Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
July 23, 2001
Question from Los Angeles, California, USA:
I am 38 years old, seven months pregnant, and I have gestational diabetes for the fourth time (all of my pregnancies). During my first three pregnancies, I controlled the diabetes with diet and exercise, but now I am taking insulin before dinner and before bed as my morning fasting numbers were uncontrollable this time by diet alone. My concern is that when I get my shot of insulin I feel strong contractions. My doctor is now very concerned about early delivery as there are other signs of my going into early labor. It is so much so that I am on bed rest and threatened with a hospital stay. Is there any correlation between insulin and premature labor or cervix dilation or strong contractions (Braxton Hicks or normal ones)?
I have never heard of a relationship between insulin shots and contractions. As long as your cervix is not changing, then the contractions, despite being strong, are not causing any problems. However, you will need close follow-up.