Gestational Diabetes: Target Blood Sugar Levels

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Gestational Diabetes: Target Blood Sugar Levels

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It is important to keep your blood sugar levels in a healthy range during your pregnancy.

Healthy blood sugar levels for women with gestational diabetes
Before breakfast Healthy level 1 hour after meals

3.8 to 5.2 mmol/L

5.5 to 7.7 mmol/L

Note: If you have gestational diabetes, you may experience weakness, sweating, and hunger if your blood sugar level drops below 4.0 mmol/L (70 mg/dL). These are symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which can be serious if it is not treated. As soon as these symptoms develop, eat some food that contains sugar to raise your blood sugar level.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Alan C. Dalkin, MD - Endocrinology
Specialist Medical Reviewer Donald Sproule, MD, CM, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine
Last Revised November 11, 2010

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