Gestational Diabetes: Can I Prevent it?

Gestational Diabetes: Can I Prevent it?

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Gestational diabetes is a condition that all pregnant women fear. It is related to blood sugar levels you develop while you are pregnant. It is caused when your body changes the way it reacts to insulin in your body. Insulin is an important element, because it is used by the body to move glucose where the body can use it for energy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

When Does it Surface?

Gestational diabetes will begin surfacing toward the latter part of a pregnancy. For this reason, women who are pregnant will be tested for this condition when they are further along in their pregnancy. An initial test will be given and further testing will be ordered if an issue is found.

Since gestational diabetes will rarely surface before the 20 week mark, your initial test will be scheduled after this point. If further testing is needed, your doctor will help you determine when the best time for testing is.

What Causes Gestational Diabetes?

The exact cause of gestational diabetes is unknown. However, over the years, some theories have developed regarding the condition. For example, it appears that the placenta and the hormones it produces plays a role in the development of gestational diabetes. As the hormones shift during a pregnancy, it becomes harder for some women to control their ability to react to insulin and other hormones that control their blood sugar levels.

Can you Avoid It?

Unfortunately, there is very little you can do to avoid gestational diabetes. However, it is advised for women to maintain a healthy diet and exercise program while they are pregnant. Try to avoid junk food as much as possible as well as foods that are filled with sugar. You should also talk to your doctor to make sure you are eating the right foods and that you are taking in the right types of supplements.

Gestational diabetes is definitely something that is a concern for women who are pregnant. However, with the tests in place that help determine if you have the condition, it is something that can be overcome and result in a happy and healthy delivery.

If you do develop gestational diabetes, make sure you are following the instructions given to you by your doctor. They will help you determine exactly what you need to do to overcome the condition and continue with a healthy pregnancy. In the end, this is the best way to avoid the issues related to gestational diabetes and go on to deliver a healthy baby.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).