I’m having a lot of lows and highs that I can’t control. I just had a baby a little over 6 weeks ago and am wondering if that could be reason.
The blood sugar fluctuations you are experiencing aren’t at all uncommon.
Many new mothers experience blood glucose fluctuations. Your hormones could be all over the place, you’ve just finished the hardest work a human can do—give birth—and you’re probably incredibly busy caring for your newborn. These events can stand in the way of you reestablishing manageable or acceptable blood sugar levels.
I would check in with your healthcare professional. If you cannot find the time to schedule a visit, set up a phone call to go over your fluctuating blood sugars. Since they have your pre pregnancy and pregnancy blood sugar history, the post pregnancy numbers you share with your medical team will help them help you strategize in maintaining your target blood sugar range. They have seen these types of postpartum blood sugars with new mothers with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. They are sure to have some helpful tips.
Possible Reasons for Fluctuating Blood Sugars?
The stress of being a new mother can cause the release of cortisol, a hormone that can raise your blood sugar.
If you are breastfeeding, that can have an effect on your blood sugar levels. Women with diabetes can experience lows after breastfeeding. Keep your glucose meter, insulin and glucose tabs within arms reach in case you need to test and treat yourself . Test and monitor your blood sugar frequently.
The stress of having a newborn coupled with sleep deprivation can affect your ability to treat a high or low. Healthcare professionals usually recommend that you nap when your baby is sleeping or when someone can watch over your infant while you recharge. Review your blood sugar log to look for patterns that will help in anticipating a high or low blood sugar before or after sleeping, eating and or breastfeeding.
Discuss moderate exercise with your healthcare professional. It can help restore balance to your numbers. Even a short walk with your baby can help bring them down.
The main thing to keep in mind is that with time your blood sugar numbers should start returning to your normal range, the one you had before pregnancy and childbirth. You have achieved this before. Remind yourself with the care of your healthcare professional team, you will get there.
If you don’t already have one, get a continuous glucose monitor. Seeing your trending blood sugars on the CGM will help you adjust your glucose and insulin depending on which direction it’s heading.
Get peer support. A great organization that I love is Diabetes Sisters. You can join a local pod near you or start your own support group which they refer to as pods.
I hope this helps you feel better.
Nadia’s feedback on your question is in no way intended to initiate or replace your healthcare professional’s therapy or advice. Please check in with your medical team to discuss your diabetes management concerns.
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