Diabetes that develops for the first time during pregnancy is known as gestational diabetes. Diabetes is a disease characterised by high blood sugar levels. It can cause maternal problems including difficult delivery and preterm labour and birth, as well as foetal problems like poor health at birth. Most women with gestational diabetes who receive treatment have healthy pregnancies.
Why Do Women Get This Disease?
The demand for insulin, a hormone that reduces blood sugar levels, increases during pregnancy. When a woman’s body can’t produce enough insulin to meet this need, she develops gestational diabetes.
A number of factors increase a woman’s risk of this disease, including:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome or prediabetes
- Family history of diabetes
- History of gestational diabetes
- Asian American, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or African American heritage
- Previous baby weighed more than 9 pounds
Gestational Diabetes Symptoms
Most women who have this diabetes have no noticeable symptoms.
- Constantly thirsty
- Pain in the abdomen
- Constant fatigue
- Frequent bladder infections
Gestational Diabetes Treatment at Smart Hospital
Treating it increases the chances of a healthy baby, mother, and birth by helping avoid complications. The goal of treatment is to keep the mother’s blood sugar within normal levels.
Some women can achieve normal blood sugar levels by increasing their activity and watching what they eat. Health care providers, including nutritionists, diabetes educators, nurses, and doctors, help pregnant women design healthy eating plans to control sugar levels. Get in touch with the experts at the Smart Hospital today!
To keep their blood sugar levels under control, some women use oral medication. If you need insulin injections, your doctor will show you how to assess your blood sugar levels and administer needles to yourself.
After birth, this disease disappears, although it raises the risk of diabetes later in life. Regular diabetes screening may be recommended by your doctor.
Increase your physical activity and lose excess weight before becoming pregnant to help prevent gestational diabetes. Regular exercise and a healthy weight assist your body in regulating blood sugar levels and insulin utilization.