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Gestational Diabetes Symptoms Alert

Gestational diabetes symptoms alert? Sure, it's an alert. Why? Because it may be an early warning sign. Of course, we might feel bad at this news. Who wouldn't? But we can also take this alert in a positive manner. How? Well, we can thank the sign that it has come just in time. We can still do something about it.

Gestational diabetes symptoms are there but many do not notice them. I will tell you in a minute what they are. First, let us define gestational diabetes. Simply, it refers to diabetes that is first diagnosed around the 24rth to 28th week of pregnancy.

If the diabetes was present before pregnancy then it is called pregestational diabetes. This is a story for another day because there is risk in the fetus throughout the pregnancy with this type. The gestational diabetes symptoms are also there and mostly not noticed.

The gestational diabetes symptoms tell the fact that theoretically, the condition means high blood sugar or hyperglycemia that is first recognized during pregnancy. How many are affected by this? About 3 to 12% of pregnant women will develop this.

Although the gestational diabetes symptoms are not felt, the condition is still a warning sign that says there is not enough pancreatic reserve. You see the hormones made by the placenta during pregnancy can obstruct the insulin the pancreas usually makes.



This makes the poor pancreas to work harder to the point that it can't keep up and so the blood sugar levels rise. Genetically, the pancreas should be able to accommodate the extra work as long as no extra demands are made on it. When the demand becomes greater than it can manage, the gestational diabetes symptoms come in.

The trouble is that during pregnancy the insulin resistance goes up due to the additional hormones needed for the baby's growth. This is fine in a person with strong pancreas. But if there's not enough set aside, the added pressure may push one over into diabetes and get those gestational diabetes symptoms.

Some believe that the extra weight gained during pregnancy is the culprit behind the inability of the pancreas to keep up with the new weight. There is therefore a demand for insulin. This in turn gives rise to the gestational diabetes symptoms.

What are these gestational diabetes symptoms? They are extreme thirst, hunger or fatigue. All of these are veiled by the normal pregnancy discomfort. It is therefore crucial for pregnant women to undergo GDM (gestational diabetes mellitus) screening.


The question is who should be screened. The experts are of two opposite sides. One says all pregnant women should be screened during 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy. Others believe that it is unnecessary because it will only cause anxiety when there are no gestational diabetes symptoms anyway.

However, the first group reasons out that screening only those at risk will miss almost 50% of all gestational diabetes. What do you think? Which group do you belong to? And what are these risk factors so you can get screened for GDM? It is chiefly crucial to undergo screening with the following conditions:

  • Mother had GDM
  • History of miscarriage or stillbirth
  • Over 25 years old
  • Overweight or obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Hispanic, African or Aboriginal background
  • History of giving birth to a baby over 4 kg or 9 lb.

The doctors who are opposed to universal screening argue that since the blood glucose levels are on the rise steadily, it is possible that during weeks 24-28, the level will be normal so if there are no gestational diabetes symptoms or the above risks are not present then the universal screening will only create undue anxiety.

We will continue with this discussion in a little while with consideration on how we deal with this concern in the best possible way. Meantime, relax and enjoy life as usual. Be happy and get rid of all pessimistic thoughts for I salute you for doing something about it.

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