Gestational Diabetes - Summary
When my sibling told me she had gestational diabetes it was the first I needed ever heard of this medical condition. I was really concerned for her health insurance and what could happen to her unborn baby. I did a little research and found out that is was really pretty common in pregnant women and normally disappears after the baby is born.
When I mentioned to colleagues and friends that my sibling had gestational diabetes I was surprised by how many people told me they also had suffered with this condition. Most of the people I spoke with seemed to have controlled it with a change of diet. My sibling had not been that lucky. She had to monitor her blood sugar and give themselves blood insulin shots.
Gestational diabetes is the most common complication during pregnancy, which affects 2-3 percent of pregnant women. When you eat food, your body converts it to glucose and it enters your bloodstream. Your pancreas releases blood insulin to help convert the glucose into fuel for your body. Which is known as high blood sugar and is referred to as Diabetes if your body cannot produce enough insulin to convert the glucose into energy the glucose remains in the bloodstream. Once the baby is born Gestational diabetes unlike normal diabetes is just for the period of time you are pregnant and disappears.
With a healthy exercise and diet gestational diabetes can normally be controlled. On the rare occasion you may have to administer blood insulin shots. My sibling had fun during her pregnancy testing her blood sugar regularly and giving themselves blood insulin shots. Right at the end of the pregnancy she was tired of the shots and was extremely happy when the doctor told her she could stop with the shots after her daughter was born.
My sibling just had her second child and again dealt with gestational diabetes during her pregnancy. Once you've experienced gestational diabetes with one pregnancy you are more likely to endure it again during your next pregnancy normally.
There are some factors that can make you more at risk for gestational diabetes, which include:
- Family history of Type 2 diabetes
- Gestational diabetes in a previous background
The risk of getting gestational diabetes also increases as you get older. If the preliminary test is positive then a Glucose Tolerance test will probably be done, during pregnancy you will be tested at about 26-28 weeks and. If you are at greater risk to get gestational diabetes you will often be tested earlier in your pregnancy.
Read more in my gestational diabetes diet article.
Many people have normal births without complications with gestational diabetes. There are a few extra monitoring and tests that are done depending on the severity of the gestational diabetes. Some women will have a caesarean section because having high blood sugar can cause the baby to grow too big for a normal delivery.
After having a baby the gestational diabetes normally disappears. Your blood sugar will be tested on the occasion to make sure everything is back to normal. Your newborn will also be checked as some babies can be born with low blood sugar.
Good diet and a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your chances of getting Gestational diabetes so when you are hoping to get pregnant be sure to take extra care of yourself for the sake of your own health insurance and the health of your baby.