Delivery Day and Gestational Diabetes
If you have Gestational Diabetes, the best thing to do is to give birth as close to the indicated date as you can. If all your tests and those of the baby are normal, you should expect labor to begin naturally. If the tests aren’t normal, the doctor may induce labor before the expected date.
Your labor and delivery will be like those of other women. The safest thing to do is to check your blood sugar level frequently, and to get your drip on a vein in your arm or hand. You shouldn’t need to take insulin during labor, as most woman don’t require it.
Make sure your doctor checks your baby’s blood sugar level, immediately after birth. This is done to check if they have low blood sugar level (Hypoglycemia), as this is a very dangerous condition that can threaten the baby’s life. If your baby’s blood sugar level is normal, nothing else has to be done. If, however, the glucose level is too low (Hypoglycemia), your baby will be given something to drink. They may have to keep your baby under strict observation for a few hours, so your baby doesn’t run any health risks.
Did my Gestational Diabetes really disappear after pregnancy?
After your baby is born, you’ll need another blood test, to check if your Gestational Diabetes has disappeared. This test has to be done in a laboratory between the second and sixth week after your baby’s birth. Your doctor or nurse will discuss this with you.
Few women continue to have Diabetes after giving birth. About 5% of women with Gestational Diabetes will continue to have diabetes after delivery.
The most important thing is that you can have Gestational Diabetes again in your next pregnancy. Also, if you’re overweight and don’t do anything to avoid it, you have a very high risk of having Diabetes for life.
What you’ve learned now about controlling your blood sugar level will help you stay healthy for the rest of your life.
After childbirth remember:
- Exercise regularly.
- Have a healthy eating regime.
- Lose weight if necessary.
- Check your Glucose and Hemoglobin A1c levels, at least once a year.
If you get pregnant again, tell your doctor if you had Gestational Diabetes. The doctor will have to check you again, and if you have Gestational Diabetes, you’ll have to follow the same recommendations and care as you did before.