What is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational Diabetes is the Diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and which usually goes away after the baby is born. 10% of all pregnant women get Gestational Diabetes. A blood test is the only way to know whether or not, you have Gestational Diabetes. The usual blood test used for detecting Gestational Diabetes is the Glucose Tolerance Curve, which every expecting mother should take between weeks 26 and 28 of pregnancy, when the baby is already formed.
Therefore, all pregnant women should get this test. Women who have Diabetes in their families are more likely to get Gestational Diabetes. Some factors include:
- Being overweight.
- Previously having Gestational Diabetes.
- Having had a baby who died before birth (premature death).
- Having had a baby who weighed more than 4 kg (9 lbs) at birth.
- Being over 25 years old.
Your blood sugar rises when:
- The food you choose to eat rapidly becomes into glucose.
- All the glucose that comes from your meals, isn’t being used by your cells and becomes increasingly concentrated in your blood.
- Your body doesn’t make enough insulin (insulin is a hormone that keeps your blood sugar levels within normal range).
Being concerned about getting Gestational Diabetes is completely normal. In Diabetes Up to Date, we offer you the information that will teach you what you need to know and what to do to get the best results during your pregnancy. First of all, you must decide to be part of a team of specialists who will help keep your pregnancy under control. You are the most important person on the team and your task within, will be to ask questions, and make sure that you understand what your team is asking you to do, and telling them what you need and what worries you. Your family and friends can also help.