Pregnancy is a boon and most (if not every) women would want to get pregnant at least once. Pregnancy has a lot of its own challenges, as the mother goes through a lot of emotional, physical and hormonal changes. A woman with a normal pregnancy is both excited and anxious. A lot of questions bog her mind like, “How would I cope with pregnancy? Will the labor and delivery be painful? My baby will be alright, won’t it?” Imagine the worry of a mother if she encounters some complication in her pregnancy!
Gestational Diabetes Debriefed!
If a pregnant woman gets high blood sugar during pregnancy, this condition is called “gestational diabetes”. As the pregnancy of a female progresses, she starts to produce more and more “insulin blocking hormones”. Insulin is a hormone that controls the sugar breakdown and makes sure its levels don’t spike. When insulin fails to perform its function, the blood sugar rises and results is gestational diabetes.
Who is at Risk?
Following risk factors increase the chance of a woman to encounter this condition during her pregnancy:
- Age greater than 35 years
- Family history of diabetes
- Previous delivery of a large baby
- Previous delivery of a baby with congenital defects
- History of abortion in late pregnancy
Some Symptoms to Remember!
If you experience some or most of the following symptoms during your pregnancy (especially late pregnancy), it may be a wise idea to consult a doctor as these symptoms may be due to gestational diabetes.
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Increased appetite
Can you have a healthy pregnancy with diabetes?
Although gestational diabetes can complicate pregnancy, it is not a rule! Many women are able to enjoy healthy pregnancy and fit babies. This requires extra effort and dedication on part of the mothers. If you get this condition, don’t panic! Instead take extra measures to control your blood sugar, follow recommended diet plan and be physically active; for the sake of yourself and your baby!