The condition known as gestational diabetes is where diabetes develops in pregnant women who haven't previously had the condition. The disorder is surprisingly common with up to 5% of pregnant women developing the condition at some stage of their pregnancy.
Gestational diabetes occurs due to the hormonal changes in a pregnant woman's body. Pregnancy causes the increased production of a number of hormones to help the body cope with the following nine months. However, these hormones can interfere with the normal function of insulin at a time when your body needs all the insulin it can get.
The main symptoms of gestational diabetes are much the same as standard diabetes. You are likely to develop an increased rate of urination along with a seemingly unquenchable thirst. You will also feel very tired, and have a severe lack of energy.
Gestational diabetes can often go undetected as many of the symptoms are similar to those experienced as a result of being pregnant. Indeed, the condition is usually picked up when routine blood tests are carried out during the pregnancy.
Gestational diabetes doesn't pose an immediate risk to your health or that or your unborn baby. However, if left untreated, the condition can cause pre-eclampsia, premature labour, or the development of too much amniotic fluid.
Gestational diabetes typically develops in the second half of pregnancy, and goes away soon after your baby is born. However, the condition can occasionally precede the development of Type 2 diabetes after the birth. This is common in women who put on a considerable amount of wight during their pregnancy, and lose little in the months that follow.
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