Gestational Diabetes

Friday, June 02, 2017

Diabetes is one of the most common complications of pregnancy. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses gestational diabetes and the possible effects on both mother and baby.

Dr. Hill:

Gestational diabetes mellitus is a type of diabetes that develops in some women during pregnancy. They are not able to produce enough insulin to keep their blood sugar within an acceptable range. High blood sugar is usually found between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy.

Gestational diabetes differs from other forms of diabetes in that it starts during pregnancy and usually goes away after the baby is born.

Gestational diabetes puts you at risk for developing high blood pressure during pregnancy. Your fetus could gain extra weight, complicating delivery. Women with gestational diabetes are at risk of having it in future pregnancies. They also have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Almost all women are tested for gestational diabetes between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy. Women with a high risk for the disease are tested earlier.

If diet and exercise do not keep your blood sugar in an acceptable range, you will need insulin injections to protect you and your babys health.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.