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Published on: 15 Dec 2016 by liharris81

Pregnant? Test yourself for Gestational Diabetes

Who is at risk for Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational Diabetes is a problem associated with high blood sugar which develops in women who are pregnant and it disappears after giving birth. While diabetes may develop during all stages of a pregnancy, it is more common in the second half. Gestational diabetes occurs when the body is not able to produce the right level of insulin to meet the needs of a pregnant woman - which is a hormone that controls the level of blood sugar. Also, it may lead to problems for the baby during pregnancy or after birth. However, these risks may be reduced if it is detected in time and able to manage it.

Higher Gestational Diabetes risk is associated with the following characteristics:

  • Body mass index is over 30

  • Giving birth to a baby who was over 9.9 lbs

  • Individual suffered from gestational diabetes in previous pregnancies

  • One of siblings or parents suffers from diabetes

In the beginning, Gestational Diabetes will not cause any symptoms, which makes it difficult to detect. Most of the time, diabetes will only be detected after a test.  However, symptoms may develop if the blood sugar level is getting higher - such as tiredness, dry mouth, need to urinate often and too much thirst. Due to these symptoms being common during pregnancy it is hard to identify them as symptoms of Gestational Diabetes. This is why a simple testing can be so beneficial.

Most of the time, women who suffer from Gestational Diabetes will have healthy babies with normal pregnancy. However, the following are some of the problems that may be caused by diabetes.

  • The baby can be larger than normal babies and this causes problems that may lead to caesarian section or induced labor.  

  • The mother may have too much amniotic fluid; this may lead to premature labor or other problems during the delivery.

  • Other problems could be pre-eclampsia and premature birth.

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