Understanding the Facts of Gestational Diabetes
by Pauline Go
Thereafter, she will be given a sugar laced drink and once again her blood sugar level
will be checked after a period of 2 hours. If the blood sugar level is more than
140mg/dl, the diagnosis will be gestational diabetes.

This form of diabetes tends to manifest in obese women who are more than 25
years of age when they get pregnant. These women are more likely to get this form
of diabetes if there is a family history of diabetes, had the same problem with earlier
pregnancies or if there is too much amniotic fluid present.

While the woman is pregnant, if she experiences unusual thirst, hunger, weight gain
or high blood pressure, then it can be a sign of gestational diabetes. Other signs of
the disease are frequent urination or vaginal infections.

Pregnant women who have this disorder are put on a balanced diet without sugar. In
addition, they have to exercise 3 to 4 times in a week to get rid of the excess weight
they are carrying. Also, their diet will consist more of vegetables and fruits along with
poultry and fish. Women have to achieve normal pregnancy weight during the course
of their pregnancy in order to control the disease.

If gestational diabetes is not treated or controlled, it can be dangerous for the baby.
The baby can get jaundice, respiratory distress syndrome, die after 28 weeks of
pregnancy or die after birth as it will suffer from hypoglycemia after birth.


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As the name suggests, gestational
diabetes occurs just in pregnant
women. This type of diabetes occurs
due to some problem in the placenta.
As a result, the pancreas does not
produce sufficient insulin which causes
the blood sugar levels to increase
more than normal.

Usually this form of diabetes is
diagnosed during 24 to 28 weeks of
pregnancy. When the woman is being
checked for gestational diabetes, she
will be informed not to eat anything
for 4 to 8 hours prior to the test.
Then her blood sugar level is checked.
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