21 April, 2018

Know more about Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is diagnosed during pregnancy and can cause blood sugar levels to become too high. When glucose enters our bloodstream, our cells use it as fuel. Insulin and other cells help absorb glucose from your blood. During pregnancy, a woman’s body naturally becomes more resistant to insulin, so that more glucose is available to nourish her baby.

For most women, it isn’t a problem unless her pancreas can’t keep up with increased demand for insulin and lead to blood sugar levels to rise too high. This leads to gestational diabetes, which needs to be recognized and treated quickly to avoid health complications.

Women at Risk for Developing Gestational Diabetes

Anyone can develop gestational diabetes, and not all those who do get it have known risk factors. Around 5 to 10 percent of all pregnant women get gestational diabetes. Your chances of developing it are higher if you:

  1. Are 25 years or older
  2. Have close relative
  3. Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher
  4. Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  5. Have medical conditions such as glucose intolerance
  6. Have had gestational diabetes before
  7. Have delivered a big baby earlier (macrosomia)

Although it is difficult to predict whether you will get gestational diabetes or not, but you can cut your risk by adopting a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.

Gestational diabetes doesn’t have any symptoms and that’s why doctors suggest a screening test for the same between week 24 and 28 of pregnancy. Your doctor may suggest doing the test earlier if you have any risk factor for gestational diabetes.

Effect of Gestational Diabetes on Pregnancy

Most women with gestational diabetes can successfully keep their glucose level under control and have a healthy pregnancy. However, some of them may develop complications such as:

  • Early or Preterm labor
  • Preeclampsia or High Blood Pressure
  • Macrosomia or having a bigger baby
  • Larger baby leading to C-section delivery
  • Baby having hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and breathing trouble


When to Call Doctor

You may need to see your doctor frequently in case you have gestational diabetes. Even so, if you notice any unusual symptoms in between visits, go to your doctor right away. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Peeing more than usual
  • Feeling very tired
  • Feeling nauseous
  • Having blurred vision

In this case, your doctor may ask you to take additional tests to make sure that you and your baby are doing well. If you are having problems keeping your blood sugar at a healthy level, your doctor can refer you to a specialist.

Gestational diabetes is not permanent. Your blood sugar returns to normal once a baby is born. However, having gestational diabetes can make developing diabetes more likely in the future. For any assistance or guidance on gestational diabetes, visit our team of experts at KIMS Cuddles.

*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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27 December, 2022

Tips for dealing with postpartum vaginal discharge

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17 November, 2022

Taking care of mental wellbeing during pregnancy

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20 November, 2021

5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy

No matter how happy you are about your pregnancy, stress during the pregnancy phase is unavoidable. Most of the time, it is because of the hormones that play around. But there are a lot of other factors that account to stress. Managing stress during pregnancy is an efficient way to enjoy your pregnancy period.  Knowing the changes and accepting them happening to your body will help you best during this phase. However, know more efficient ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Here are the 5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Eat well and sleep well must be a routine  Nothing can replace the best benefits of proper food and sound sleep. Ensure that you follow a balanced diet with all the necessary supplements that your body needs and take enough rest. A night of proper sleep will make your day brighter and keep you comparatively in a cheerful mood. Rest when you are tired. Do not overdo during pregnancy. A perfect routine for food and sleep will ease up your hormones.  Surround yourself with positive energy. Talk to your friends and family. Pregnancy can put you through a lot of thoughts. It will make you think about the least possible negativity. Well, these are the instincts of the mother to safeguard her child. So
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