Managing Your Gestational Diabetes Effectively
There are different types and forms of diabetes, but you may not have considered gestational diabetes, which happens while you are pregnant. With everything else that you need to worry about during a pregnancy, this is one test that could fall through the cracks without a thought. However, if your doctor diagnoses you with this, your first concern is going to be how it will affect your baby and your pregnancy, and the second is going to be learning what you need to do to manage it and stay healthy.
One of the most important things to know is that this is something that you can keep under control and there is an excellent possibility that everything will return to normal once your baby is born. Gestational diabetes affects the body in almost the same way as other diabetes, where it affects your blood sugar, or glucose, level and how glucose is used by your body. Once you are diagnosed, it is important to make sure that you are eating healthy foods and getting plenty of exercise right up to the end. If your doctors feel that you should also be taking medication, be sure to follow the instructions.
As for the symptoms of gestational diabetes, it is very hard to detect without a doctor. It is possible that you may find yourself drinking more than usual or urinating more as well, but when you are pregnant these things seem to come with the territory anyway. Early detection is best and if you are considering getting pregnant you should let your doctor know if diabetes runs in your family. Your doctor will keep a close eye on you and administer tests to see if you are at risk from the very beginning. They will perform regular testing during your pregnancy as a precaution. This will protect you and baby during your pregnancy and after.
There are no known set factors as to what causes gestational diabetes. There are risk factors that one can take into consideration to determine if they may be a candidate. These include being over the age of 25, a family history of diabetes – if there has been gestational diabetes with other members or even type 2 diabetes, or if you are overweight from the beginning of your pregnancy. Some races are more susceptible to gestational diabetes, as well. Your doctor will take all of these risk factors into account.
Naturally, it is important to be cautious if you are diagnosed in order to prevent further risk to your baby. Complications that could arise are: your baby being overweight before birth, early delivery, the baby having low blood sugar and being born with hypoglycemia, jaundice, and a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes when they are older. The mother may have high blood pressure and be at a high risk for developing diabetes in the future.
In order to try and prevent gestational diabetes from the beginning, start exercising, eating healthy foods, and if you are overweight try to lose the extra pounds before you get pregnant. All of these methods combined can help to lower your risk and help with a healthy and happy pregnancy and delivery.
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