Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a fairly common complication of pregnancy, occurring in approximately 5% of mothers to be in the USA.

This type of diabetes often doesn't come with any symptoms and that's why most women are given a test for it during pregnancy.

It also presents a health challenge for the mother and the fetus. The fetus may also be affected by the high sugar levels and be born with lasting effects of high blood sugar damage. Some tests indicate a higher incidence of ADHD in children born under these conditions and some mothers remain diabetic after pregnancy.

The first consideration is diet and if a mother to be has a high blood sugar level, it may be an indication that diet should be changed because a predisposition to diabetes was likely before the pregnancy.

Another risk factor is poverty. People in poor areas have inadequate diet, so are more likely to develop many health problems, including diabetes.

Gestational diabetes usually disappears after pregnancy but women who have it during pregnancy have over a 50% chance of developing diabetes later on.

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Gestational Diabetes is Still Diabetes Regarding Treatment

No matter what type of diabetes you are talking about, it still comes back to diet. Pregnancy is a sort of trigger for a situation that is ready to happen.

Eating properly with some exercise can eliminate this type of diabetes for many women. Some education is what's needed instead of just prescribing diabetes medications that may also end up harming the fetus. Also, the mother, doing her best to keep blood sugar levels normal increases the chances manyfold for a healthy, normal baby.

Here's an article from WebMD about the diet connection to diabetes. 

Pregnancy also puts a much higher load on the mother's body and her pancreas needs to produce 2-3 times as much insulin to control blood sugar levels.

Sometimes this extra load is too much, especially if the mother to be doesn't have an optimal diet, and then diabetes develops.

Factors that increase your chances for gestational diabetes.

  • Overweight before pregnancy
  • You have prediabetes
  • Someone in immediate family with diabetes
  • Over 25 years old
  • You have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
  • Quick weigh gain during pregnancy
  • African-American, American Indian, Hispanic have a higher predisposition

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A study published in Diabetologia revealed that type 2  and type 1 diabetes  are linked with higher risk of complications during pregnancy including stillbirths, emergency Caesarean sections and increasing the risk of infant mortality.

The research was conducted by Dr Sharon Mackin and funded by the Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity Research Fund at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK with Dr Robert Lindsay, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK.

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