Pregnant with a level in the 30s

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   Posted 6/27/2007 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering what this means. I called my OB today and asked for some test results and she told me that my glucose level on my last blood test was 33 or 37 I didn't hear that last number well cause the kids were making noise. I told her that explains that faint, nauseous, shaky feeling I get sometimes...even before I was pregnant. I always hated complaining about it cause I thought it was all in my head cause I have felt it for so long. All she told me was that if I feel like that again with a headache to call her. I'll get more tests done on my next appt on july 12, so I hope to get to the bottom of it.
Anyway, just wondering what to expect when suffering from hypoglycemia. So far I have been feeling just over all weakness, along with the shaky, hungry (yet nauseous) feeling. It almost feels like a panic attack, but doesn't go away.
Any help is appreciated.

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   Posted 6/27/2007 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Kim, congratulations on expecting a baby!  I would imagine the shaky feeling is from the low blood sugar.  Normally, a person would drink some orange juice or take something with sugar to bring the blood sugar higher.  Low blood sugar can make you disoriented, or you might be in danger of passing out and in your condition especially that would be very dangerous.  I think you should call your doctor's office before it happens again and ask if you should be ready to drink the orange juice if you start feeling shaky.  Maybe they would suggest that you test your blood sugar yourself, so you would know beforehand if you're getting too low.  In any case, I believe the doctor or nurse should give you some preventative instruction, so I'd call them tomorrow if I were you.  Good luck and let us know here what's going on.  Take care,
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   Posted 6/28/2007 6:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I think you definately need to talk to your doctor more about this and maybe even see another doctor for another opinion. For me, since I am on insulin, getting that low wouldn't be far from passing out. I don't feel that just telling you to call if it happens again with a headache is doing enough. I am not very educated in hypoglycemia in people who are not on insulin, but I think you should definately be getting more info than that. You may need an eating plan to prevent the lows as well as a plan for if they happen. Since you are pregnant those things would be even more important. Congratulations on becoming a mommy. There is nothing in this world that beats being a parent.
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   Posted 6/28/2007 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Just my 2 cents here...Before you call the doc, get something to eat! Milk is good. A fast carb because of the milk sugars and protein to keep them up. OJ is fine but won't last long. Cheese is good for hypo folks to snack on also but in an emergency you need to get it up faster and any more milk is the beverage of choice.

Also, I would be concerned about how that low is affecting baby. I agree with above...get into the doc BEFORE it happens again. That baby needs nourishment and when your blood is lacking in sugars he/she can't get any. That also may be why you're getting so low. Baby is taking what he/she wants and you're left without.

Anyway, keep us posted and congratulations of being a mommy soon.

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   Posted 6/28/2007 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for all your replies. This is my 3rd and final pregnancy, and I never ever had problems or any sort with either of the other 2 but this time around it's just one thing after another. I'm only 13 weeks into it too.
I still felt really crummy last night, and I just kept sipping apple juice and I'd feel a little better but it was only temporary. I was scared and even thinking about going to the er. But I felt a little better and finally went to bed. There have been times that I really thought I was going to pass out but I didn't think that I actually could till I started reading up on it. I didn't even think that my levels could dip so low. I joked to my hubby that I think it's time I teach my 4 yr old how to dial 911. Can you imagine the prank calls??LOL
I am calling my gastro. for some lab results and see if my glucose was low on that test too. Then I'll give my OB a call and ask about the effects on the baby. If it was a little low, I'd be ok but 30-something is pretty low. Today I just have a headache that won't go away. ughgh
Thanks again and I'll keep you posted.

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   Posted 6/28/2007 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
The fact that you couldn't get the feeling to stop and you are pregnant has me very concerned. I'm not a doctor, but I certainly think a trip to the er under those circumstances is not unreasonable. The headache might be from the low. I get them after a low.
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   Posted 6/29/2007 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kim... being in the 30's is way too low - for anyone. This should be cause for concern, especially with being pregnant (Congrats, BTW! :-)

You may just want to get yourself a home testing kit so you can test your own blood sugars. The symptoms you describe certainly sound like hypoglycemia but, without testing you don't know.

Suffice it to say, if it were me, I'd be knocking on my doctor's door sooner than later and wanting to get to the bottom of it all. My main concern would be for how this might be affecting the baby. Call your doc, Kim.

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