Gestational diabetes is a condition which causes high blood sugar that can affect the mother’s pregnancy and her baby’s health.
If a woman has gestational diabetes, her baby may be at increased risk of:
Gestational diabetes usually develops in the middle of pregnancy. It usually does not have signs or symptoms, although some women may experience increased thirst and more frequent urination. The blood sugar levels of women with gestational diabetes usually normalize after delivery. Women who have gestational diabetes are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. As such, they need to monitor their blood sugar levels more frequently.
Women should consult their doctor as early as when they first plan to get pregnant. This will allow the doctor to assess a woman’s risk of gestational diabetes and check her overall health. Women should continue to go for regular prenatal care once they become pregnant. Women who develop gestational diabetes may need more frequent checkups.
Consult your doctor about the optimal management of gestational diabetes.
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References: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gestational-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20355339#:~:text=Gestational%20diabetes%20is%20diabetes%20diagnosed,pregnancy%20and%20your%20baby's%20health. Accessed 28 March 2021 https://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/diabetes-gestational.html. Accessed 28 March 2021
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