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Gestational Diabetes 200x200The hormonal changes that come with pregnancy can bring on more than food cravings and moodiness. For some women, these can also trigger a potentially dangerous condition for mother and baby.

Gestational diabetes that occurs during pregnancy affects up to one in ten women. With gestational diabetes, your body has trouble managing the production of insulin and that can lead to having too much sugar in your blood.

You may experience high blood pressure because of gestational diabetes or a more-serious condition known as preeclampsia when high blood pressure prevents your liver and kidneys from working properly. Gestational diabetes can also increase the risk of premature birth, and cause jaundice or breathing problems for your baby.

There might also be long-lasting effects because gestational diabetes has been associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes for women later in life and a higher risk of obesity for your child.

The good news is that gestational diabetes can be easily detected and treated. Most women are tested for gestational diabetes about six months into their pregnancy. If diagnosed with gestational diabetes your doctor will want to see you for check-ups more often. Treatment can be as simple as getting more exercise each day and managing your weight by adjusting portions while eating more healthy foods.

Gestational diabetes usually goes away after your baby is born but you could be at higher risk for it again in future pregnancies. Breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the odds of another bout of gestational diabetes and keeping to a healthy weight will also help.

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