The Facts about Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant woman eating sweetsAmerican Diabetes Month takes place every November. Gestational diabetes affects more than 18 percent of pregnant women throughout the country. Though in most cases the condition is only temporary, it’s important to stay informed about the risk factors and life changes that need to happen if you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes, which usually begins around the 24th week of pregnancy, is caused by the placenta blocking the action of the insulin in a mother’s body. This causes glucose to build up in the blood at high levels, also known as hyperglycemia.

Testing for Diabetes During Pregnancy

All women must go through a glucose challenge screening test around the 24th to 28th week of pregnancy. During the test, a physician will ask you to drink a glucose solution. An hour later, a physician will draw blood and check to ensure you’re producing enough insulin. If tests prove you are producing enough insulin, no further tests are necessary. However, if the tests show that you do have gestational diabetes, you will need to be monitored and treated throughout your pregnancy. In addition to a positive glucose challenge screening test, women who experience gestational diabetes also have the following symptoms:

● Blurred vision

● Unusual thirst

● Extreme fatigue

● Frequent bladder infections

● Frequent skin infections

Treatment for Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes during pregnancy is harmful to you and your baby, so treatment needs to start immediately. The American Diabetes Association suggests that women maintain the following glycemic levels:

● 95 mg/dl or less before a meal

● 140 mg/dl or less an hour after a meal

● 120 mg/dl or less two hours after a meal

Physicians will also suggest to keep close track of the following throughout the rest of the pregnancy:

● Diet (specifically intake of carbohydrates and sugar)

● Exercise

● Insulin levels before and after meals

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

website logo