A blood sugar levels chart can show you at a glance where your current blood sugar puts you on the range of possible normal and abnormal values.
I knew many other women pregnant with twins and the vast majority did not have GD, but it does heighten the risk.
That may seem like not many women to you, but when you think about how many pregnant women there are in the world at any give time you are NOT alone by far.
GD does not mean for certain that your babies will be born prematurely, overly large, and does not mean you WILL have any further complications during labor and delivery.
However, if you lose the weight postpartum and go back to your former size or close, you have lower than a 1 in 4 chance of developing type 2 diabetes in the future. If you look back in my pregnancy journal you will see I was completely devastated with the GD diagnosis.
Also admittedly, the thought of pricking my finger 6 times a day, changing everything about my diet overnight, running to extra doctor appointments, and walking a tightrope looking at my levels on a meter all day long made me scared and feeling overwhelmed.
It all may seem overwhelming but remember, it’s for such a short time when you think about it. Gestational diabetes is a health issue in which a pregnant woman is diagnosed with high levels of glucose or sugar in blood for the first time in their life. Placenta produces certain hormones that prevent pregnant women from going to a hypoglycemic condition and these hormones act by blocking insulin. However in some women, pancreas won’t be able to produce more insulin leading to gestational diabetes. Pregnant women with gestational diabetes will have increased thirst, as diabetes pulls out water from body cells and in order to cope with this water loss, which is necessary for the proper functioning of the body, body demands more water. Frequent urination is a common problem that most of the pregnant women face, but those who have gestational diabetes will have more tendencies to urinate than normal pregnant women.

Fatigue is also a common symptom of pregnancy; this is because pregnancy burns more energy to meet the various demands of the growing child. Apart from these symptoms certain patients may develop vaginal infection, as the sugar in urine act as a good breeding ground for fungus.
Women above 30 years, obese, those having a family history of diabetes, those having too much of amniotic fluid, those having high blood pressure, those who had a large baby in their earlier delivery, those have the history of miscarriage or stillbirth etc. Normally a glucose tolerance test is carried out between 24 weeks to 28 weeks of pregnancy and for those who have high risk of developing gestational diabetes; the test should be carried out as early as 13th week of pregnancy.
After an overnight fast when you have not eaten for 8-12 hours is a basic way, but then you also need to test blood sugar after eating, typically about 2 hours after eating, to see how high the blood sugar went.
Anybody can potentially get gestational diabetes during pregnancy, more especially if you are carrying multiples. Only your testing will tell you for sure as I didn’t really notice any symptoms myself. Normally the body makes and uses insulin for energy without any problem, but in the case of gestational diabetes you are not producing enough insulin and the sugar builds up in your blood and it doesn’t get used by your body for fuel. I believe it may show itself during pregnancy and you may be diagnosed later, but only if you were going to be diagnosed anyway. Under normal conditions, even though the presence of pregnancy hormones increases the blood sugar level in pregnant women, it may not lead to diabetic condition. These hormonal changes and the enhanced risk of gestational diabetes are more common during the third trimester of pregnancy. This is because while purifying the blood in the kidneys, the excess sugar in the blood gets into the urine and this sugar in urine pulls out more water from the body. Pregnancy if coupled with diabetes makes the patients more prone to fatigue and she won’t be able to perform any strenuous or mild physical activity.

Finally, doctors may have you do a test called an oral glucose tolerance test in which they give you a standard sweet drink in the clinical laboratory and take several blood samples before and after to see how your body handles a standard amount of pure sugar intake. I couldn’t understand why I had it, and worried about the effects on my babies to be.
Just make sure to follow all instructions to assure both you and your babies are happy and healthy, ask questions and demand answers.
In order to overcome this high sugar levels, an expected mother’s pancreas produces about three times more insulin and provides glucose to the cells to meet their energy requirements.
Gestational diabetes if left untreated may cause birth defects and even miscarriages, hence it is necessary to identify the early symptoms of gestational diabetes and treat them accordingly.
This is because, lack of insulin in the body prevents the sugar in food from reaching the cells and produces enough energy required to meet the various biological requirement of the body.
If you don’t allow all of that extra glucose to get to your babies, they will be of normal size. As a result the volume of urine flowing out each time and the frequency of urination increases.
Most people will be able to get through this with only diet changes and some increased exercise.
Nobody wants to have gestational diabetes, but it’s not a death sentence or anything.

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