Signs of gestational diabetes may be subtle and can easily be overlooked
or viewed as normal happenings during a pregnancy. However, gestational
diabetes, when left untreated, can lead to very serious complications
for both mom and baby. Learn what to look for and what to do if you
notice the signs.
Because there are so many changes happening to a woman’s body during pregnancy it is easy to pass off signs of gestational diabetes as "normal". It is important to alert your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms.
Gestational diabetes affects approximately 1 in 25 pregnant women and is most common in the third trimester. Your risk may be increased if you are overweight or over the age of 30 when you conceive. You do not have to have a past history of diabetes to have gestational diabetes during your pregnancy.
Your Next Step
If you notice the signs of gestational diabetes see your doctor who will run a Glucose Tolerance Test. This is a simple test in which the doctor will ask you to drink a sugary tasting drink, wait for a specific amount of time and then take a blood sample.
The purpose of the test is to see how fast your body moves the glucose from the sugary drink out of your blood.
"In those that are struggling with gestational diabetes, the glucose amount in the blood remains very high. This is a sign that your body is unable to use its normally produced insulin and the glucose remains in the blood too long. If this were to remain high for an extended period of time, your body would enter a state of shock that is dangerous to both you and your baby."
If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes your doctor will share advice on weight management, diet and exercise, which is often enough to manage the disorder. However some women may need to supplement their body with additional insulin.
It is important to be under a doctor’s care during your pregnancy and your doctor will likely screen you for the disease during your second or third trimester. Share any signs of gestational diabetes that you notice to aid your doctor in providing proper and early treatment.