What are the target blood glucose levels for pregnant women with diabetes?

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Even if you have kept your blood sugar in good control before you get pregnant, it can be harder to keep control during pregnancy. But it's important to do your best! The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says you should try to keep your blood sugar above 70 mg/dL and below these levels:
  • Before meals: 95 mg/dL or lower
  • 1 hour after eating: 130 mg/dL or lower
  • 2 hours after eating: 120 mg/dL or lower
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Typical blood glucose levels for pregnant women with diabetes are: Fasting 60-99 mg/dl, after meals 100-129 mg/dl.

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