Women who are planning to go family way or are already nurturing Life inside them should be particularly vigilant about diabetes. According to a National Institutes of Health, a woman can be at greater risk for gestational diabetes, which is high blood sugar that starts during pregnancy, if she:
• Is older than 25
• Has a family history of diabetes
• Previously had a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds or had a birth defect
• Has high blood pressure
• Has too much amniotic fluid
• Has had an unexplained miscarriage or stillbirth
• Was overweight before pregnancy
The fact that Gestational diabetes doesn’t have a lot of outward effects on the mother during the pregnancy. The risk only getting perceptible and visible during the delivery. Tthere is a greater risk of birth trauma to both mother and baby when the mother has gestational diabetes, as the babies tend to be larger.
The study further underlines that Gestational diabetes, or when a woman develops temporary diabetes when she’s pregnant, is on the upswing, and the worst thing about that, doctors say it means more Type 2 diabetes later in life. According to Dr. Brian Egan, lead researcher, Women who get gestational diabetes are much more likely to develop diabetes later in life. To get an idea of the risk, the study notes that Fifty percent of women with gestational diabetes develop Type 2 diabetes within five years of their pregnancy. Almost 70 percent of them develop it within 28 years after they were pregnant.
Not even that, gestational diabetes OR pre-eclampsia (A condition in pregnancy characterized by abrupt hypertension (a sharp rise in blood pressure), albuminuria (leakage of large amounts of the protein albumin into the urine) and edema (swelling) of the hands, feet, and face. Preeclampsia is the most common complication of pregnancy.) can also be a harbinger of cardiovascular disease later in life.
The study gives the example of a woman, who never had any problems arise during her first pregnancy, her blood sugar levels rose with her second pregnancy. She was in her 30s during that time. Doctors told her that she had gestational diabetes and informed her that it could show up in her life later. Doctors sent her to a dietician, who taught her how to eat better during her pregnancy to keep her blood sugar level lower. Eating right meant mostly cutting carbohydrates and eating more protein, After her second delivery, her blood sugar went back to normal and sshe stayed normal for the next five years, until her third pregnancy. But during her third pregnancy, the gestational diabetes hit her again and with increased severity. He notes that higher age may have proved to be a factor. After the delivery her blood sugar level returned to normal, and remained so for an year. After that they started increasing again.
Since then, the woman has adhered to dietary changes and regular exercise; and her sugar, cholesterol and tri-glycerides levels are quite fine. But the fact that she got diabetes during pregnancy makes her prone to Type 2 diabetes, as her life progresses.
Getting gestational diabetes affects the unborn baby too. Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes might also quickly become hypoglycemic after delivery, with their high levels of insulin. Later on, both mother and baby will be at higher risk for diabetes.
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But those pregnant or planning, don’t need to get over-whelmed by the risk of gestational diabetes. Only 8 percent of pregnancies become gestational diabetic cases.
Women get checkups before becoming pregnant to look for the presence of diabetes and try to keep their blood sugar levels under check during pregnancy period.