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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes Warning Signs

Once a woman becomes pregnant she becomes concerned with making sure that her health is maintained so she can ensure the health of her baby. A pregnant woman goes through several tests in order for her physician to ensure the health of her and her unborn child. The type of test can vary depending upon the age and other circumstances. Other tests are done as matter of procedure on all pregnant women. One of these tests is for gestational diabetes. This is a serious condition which any woman who is considering becoming pregnant needs to be informed about. This is because this condition can develop before or even after the test has been conducted. Knowing the warning signs can help.

Testing

The diabetes testing for gestational diabetes is usually done by when a woman enters the 24th week of her pregnancy. Women come into their see their physician where they ingest a drink which has a have high glucose level.

After the drink has been consumed the woman is asked to wait for a specific amount of time to pass for the sugar to enter into her blood stream. After the allotted amount of time has passed, the physician will order for a sample of her blood to be taken and tested. The levels of sugar in the blood are tested. This test will reveal if the woman is properly processing sugars in her body or if she has gestational diabetes.

Warning Signs

Gestational diabetes has been known to develop before and even after the 24 week mark in a pregnant woman. All women, but especially those who have a family history of diabetes or are overweight, need to be aware of the warning signs. Some of the warning signs to look for include urinating with increased frequency, extreme thirst and constant hunger.

Some women have been known to feel odd or dizzy after eating a meal high in sugar or carbohydrates. These feeling can be caused by the extreme about of sugar their body is unable to process and then get released into the blood stream.

Treatment

Gestational diabetes can be controlled with the same diet which is prescribed to those who have type 1 diabetes. A physician will recommend the right dote, exercise and clinical visits who are right for a woman with this condition. The condition generally passes after the birth of the child.

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