Gestational diabetes symptoms

Gestational diabetes has little or no symptoms. This page explains what gestational diabetes is and what the risk factors are that could lead to gestational diabetes. Besides gestational diabetes there is also diabetes type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that could incur during pregnancy. Usually, gestational diabetes occurs around the 24th week of the pregnancy. Women incur gestational diabetes when their body produces insufficient insulin during the pregnancy. Due to the lack of insulin, the body gets a high blood sugar level. When someone is diagnosed with gestational diabetes it does not mean that you already had diabetes before you became pregnant or that you will become diabetic after your pregnancy. Babies of women who have had gestational diabetes may have a low blood sugar level. The risks of gestational diabetes can be reduced if women have their glucose levels under control.

Risk factors of Gestational Diabetes

There are several risk factors that could lead to gestational diabetes: 

  • A diagnosis of gestational diabetes during a previous pregnancy
  • Heredity: If a relative of the first grade has type 2 diabetes, a woman can incur gestational diabetes during their pregnancy.
  • Ethnicity: Some ethnicities, such as people from Africa and people from South Asia run a higher risk to incur gestational diabetes.
  • Obesity can cause gestational diabetes
  • A high blood pressure level can lead to gestational diabetes
  • If a woman birth previously gave birth to a baby who was very heavy (heavier than 9 pounds), this is a risk factor
  • Women who have had no help with their miscarriage have a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes
  • Pregnant women over 35 have also a higher risk to incur gestational diabetes 

Symptoms pertaining to diabetes in general

Symptoms that apply to all types of diabetes may include: 

  • One is constantly Thirsty
  • Without assistance losing muscle mass or weight
  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling very tired
  • Always hungry 

Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes has little to no symptoms. Therefore, pregnant women are usually examined between the 24th and 28th week whether or not their blood sugar level is normal. If gestational diabetes is present, the following symptoms occur: 

  • A very high blood sugar level
  • Having sugar in urine 

More information about diabetes symptoms

Are you looking for more information about the symptoms of diabetes? Then look here for information about the symptoms of diabetes in general, click here for information about the symptoms of diabetes type 1 or here for information about the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

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