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.
January 2, 2001
Question from Denver, Colorado, USA:
I am 29 years old and 34 weeks pregnant with my first baby. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 29 weeks, controlled with diet right now. My doctor mentioned that gestational diabetes increases the risk of a still-born baby, hence the need to do non-stress tests starting at 36 weeks. Why is the risk higher?
Women with gestational diabetes controlled by diet alone probably do not have an increased risk of still-born babies. If insulin is required, then the risk is increased. However, doing the non-stress testing is not harmful and does have benefits in being reassured about the fetus. If your physician feels it is important, then I would not disagree.