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What is gestational diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is known as glucose intolerance during pregnancy.
This is some thing that a lot of pregnant women have to endure. It is
caused by the hormonal changes that are occurring in their bodies. These
hormones can cause a woman's body to be less sensitive to the effect of
insulin. These changes can lead to high blood sugar and diabetes. High
blood sugar levels in pregnancy are dangerous for both the mother and the
This is something that can be dealt with and that can be taken care of. It
is not unusual and is very common for a lot of pregnancies. It is still
possible to have a healthy and happy baby and for the mother to be
perfectly fine as well. All the woman has to do is make a few changes in
her diet and things will be just fine.
Between the pregnancy weeks of twenty-four and twenty eight weeks, most
every pregnant woman is screened for glucose intolerance. If there are
risk factors for diabetes, the woman will be tested sooner than that.
Some of the risk factors include things like being over weight, a history
of diabetes in the family, or having sugar in the urine. These are all
things that would make a doctor want to screen the woman a lot sooner for
The woman will have to eat fifty grams of glucose and then a blood test to
determine the results. If the blood sugar level is less than 130-140 it is
considered to be normal and there is going to be no reason for concern.
The doctors will also take a history and make sure that there are no
further concerns for diabetes that they should worry about in the future.
If the blood sugar is higher they are going to probably do a few more
tests to determine the problem and to see if the woman is going to need
further assistance or not. This is a great test that is doing a lot of
good for many women that are expecting. This is something that will ensure
their health and the health of their baby.