##### Gestational Diabetes During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is an exciting time for any expecting mother. Every expecting mother wants to have a healthy pregnancy without any complications. Although most pregnancies go smoothly, there are some conditions that may occur and can be quite serious if not monitored and treated properly. One of those conditions is gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that only occurs during pregnancy and affects both the expecting mother and the baby. This condition develops when the body’s ability to process and utilize glucose (sugar) is impaired. For most expecting mothers, this condition can be well managed with proper diet and lifestyle modifications.
##### Signs and Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes
The signs and symptoms of gestational diabetes can vary from mother to mother, but some of the common signs and symptoms include:
* Increased thirst and frequent urination
* Fatigue and exhaustion
* Blurred vision
* Weight loss
* Nausea and vomiting
If any of these signs and symptoms are present, it is important to speak to a doctor or healthcare provider as soon as possible.
##### Risk Factors for Developing Gestational Diabetes
When it comes to gestational diabetes, there are several factors that can increase the risk of developing this condition. Some of the risk factors for gestational diabetes include:
* Age: Women aged 25 or older are at higher risk
* High body weight: Women who are overweight or obese are at greater risk
* Previous pregnancy history: If you have had gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy, you are at higher risk of developing it again.
Additionally, women who have a family history of diabetes may also be at higher risk as well.
##### Complications of Gestational Diabetes
When it comes to gestational diabetes, it is important to be aware of the potential complications that may occur. Some of the potential complications that may arise include:
* Fetal Macrosomia: When the baby is larger than average
* Low blood sugar in baby after birth
* Premature birth
* High blood sugar levels for mother in labor
Gestational diabetes can be a complex condition to manage, but with proper diet and lifestyle modifications, it can be managed effectively. It is important to speak to your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.
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