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Gestational Diabetes

Pregnancy can be a time of joy in the lives of women and their families. Gestational diabetes is a complication that can occur during that journey. Any pregnancy complication is concerning, but Tri-County Health Care can help patients control gestational diabetes by providing the expert care, resources and knowledge to make it as smooth of a pregnancy as possible.

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational Diabetes affects females during pregnancy and is a form of glucose intolerance. It is first seen in women who did not have diabetes before pregnancy. During pregnancy, gestational diabetes requires treatment to optimize maternal blood glucose levels to lessen the risk of complications in the infant. The majority of gestational diabetes patients can control their diabetes with exercise and diet. Between 10 to 20 percent of these patients will need to take some kind of blood-glucose-controlling medications.


Potential Problems of Gestational Diabetes

Blood sugar that is not well controlled in a woman with gestational diabetes can lead to problems for pregnant women and their babies.

Excessive birth weight

When diabetes is not well controlled, it causes the baby’s blood sugar to be high. The baby is then overfed and grows to be larger than normal. In addition to causing discomfort to the woman during the last few months of pregnancy, a larger baby can lead to problems during delivery for both the mother and the baby.

C-section

A woman with diabetes that is not well controlled has a greater chance of needing a Cesarean Section to deliver the baby. This can extend the mother’s recovery time from childbirth.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure can cause harm to both the woman and her unborn baby. It can lead to the baby being born early and can also cause seizures or a stroke in the woman during labor and delivery.

Low blood sugar

If a woman’s diabetes was not well controlled during pregnancy, her baby can develop low blood sugar after birth.

Type 2 diabetes later in life

Babies of mothers who have gestational diabetes have a higher risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes later in life.

Tips for women with Gestational Diabetes

  • Eat healthy foods
  • Exercise regularly
  • Monitor blood sugar often
  • Take insulin, if prescribed by your provider
  • Get tested for diabetes after pregnancy
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