Do Pregnancy Hormones Affect Blood Sugar Levels?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-02-16 14:20:36 -0600
Started 2010-02-16 14:20:36 -0600

Just for women, but men can learn from this too !

Pregnant? If you’ve been wondering if pregnancy hormones will affect blood sugar levels, the answer is yes, says the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

The placenta is a flat, circular organ that links the unborn baby to the mother’s uterus during pregnancy. It produces several contrainsulin hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, prolacin and human placental lactogen. The production of these hormones, along with increased levels of cortisol, can affect your body’s sensitivity to insulin, whether it is produced by your body, injection or pump.

Although these hormones are essential to a healthy pregnancy, this hormonal “aggravation,” along with weight gain as your pregnancy progresses, can contribute to a rise in blood glucose levels, especially after the 18th week, says the ADA.

The best way to ensure your glucose levels are under control is to know where they’re at all times. The ADA recommends frequent self-glucose monitoring (up to eight times a day when you are pregnant) to help identify changes in blood glucose levels. This will help you and your diabetes health team make necessary changes for the best blood glucose control throughout your pregnancy.

Reprinted from 101 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy with Diabetes by Patti B. Geil and Laura B. Heironymus. Copyright by the American Diabetes Association.

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