with heart conditions and/or other reasons for not wanting tighter control. A "normal" blood sugar would never exceed 140 at any time, and would ideally be no more than 110-120 two hours post-meal. If you were tightly managed with gestational diabetes, you were not to exceed 110 one hour after eating. This can be a challenge. It is not inevitable that you will get diabetes, but it is imperative that you be as active as you can, reduce your stress, and mange your food intake well. Seek whatever guidance you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.



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