Warning Signs of Gestational Diabetes

A pregnant woman is testing her blood sugar.The stick turned blue. The test was positive. You’re pregnant; and suddenly thinking of everything you need to do in order to make this a healthy and successful pregnancy for both you and baby. Among the most important things like diet, blood pressure and stress levels, gestational diabetes might want to be on your radar.

Approximately 2-5% of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy. Various pregnancy hormones and changes in body weight and composition cause insulin cells to be used less efficiently than before. In most cases, gestational diabetes is a temporary condition, but can be tricky to diagnose in some women who show less symptoms.

Symptoms can include:

  • Sugar in the urine
  • Unusual thirst
  • Frequent  urination
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Vaginal, bladder and skin infections

Screening for gestational diabetes is generally done in the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy. There are certain risk factors that can encourage a doctor to screen for it sooner. For instance, women over 30, those with a family history or women who experienced a stillbirth or gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy will likely be screened earlier in their prenatal care.

Check out BayCareMaternity.org for resources such as finding an OB/GYN, a free planning guide, and birth center tours.