What are the Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes only occurs during pregnancy usually between the second and third trimesters. Most women never show signs or symptoms of gestational diabetes, however when they do occur it is usually in the form of increased urination and excessive thirst.
Gestational diabetes is the result of increased levels of estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy. Whilst this type of diabetes disappears immediately after delivery it does increase the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes later in life. It is said that about 50% of woman who experienced gestational diabetes during pregnancy will develop type 2 diabetes.
So what are the risk factors associated with gestational diabetes
We know that whilst it is possible for any woman to develop gestational diabetes, there are factors that will increase the risk, these include:
Being over the age of 25
Being overweight prior to pregnancy
A family history of gestational diabetes
Previous gestational diabetes in pregnancy
Delivering a baby more than 9 pounds in weight
Screening for gestational diabetes is a routine part of prenatal care in some places. This is usually done between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy with most doctors recommending a glucose challenge test. If your doctor beleives you may be at risk this test can be done earlier.
Treatment of Gestaional Diabetes
In most cases it is possible to control your blood glucose through diet and exercise, although in some cases insulin may be required. If in doubt always seek the advice of your doctor.
Overcoming Gestational Diabetes
If you have developed or are concerned about developing gestational diabetes and have questions then you simply must grab a copy of "Overcoming Gestational Diabetes" written by Dianne Bell.
This Guide Will Give You the Information You Need to Understand Gestational Diabetes &, If You Are Diagnosed, To Manage It Properly.
For Your Own Health & That of Your Unborn Baby Who is Relying on You to Provide That Safe Environment in Which to Grow!