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Gestational Diabetes

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Pregnant women not previously diagnosed with another type of diabetes can be found to have gestational diabetes. A high blood glucose (sugar) level is the main indicator of this condition. The cause of gestational diabetes is not known exactly, but experts have concluded that it is a result of insulin resistance in the body. Gestational diabetes can be diagnosed if a women’s body is not able to make or use all the insulin needed during pregnancy. Insulin takes glucose from the blood stream and transfers it into cells to produce energy. Glucose build up in the blood stream can affect both the mother and baby.
How common is gestational diabetes? About 10% of mothers develop it during the latter part of their pregnancy. It is often tested for between the twenty-four and twenty-eight week mark.
Untreated gestational diabetes can create some negative health effects for your baby. The mother’s body is working hard to create insulin to break down all the excess sugar in her bloodstream. The baby begins to receive more glucose than it ... Read more

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