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gestational diabetes checkup 200 x 200In your sixth month of pregnancy, you will be tested for gestational diabetes, which occurs when a pregnant woman develops high blood sugar levels. As many as one in ten pregnant women will have this condition and proper treatment is important because gestational diabetes can cause dangerously high blood pressure, premature birth or stillbirth and could increase your child’s risk for developing diabetes.

WHAT CAUSES GESTATIONAL DIABETES?
Gestational diabetes isn’t related to diabetes that you have before you’re pregnant. It’s linked to hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy that can impair the action of insulin in your body and cause blood sugar levels to rise. 

 

 

WHO’S AT RISK FOR GESTATIONAL DIABETES? 

Women who:

  • Are prediabetic or have a parent or sibling that has type 2 diabetes
  • Have previously given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • Have a BMI of 30 or higher
  • Have high blood pressure

HOW IS GESTATIONAL DIABETES DIAGNOSED?
Usually, there are no outward signs of gestational diabetes, but mild symptoms may include fatigue, blurred vision, excessive thirst and the frequent need to urinate. That’s why you need a test at 24 to 28 weeks into your pregnancy to check for high blood sugar levels that can indicate gestational diabetes.

WHAT’S THE TREATMENT FOR GESTATIONAL DIABETES?
Treatment can range from lifestyle changes to using medications to control the condition. Eating healthy foods and being active every day can help to lower blood sugar levels. You may also need to check your blood sugar on your own and go to more prenatal care checkups for the rest of your pregnancy. In some cases, gestational diabetes requires the use of oral medications or insulin injections.

ARE THERE ANY LASTING EFFECTS FROM GESTATIONAL DIABETES?
Gestational diabetes usually goes away after giving birth but having it increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. You can reduce that risk with breastfeeding that helps you lose weight after pregnancy. You should also maintain a healthy weight and have blood sugar levels tested every three years or once a year if you are prediabetic.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Northline Women’s Health Center, call us at 734.282.3600 (Southgate) or 734.362.7000 (Brownstown) or contact us online.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax