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Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes, sometimes called glucose intolerance during pregnancy, occurs in pregnant women who have never had diabetes before, most often late in pregnancy around the 24th to 28th weeks of gestation. During this type of diabetes, a woman's pancreas produces too much insulin, but it fails to lower the excessive glucose levels in her blood.

It is important to keep in mind that gestational diabetes does not cause any symptoms at all in most women. The symptoms that occasionally do occur, including increased thirst, hunger, and urination, weight loss despite increased appetite, blurred vision, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and frequent bladder, vaginal, and skin infections, are common late in pregnancy anyway, and consequently may be difficult to distinguish as sure diabetes symptoms. Since the rare symptoms that women do experience during gestational diabetes are always mild and never life-threatening, they tend to ignore these bodily warnings and or shrug them off as natural effects of pregnancy.

Doctors recommend that pregnant women be screened for gestational diabetes during the 24th to the 28th weeks of pregnancy, when the disease is most likely to occur. In some cases, Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes is revealed during pregnancy, which makes it hard to definitely differentiate from gestational diabetes. Women to whom this happens should continue receiving treatment for diabetes throughout and even after their pregnancy, just to be on the safe side.

Gestational diabetes poses hardly any threat to the pregnant mother, but can severely harm the child she is carrying. Since gestational diabetes occurs late in pregnancy, the baby's body is already formed, so it will not have the same defects as one born to a mother with Type 2 diabetes (effective from the beginning of pregnancy while the baby is growing), but the repercussions for the child can still be severe. Since the mother has so much blood glucose, the baby absorbs much of it through her placenta, and then undergoes the same problem too much blood glucose and insulin alike that are quickly recognized by the body as unnecessary and therefore stored as fat. Many babies born from mothers with untreated gestational diabetes are abnormally large, a condition called macrosomia. A baby born from such a mother can also have jaundice or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) at birth. As if all these were not enough, babies who are born with too much insulin are at high risk for obesity and/or Type 2 diabetes later in life. In extremely rare cases, some babies die in the womb solely due to gestational diabetes.

Whether you're a pregnant mother who has never had diabetes, has always had diabetes and are showing more frequent or an increased amount of symptoms, or are not showing any unusual symptoms at all, it is highly recommended that you be screened for gestational diabetes during the 24th to the 28th weeks of your pregnancy. The symptoms are not clear or threatening enough for you to pick up on yourself, and getting screened and treated in time could mean a world of difference for you and your baby.

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