Gestational Diabetes

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes means that high blood sugar is found in an expectant mother beginning around the 24th week of pregnancy. Often, there are no symptoms and gestational diabetes is diagnosed through a routine blood test.

Some pregnant women, however, have symptoms which can include blurred vision, fatigue, frequent infections, increased thirst, increased urination, nausea and vomiting (not ordinary morning sickness of pregnancy) and weight loss even though their appetite is increased. This condition can happen even though the expectant mother did not have diabetes before pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is caused when pregnancy hormones block insulin from controlling blood sugar leading to an overweight baby. Untreated gestational diabetes can cause problems for both the mother and baby.

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