The Dangers Of Gestational Diabetes

November 11th, 2016

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops only during pregnancy. Diabetes means your blood glucose, also called blood sugar goes too high. The body uses glucose for energy. Too much glucose in your blood is not good for you or your baby. Preliminary analysis of a local study done in Singapore shows such mums may have babies with attention issues. Gestational diabetes is usually diagnosed during late pregnancy. If you are diagnosed with diabetes earlier in your pregnancy, you may have had diabetes before you became pregnant. Protecting your baby and yourself by taking action right away is key to controlling your blood glucose levels. Causes of Gestational diabetes Gestational diabetes happens when your body can’t make enough insulin during pregnancy. Insulin is a hormone made in your pancreas, an organ located behind your stomach. Insulin prevents blood glucose levels from spiking. During pregnancy, your body makes more hormones and goes through other changes, such as weight gain. These changes cause your body’s cells to use insulin less effectively, a condition known insulin resistance. Insulin resistance increases your body’s need for insulin. If your pancreas can’t make enough insulin, it will result in gestational diabetes. All pregnant women are likely to have some insulin resistance during late pregnancy. However, some women have insulin resistance even before they get pregnant, usually because they are overweight. These women start pregnancy with an increased need for insulin and are more likely to have gestational diabetes. Untreated or uncontrolled gestational diabetes can cause problems for your baby, such as being born with a larger than normal body—a condition called macrosomia—which can make delivery difficult and more dangerous for your baby having low blood glucose, also called hypoglycemia, right after birth having breathing problems, a condition called respiratory distress syndrome Your baby also might be […]

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