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.
September 30, 2002
Diagnosis and Symptoms, Pills for Diabetes
Question from San Diego, California USA:
I have a strong family history of diabetes, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 17 weeks into my pregnancy, and I fear I may have type 2 diabetes that after I give birth. I am currently taking glyburide [a pill for type 2 diabetes] and restricting carbohydrate consumption, and I do not want to take insulin injections. If I continue to have high blood sugars after giving birth, which oral medications are safe to take while breastfeeding?
Most likely the glucose intolerance (gestational diabetes) you are experiencing now will not persist after delivery. However, you may be at risk for developing diabetes later in life. This risk can be reduced with proper diet and weight control.
In general, oral hypoglycemic agents are not recommended while breast feeding due to the potential risk of hypoglycemia in the baby. Your doctor will check your blood sugar level after delivery and will determine the need for treatment.