- Marie Fortier
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- What is pregnancy diabetes and how do I know if I’m at risk?
What is pregnancy diabetes and how do I know if I’m at risk?
In layman’s terms, a diagnosis of gestational or pregnancy diabetes refers to an overly high level of sugar in a pregnant woman’s blood. This hyperglycemia can vary in severity but must be identified for the first time during the pregnancy.
Between 3% and 9% of pregnant women will be affected by this problem.
The effect of estrogen and progesterone hormones negatively affect the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. It usually ensures the balance between glucose, the sugar in a person’s blood.
When a pregnant woman is diagnosed with gestational diabetes, she will be closely monitored and will have more tests and ultrasounds during her pregnancy. This is to ensure the proper evolution of the pregnancy and baby.
Concerning risk factors that may predispose a woman to diabetes during pregnancy:
- Already had gestational diabetes during a previous pregnancy
- Over 35
- Known to have polycystic ovaries
- Takes certain types of medication
- Is part of a population that is at higher risk, for example, Hispanic, Asian or African
Make sure you get informed about this. And to help prevent gestational diabetes, maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat well, sleep well and remain active.
To learn more about the topic:
Read the article Gestational or Pregnancy Diabetes
Watch the video Good Lifestyle Habits and Pregnancy.
The Baby Expert