Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a condition that develops during pregnancy due to the hormonal changes induced by fetal development which cause the mother’s body to not be able to process glucose as adequately as it did before.  This leads to higher insulin levels as the body tries harder to process the sugars.  About 4% of women in the U.S. are affected and risk factors include:

1) being over the age of 25
2) being overweight/obese prior to pregnancy
3) being ethnic African, Latina, or Asian
4) strong family history of diabetes
5) previous pregnancies with gestational diabetes, previous high birthweight babies, or previous unexplained stillbirth

Complications include:

1) Excess fetal growth leading to complications during delivery, physical damage to the baby during delivery or C-section birth
2) Newborn jaundice
3) Newborn hypoglycemia
4) Newborn respiratory distress
5)Increased risk of preeclampsia
6) Increased risk of gestational diabetes in subsequent pregnancies
7)  Increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and/or obesity in the child

50% of women who develop gestational diabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within 5 – 10 years following pregnancy.

I failed the first round of testing for this. I go back on Friday for a more intense and prolonged (4 hours) test to verify whether I do indeed have this.

And guess how many risk factors I had.

Pregnancy! It’s fun!!

I’ll keep you posted about the results when I hear but it probably won’t be till next week.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. nikkip
    Jul 03, 2007 @ 22:08:44

    you’ll be fine…don’t worry! 🙂

    Reply

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