Even if you don’t have a previous history of diabetes you might develop one during your pregnancy. This is called gestational diabetes. It is one of the most common issues that a woman faces during pregnancy.
Check out the Expert answer on Gestational Diabetes.
Gestational diabetes happens if, due to the presence of certain pregnancy hormones, your body stops producing enough insulin hormones (called insulin resistance). Insulin is the hormone that is produced by the pancreas and it helps to break down the glucose in the blood stream. When insulin production is reduced the blood glucose levels increase (called hyperglycemia) thereby resulting in gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes can prove to be risky if you are:
- There is sugar in the urine
- There are diabetic patients in your family
- If it is a late age pregnancy (happens after the age of 35) for you
- You have high blood pressure
- You Smoke
- You have given birth to still borns or very large babies earlier
Gestational diabetes is very common during pregnancy. The right kind of diet and exercise will help you to keep it in control.
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