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Published on: 14 Dec 2016 by oclark8819

It is important to control Gestational Diabetes to avoid complications

Gestational Diabetes

During doctor’s appointment in the first few weeks of pregnancy, a doctor or a midwife will ask questions to determine if there is an increased risk for Gestational Diabetes. If there are one or more factors present for Gestational Diabetes, then screening for it will be requested. The test used is known as oral glucose tolerance test or OGTT and it takes at least 2 hours to get results.

Diagnosed with diabetes

When diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, it’s risks will be reduced when the blood sugar level is controlled. Upon verification, a blood sugar testing kit will be provided to monitor if the treatment is effective - blood sugar level will be reduced through exercising and changes in diet. However, some women may require medication - such as insulin injections or pills - in addition to exercising or dieting. As well, monitoring during pregnancy and while giving birth will be mandatory to make sure that there are no complications. If suffering from gestational diabetes, it is recommended to give birth early without waiting for the 41 week period. In those cases, the doctor may recommend a caesarean section or induction of labor.  

Diabetes after birth

After giving birth, gestational diabetes will disappear, but the risk of suffering diabetes in future pregnancies or suffer from type 2 diabetes afterwards is not uncommon. A test between 6 and 13 weeks after giving birth and then each year afterwards will be required to ensure that the test is negative. In the case of high blood sugar related symptoms such as increased thirst, going to the toilet often, and suffering from a dry mouth, doctor must be notified immediately. Individuals suffering from diabetes will not always show symptoms, and therefore, routine checks are required.

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