Hypoglycaemia or low blood sugar is an issue with pregnant women who are diabetic. It is unusual for pregnant women without diabetes. As the mechanism of insulin secretion and blood sugar maintenance is very efficient in normal women, so hypoglycemia is not a problem. On the contrary, pregnancy hormones are diabetogenic i.e. they keep the sugar levels on the higher side. But the women who have pre-existing diabetes, are prediabetic or have gestational diabetes can get hypoglycemia. So if you have any episode of hypoglycemia, take it seriously and get yourself investigated. It can have serious consequences both for mother and baby.
Symptoms associated with hypoglycemia or low blood sugar:
It is defined as a situation when the blood sugar level is below 70mg/dl.
If it occurs during sleep, it can cause nightmares, sweat on clothes or body, feeling tired or irritable on waking, seizures during sleep.
The patient is not able to control and assistance is needed. You may feel confusion, lack of coordination, seizures, panic, the feeling of doom, loss of consciousness, coma and even death can occur.
Pregnant women who are taking insulin or hypoglycemic drug ( glyburide) are at increased risk. Both high and low blood sugar are harmful to pregnant women.
Prevention of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar:
If you are diabetic, you should take precautions like
Treatment of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar: