Gestational diabetes in pregnant women can lead to complications with the birth. There is an increased risk of pre-eclampsia and the overproduction of amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios) leading to premature labor and problems with the birth. A common problem is excess fetal growth resulting in babies that are larger than average for their gestational age or macrocosmic (over 4000g in weight). Given the possibility of these complications, induction of labor is often recommended a few weeks before the due date, but a new study has identified that there is a serious scarcity of evidence regarding this intervention.
Diabetes during pregnancy
Gestational diabetes causes a clinically significant rise in blood sugar levels during a pregnancy that, unlike Type 1 or 2 diabetes, disappears following the birth. It is caused by the insufficient production of the levels of insulin that pregnancy requires. The condition does not necessarily present with symptoms, and a blood sugar level screening test is required to identify its presence. If blood sugar levels continue to rise, the woman may become hyperglycemic, leading to an increase in thirst, urination, tiredness and dry mouth. As these symptoms can present quite frequently in normal pregnancies, they are not necessarily an indication that a woman is suffering from gestational diabetes. Women can be directed to reliable online resources; for example, you could visit remedy pharmacist for more information and should have regular screening tests during the pregnancy. The effects of the condition can be minimized by controlling blood sugar through diet and exercise changes and monitoring levels by regular testing. A dose of insulin may also be required. [Read more…]