Gestational Diabetes

Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes: The pregnant women suffering from higher level of glucose in the blood are termed as having gestational diabetes. The presence of placenta during pregnancy is considered as the major cause of this kind of diabetes.

Main symptoms of gestational diabetes :

  • Urination:The person tends to urinate more often than required which is further caused by high level of glucose in the blood cells.
  • Quench for thirst:The women feel more thirsty than ever that ultimately results in frequent urination.
  • Hunger: The affected person feels more hungry because of the less availability of glucose in the blood cells.
  • Loss of weight:The person tends to lose weight as  proteins and fats break down  thereby reducing the energy level of the affected.
  • Fatigue:The person feels fatigue because of less energy.
  • Irritation:A person gets irritated and feels uncomfortable throughout the day.
  • Blurred vision:The things appear blurred because of the increase in the volume of blood.
These are some of the normally noticeable symptoms of gestational diabetes. The moment the person notices such symptoms, she must rush to seek the advice of the doctor.

But normally, it has been observed by the experts that there are no such symptoms noticed before. So one must get it checked in the due  course of the pregnancy so that appropriate measures be taken to control it. In order to diagnose the disease various tests are conducted. Some of them are as follows:

The most commonly performed test is oral glucose tolerance test. In this test, the woman has to drink 50g of glucose an hour before the test. Then, after an hour her blood glucose level will be checked so as to determine its presence in the body.

The woman also has to undergo  a three day long test. It is commonly known as 3 hour, 100g oral glucose test. During the test, the woman can eat anything for three days before the test, consuming at least 150g of carbohydrates every day. But the night before the test, she has to fast and the next morning she drinks a 100 g glucose solution and undergoes various other tests.

In case the result  comes positive, then the pregnant woman must follow a particular diet as suggested by the dietitian and must take good care of herself  and by getting  herself checked regularly she can control the disease.
Therefore the pregnant woman must be very careful during the stage of pregnancy and must take proper consultation of the experts.