Gestational Diabetes while Pregnant

Created On : February 24, 2015


Does anyone know what Gestational Diabetes is? I mean like what are the symptoms and how common is it amongst pregnant women?

Thanks, Anita

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Raunak Arshdeep

  • December 13, 2014
Hi Anita, Gestational Diabetes usually occurs in pregnant women. when the pancreas are not able to produce the needed amount of insulin, then this problem arisis. In order to check the occurence of the same, pregnant women should be going in for a health checkup after every 28 weeks. Symptoms are generally not so visible. so testing is the only way to make sure that a woman is suffering from it. It is not a condition which is lifelong. It only lasts until the baby has been born. If you are suffering from this, then your doctor will be able to tell you what all measures need to be taken.


  • December 23, 2014
The hormonal changes caused during pregnancy is said to be the major reason for the gestational diabetes. This imbalance is caused in all the pregnant women and they are prone to be intolerant towards the glucose which is produced. The body cells tend to become less tolerant towards insulin, which helps the glucose to convert and produce energy. This form of diabetes is generally temporary, if treated properly and on time. Almost 2 to 10 per cent of expectant mothers tend to suffer from this problem.

Richa Avasthi

  • December 23, 2014
There are no clear symptoms for gestational diabetes so the expectant mothers are advised for the glucose screening test between 24 to 28 weeks. The correct diagnosis helps with proper treatment both for the baby and the unborn child. Those expectant mothers who are obese, have a prior case of diabetes or has a family history of diabetes then they become prone to gestational diabetes. Those who are planning for the baby should start taking precautions right since the beginning.


  • December 23, 2014
Once diagnosed positive with gestational diabetes then the only option left is to start taking measures and control it as early as possible. To manage the blood sugar level start monitoring it at least four times a day, that is before and after all meals. This should be followed by a strict diet as instructed by the doctor and also the advisable exercises.


  • December 23, 2014
The gestational diabetes when diagnosed should be controlled and if not then the baby gets prone to certain risks like, too much glucose level in the mother can end into too much glucose level in the baby as well, this can also lead to a problem called macrosomia, in which the baby becomes too big to enter birth canal and the force full delivery can lead to fractures in the shoulder of the baby.

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