Gestational Diabetes : A Condition

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In the 24-28th week of pregnancy some women develop a condition called gestational diabetes. No pregnant woman should eat anything she wants during pregnancy, but this is especially true for the gestational diabetic. There can be many complications if blood sugars are not managed during the pregnancy. If diagnosed with gestational diabetes, it does not mean you had diabetes before you were pregnant, though the doctor may check in a couple months after the baby is born to be sure you are not a type 2 diabetic.

What is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is a condition that pregnant women develop during their pregnancy that can affect the baby and mother’s health. The pancreas of the pregnant woman cannot fuction properly to
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Though, the symptoms, if felt of high blood sugar include:
• Thirsty
• Extremely tired
• Blurred vision
• Urinating often
• Losing weight
• Urinary tract infections or other bodily infections
• Nausea and Vomiting

When to see a doctor
Starting in the beginning of pregnancy, you should go see a doctor. The doctor will evaluate your risk for gestational diabetes. If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, there may be extra check-up visits to the doctor than someone who does not have gestational diabetes, because of possible complications.

Complications of Gestational Diabetes to the Infant
There are many negative affects of gestational diabetes to the unborn child. Inside the womb, the baby’s body is formed, usually before the diagnosis of gestational diabetes. Therefore, birth defects are not caused by gestational diabetes.

Most babies of gestational diabetic mothers are healthy, but if untreated, gestational diabetes can lead to:

- Preterm birth- If the mother has uncontrolled blood sugars, or the infant is measuring too big, the doctor may have to deliver the baby early for the safety
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