Gestational Diabetes

What is gestational Diabetes? What causes gestational diabetes? What diet should a pregnant women follow?

This form of diabetes diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes that some women get while they are in the later stages of pregnancy. Usually it occurs after 20 weeks or later. It only occurs during pregnancy. Doctors and researchers only speculate as to what causes gestational diabetes.

It is thought to be caused by hormones as the mother reaches a certain stage of pregnancy. Women who have had gestational diabetes are more at risk of developing diabetes than others.

Signs of gestational diabetes

There are usually no signs of gestational diabetes. You may feel more tired than usual, have excessive urination or thirst. Most women don’t notice anything unusual.

Your risk of gestational diabetes

Risks are greater for the overweight, women over 25, those with a family history of diabetes and those of the races with a greater likelihood of diabetes.

How to avoid gestational diabetes

Mothers need to watch their diets just like a diabetic would during pregnancy as gestational diabetes can be harmful to the child. To avoid this type of diabetes continue regular exercise during pregnancy. Follow a healthy eating pattern. Avoid the processed and junk foods and eat plenty of fresh green vegetables and fruit.

Gestational diabetes can cause a child to be born overweight. The child may have low blood glucose at birth. The child may be born with breathing problems.

Your doctor should monitor you for gestational diabetes.

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