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Gestational Diabetes Can Develop During Pregnancy

By Eddie Smyths for exercise-and-health.com

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that can develop in some women during pregnancy due to the fact that their bodies aren’t able to make enough insulin to keep glucose (blood sugar) within a satisfactory range. While maintaining your lifetime fitness program right down to monitoring your target heart rate should keep you healthy during pregnancy, no amount of exercise can prevent this disease.

This type of diabetes is discovered when high blood sugar is found between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy. While there are normally no symptoms, a few women have reported increased thirst, unusual weight loss, fatigue, increased urination, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision and steady infections of the bladder, vagina and skin.

The difference between the gestational type of diabetes and other forms of diabetes is that it begins during pregnancy and usually goes away after the child is born. The most common forms of diabetes, which are type 1 and type 2, continue throughout a person’s life.

Just as with mens health and womens health in typical diabetes, if a woman discovers she has the gestational type of diabetes, it needs to be monitored and possibly medicated. This disease can put a woman at risk for developing high blood pressure during pregnancy. The baby could gain extra weight, which can complicate delivery. When a woman has the gestational type of diabetes, she will more than likely develop it with each subsequent pregnancy. There is also a chance to develop type 2 diabetes as soon as five years after the birth of her child.

When you are tested and diagnosed with the gestational type of diabetes, you will be given strict instructions and guidelines for your treatment of the disease. This will assist in the prevention of the complications that might arise as a result of this disease. Women with this type of diabetes have healthy babies every day. As long as you follow your doctor’s plan for you and your pregnancy, you can too.



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