Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes – Diabetes during Pregnancy

When a woman becomes pregnant, she must take care of herself more than anything else, since she is the bearer of a child in her womb. Diabetes, during pregnancy is called as Gestational diabetes.

Pregnant women with diabetes must be careful about their health, as any deterioration in their condition may have an adverse effect on the baby.

Why does Gestational diabetes occur?
There are certain hormones which are secreted during pregnancy. These hormones are secreted for the development of the placenta. These hormones interfere with the insulin in the mother’s body and may build up resistance to insulin. During the pregnancy period, a mother may require up to three times more insulin than was normally required. As a result, blood sugar levels are likely to go up.

The glucose level in the blood then triggers complications of other kind and the baby in the womb also becomes a victim of some of these complications. The affects of it are visible after the birth of the baby. The baby may very soon become a victim of juvenile diabetes or type I diabetes. If not, he or she may have weakness of eye sight, slow growth of brain and other malfunctions.

What should pregnant women with diabetes do?
During pregnancy, a woman needs regular assistance of a doctor and regular tests of different kinds to monitor diabetes. This is done for the better health of the mother and child. If the pregnant woman has diabetes symptoms, the doctor will advice her diet and some medications to control it. The diet, mild exercise program so advised, must be followed by the woman strictly if she wants her baby to be healthy and disease free.