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When (on average) do women with gestational diabetes deliver??

I was officially diagnosed with gestational diabetes today & was told that we're looking at 5-7 more weeks until delivery. Well, I am only 29 weeks pregnant, so that would put me at 34-36 weeks gestation when my doctor predicts delivery. I also have hypertension & a heart-shaped uterus, so I understand each one has risks of early delivery, but for some reason AIMING at 34-36 seems early. Do women with gestational diabetes really deliver this early on average??


Asked by WannabeMommy87 at 10:50 PM on Aug. 19, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • GD can be managed with diet (did they give you that information?) and you can be monitored. Most women can go into labor just fine on their own with no augmentation needed. I'd be concerned about a doctor who aimed for an early induction before any signs of real trouble manifested. If at 34 weeks you are fine and baby is fine and things are managed why not keep going? If at 36 weeks its still the same, why not keep going? If something comes up then that would be the time to intervene, KWIM?


    Answer by amileegirl at 10:22 AM on Aug. 20, 2009

  • I've been diagnosed with GD during my last two pregnancies. The first time I was induced at 38 weeks but it had nothing to do with the GD. My daughter was only 6lbs. 12ozs. I'm currently 35 weeks pregnant and have GD and my doctor said he wants to induce me at 39 weeks. I've never heard of inducing as early as 34-36 weeks for GD.

    Answer by _Momof3_ at 11:40 PM on Aug. 19, 2009