Gestational diabetes basically refers to a condition wherein a pregnant woman experiences an imbalance in blood sugar levels indicating the signs of diabetes in women without diabetes. There are no predominant symptoms or signs of the condition but it can increase the risk of preeclampsia, depression and a need for a C-section delivery.
HOW IS GESTATIONAL DIABETES DIAGNOSED?
A gynecologist uses the following to tests to diagnose gestational diabetes:
1. Initial Glucose Challenge test
2. Follow up Glucose Tolerance test
HOW IS GESTATIONAL DIABETES TREATED?
The treatment is as follows:
1. Healthy diet
3. Medication such as insulin injections
4. Close monitoring of the baby
DID YOU KNOW?
A person is more at risk of getting gestational diabetes if:
• You were overweight before you got pregnant.
• You are African-American, Asian, Hispanic, or Native American.
• Your blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to be diabetes.
• Diabetes runs in your family.
• You've had gestational diabetes before.