Gestational Diabetes During Pregnancy

Gestational Diabetes During Pregnancy

Posted on 06. Feb, 2012 by in Conceiving, Doctor's Visits, Pregnancy Education

Gestational diabetes is a common occurrence that some women face during their pregnancy. About 4% of women develop gestational diabetes – diabetes that occurs only when you’re pregnant.

During your pregnancy, your body produces high amounts of hormones. It’s this increase in hormones such as estrogen, cortisol, and lactogen that may interfere with your body’s normal ability of using insulin to manage blood sugar (known as insulin resistance).

If your pancreas cannot handle all this extra insulin production and subsequent hormone increase, then you end up with gestational diabetes during your pregnancy. Gestational diabetes tends to only last during pregnancy, after you have delivered your body stops making an increased level of hormones and your pancreas goes back to dealing with normal levels just fine.

You could be prone to gestational diabetes if you’ve had any of the following:

*  High blood pressure prior to becoming pregnant

*  Have given birth to a larger baby before (9 lbs. or over)

*  Are overweight when becoming pregnant

*  Have a family history of diabetes

*  Have had gestational diabetes with any prior pregnancies

*  Are older than 30 years of age

*  Come from an ethnic background of: African, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Asian, or Native American.

Since gestational diabetes usually has no warning signs, all pregnant woman are tested for it between 24-28 weeks. If you test positive for having gestational diabetes, then you and your developing baby will be monitored very closely for any signs of trouble for the remainder of your pregnancy.

*  Always do research during your pregnancy and keep yourself educated on your changing body and developing baby.

*  Write down any changes you may be experiencing and go over them in-depth with your doctor.

*  For more information on gestational diabetes, or diabetes in general, you can visit the American Diabetes Association.

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About the author: Danielle is a freelance blogger and website content manager specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.

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