Watch this video by Dr. Sanchaita Das, Consultant Gynae & Obstetrics, Narayana Multispecialty Hospital, Barasat explaining about Gestational Diabetes, it’s Symptoms, Causes, Risks, Diagnosis and Treatment.
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Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that only affects pregnant women. Normally, our bodies take the food we eat and turn it into glucose ( which is a type of sugar) that enters our bloodstream. In response, our pancreas sends insulin to help move that glucose from our blood to our cells where it’s used as energy. Without adequate insulin, blood sugar levels can build up in our blood, which is a problem.
Although the exact cause of gestational diabetes isn’t known, most doctors think it’s connected to hormones that the placenta makes.
It’s estimated that 9.2% of women will be diagnosed with gestational diabetes during their pregnancy.
What Are the Signs of Gestational Diabetes?
If your blood sugar is high, you’d know right away, right? Not necessarily. Most women don’t have any symptoms of gestational diabetes.
Other mamas experience:
increased thirst, increased urination, fatigue, and vaginal infections.
But what’s confusing is that all of those are also general pregnancy symptoms!
That’s why most midwive’s and doctor’s offices follow a general procedure called a Glucola test between weeks 24-28 of pregnancy.
For the test, you drink Glucola, which is a syrupy drink that contains 50 — yes, 5-0 — grams of sugar. It tastes like flat orange soda or flat lemon lime soda. Gross! We’ll talk more about that in a minute. After one hour, your blood sugar levels are checked. This test is sometimes called “the one-hour test” for that reason.
So if you fail, do you automatically have gestational diabetes? No.
If you fail the 1-hour test it means you’re at risk for developing gestational diabetes. You’ll need to take a second test — called the 3-hour test — to officially confirm diabetes (or not). The test is similar, except the sugar dosage is higher — ugh! — and you have to wait three hours instead of one.
If you fail the 3-hour test: You’re diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
If this sounds super gross to you, then you’re not alone. Many mamas find this syrupy concoction to be too much. Most feel sick or even throw up after drinking the glucola — which is a big bummer because you have to redo the test if that happens!
There’s other problems with glucola too. Take a peek at the label and you’ll see:
GMO corn syrup
glycerol ester made from wood pulp
brominated vegetable oil
So, what can you do about it?
Well, talk to your midwife or doctor. But usually you’ll have a few options.
You can try a different sugary food. Some healthcare providers will allow you to consume 50 grams of sugar from juice, jelly beans, or dates instead. There’s even something called The Fresh Test which gives you the 50 grams of glucose with organic ingredients
Or, you can get a hemoglobin A1C screening: This test is done in the first or early second trimester. It tells you if you’ll develop diabetes later on, but it won’t be accurate if you’re dehydrated or anemic.
Or you can track your own blood sugar levels: Some doctors will let you track your blood sugar levels at home for two weeks with an at-home blood sugar meter.
WHAT HAPPENS if you’re diagnosed with gestational diabetes?
First, don’t worry mama. It is usually possible to manage gestational diabetes with just diet and exercise.
Here are 8 ways to combat gestational diabetes naturally:
Cut back on carbs, eat your greens and veggies, be sure you’re not D deficient, boost magnesium, get sleep, cut the late night snacking, get moving
Whew, a lot to consider. But know this… in most cases gestational diabetes is manageable with good diet and exercise. Work closely with your doctor to be sure your sugars are in good range as you don’t want to deal with the complications of unmanaged gestational diabetes.
And what are those, you ask?
For baby, shoulder dystocia, low blood sugar for baby at birth, jaundice, and respiratory problems.
For you, it can increase your risk of c-section, preeclampsia or pre-term birth.
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