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January 27th, 2006, 08:17 AM
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I plan to breastfeed and was reading the post on what special foods that you look forward to after the baby was born (mmnn, cheesecake and starbucks and cinnamon rolls). Does anyone know if you have to follow the same GD diet after the baby is born when you are breastfeeding or is that going to depend on how you blood sugars do right after birth?

How long does it take for GD to go away (if it goes away at all) after birth?
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January 27th, 2006, 09:37 AM
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They should go away within a day or two, if not immediately. Eat whatever you want while BFing =)

With my last 2 pregnancies, they checked me immediately after delivery and I think maybe they checked one more time sometime before I left. But I think I had to ask them to check me. You might want to bring your own test kit if you're concerned. My hospital just assumed it went away I guess.
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January 27th, 2006, 09:39 AM
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Because GD is caused by the placenta, as soon as you deliver the placenta your blood sugar levels should return to normal. That said, some cases of GD are simply undiagnosed type 2 diabetes that weren't noticed until into a pregnancy... in that case, of course, the problem will remain after the birth.

Most likely it'll be gone immediately after you give birth.
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January 27th, 2006, 09:42 AM
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GD should go away immediately. As soon as the placenta is delivered, the hormones that cause insulin resistance aren't being produced any more. They'll test your blood sugar in the hospital once or twice. You should also have it tested at 6wks post or so, to make sure it went away completely, or you haven't developed diabetes in general. That's my understanding at least. So after the birth, you should be able to eat "normally" right away. I may stick with some of the things I've learend on the diet, just because I've had issues with my blood sugar when I eat certain foods anyway (not diabetic, just sensitive) so I figure continueing to skip the cereal for breakfast won't kill me
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