Gestational diabetes is the occurrence of diabetes during pregnancy. There are numerous causes for the occurrence of gestational diabetes and most of the times, the symptoms are similar to the symptoms of diabetes.
Characterised by high blood sugars, gestational diabetes can cause numerous complications.
Generally, medical practitioners conduct a screening for gestational diabetes during the 24th and 28th week of the pregnancy with a fasting glucose test, a postprandial test, or an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).
Many pregnant women might not have noticeable symptoms of gestational diabetes, but it is common for them to have:
- Recurrent yeast infections.
- Increased thirst, dry mouth.
- Frequent urination.
- Blurry vision.
Since gestational diabetes leads to numerous complications for both the pregnant woman and the fetus, it is very important to avoid it with physical activity and proper diet even before pregnancy. For those already diagnosed with gestational diabetes, there is a need for aggressive treatment.