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What is gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a condition when there is a high blood glucose level during pregnancy. This happens because the placenta produces hormones making your cells resistant to insulin. Sometimes even the extra insulin produced by the pancreas is not enough, resulting in excess glucose in your blood, however these usually return to normal after childbirth

Possible Causes: 

If you do not have diabetes before pregnancy, but your blood sugar level is high during pregnancy, then you have gestational diabetes. The placenta produces hormones to sustain your pregnancy.

Gestational diabetes causes are linked to these hormones, as they could cause your cells to become insulin-resistant and your blood sugar level could increase.

Risk Factors:

There are certain factors that increase the risk of gestational diabetes:

  • Age: women older than 25 years are at a higher risk.
  • Hereditary.
  • Personal history: you are at a higher risk if you had gestational diabetes during a previous pregnancy.
  • Weight: women who are overweight before pregnancy are at a higher risk.

Signs & Symptoms:

Gestational diabetes may have mild symptoms, such as excessive thirst or frequent urination. Some women don’t have any gestational diabetes signs at all, although the condition is present.

Diagnosis:

Pregnant women are usually advised to take a blood test between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy to check for gestational diabetes. A gestational diabetes diagnosis is based on the results of this and other blood tests.

At Medcare, you can have these tests done conveniently, and consult the diabetes specialist as well as your gynaecologist to discuss the line of treatment.

Treatment Options:

The diabetes specialist at Medcare Endocrinology clinic will outline the right gestational diabetes treatment for you. You may be able to manage your gestational diabetes with changes in your diet and an exercise routine. If your doctor feels that medication is necessary, you may be prescribed insulin.

FAQs: الأسئلة الشائعة:
  • I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, will this harm my baby?

    A: With the right care, your baby will not be harmed due to your condition. Gestational diabetes affects women at a later stage of pregnancy, when the baby’s body has been formed, so it is not linked to birth defects. Make sure that you monitor your blood sugar level and follow all instructions given by your doctor to manage diabetes correctly.

  • How can I manage my gestational diabetes with diet and exercise?

    A: It is important to eat healthy food, and the quantity and timing is also very important to ensure your blood sugar levels stay within control.

    Physical activity can help you to control your diabetes, and also remain healthy throughout your pregnancy. Check with your doctor and select a fitness program that is safe for you.

  • Will I need to monitor my diabetes after my baby is born?

    A: If you have gestational diabetes, then you need to check your blood sugar level within 12 weeks after your delivery. If your blood sugar is high, you may need to be treated by a diabetes specialist. Even if it is normal, you should check it
    regularly.

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