What you should know about pregnancy and gestational diabetes?

During pregnancy, your doctor would have probably told you to get diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Though the analysis might feel devastating at first, it turns out to be more common during pregnancy due to complications associated with diabetes. Considering to monitor and treat carefully can benefit in a safe and healthier pregnancy.

Why do you develop gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes occurs in women who are pregnant and have never had diabetes before developing an impaired ability to process glucose resulting in high blood sugar. The risk of gestational diabetes is higher for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

High blood glucose level related with gestational diabetes can lead to problems including:

•    High birth weight or oversized baby
•    Birth after a short pregnancy
•    Respiratory issues at birth
•    Low blood sugar
•    Jaundice

What are the risk factors for gestational diabetes?

A lot of women who develop gestational diabetes have no risk factors, however, in others, risk factors may include:

•    Obese or being overweight
•    Having type 2 diabetes with a family history
•    Age 25 or older
•    Multiple gestation
•    Gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy
•    High blood pressure
•    Unhealthy cholesterol
•    Not enough physical activity

How to reduce and manage gestational diabetes?

Alterations in the lifestyle and medication can help in treating gestational diabetes. Good prenatal care is important for all pregnant mothers and especially it is more important for women who carry the risk factors of gestational diabetes. Managing gestational diabetes may involve:

•    Changes in your diet
•    Regular exercise
•    Insulin
•    Glyburide (an oral medication)
•    Glucose check throughout the day at home
•    Additional tests to see how your baby is developing

A carefully balanced diet — with or without medication — can luckily help in managing blood sugar levels and prevent complications, whereas a proper prenatal care can help in achieving a healthy pregnancy. Call +91 44 4551 2223 | 4358 9999 and get in touch with GBR Clinic – Fertility Centre to take control of your health for creating the healthiest, happiest lives possible for you and your baby.

Dr. G Buvaneswari,
MBBS, DGO, DNB (OG), Dip. ALS (Germany), AMRCOG (UK),
Medical Director – GBR Clinic – Fertility Centre

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