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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

95 mg/dL or less

140 mg/dL or less

Note: If you have gestational diabetes, you may experience weakness, sweating, and hunger if your blood sugar level drops below 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 Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Alan C. Dalkin, MD - Endocrinology
Last Revised November 3, 2011

Last Revised: November 3, 2011

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