It is estimated that over nine percent of pregnant women obtain gestational diabetes during the later stages of their pregnancy. This type of diabetes occurs in women that have no previous history of diabetes and dissipates after delivery. However, if not controlled, it can be harmful to the baby, which is why it is so important to know how to detect and cope with this possible pregnancy complication.
Gestational diabetes can impact the health of your child by exposing them to excess glucose during their final stages of development. This can affect their growth, pancreas and fat percentage, which can all have impacts on their health. They also may be more prone to type 2 diabetes and other health concerns as they grow up.
Testing and Treatment
The major issue with gestational diabetes is there are no symptoms. You can have gestational diabetes and never know, but the harm can be done to your child. It is recommended that you are tested for this condition after your 24th week of pregnancy. Most OB/GYN clinics offer testing to help identify the problem so expecting mothers can make appropriate changes in their lifestyle to protect their child.
If you are found to have gestational diabetes, this means you have too much glucose in your blood. You are not making enough insulin, or it is not working efficiently. Treatment includes monitoring your glucose and using appropriate measure to maintain a healthy glucose level. You may need to test your glucose throughout the day. Changes in your diet and exercise routines will be recommended by your doctor, and some women need insulin injections to control their glucose levels.
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Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.
699 Church Street #220
Marietta, GA 30060