Do you know Gestational Diabetes?
Founder of Teatis Tea
This is a detailed guide on how to screen gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 10% of pregnant women in the US suffer from Gestational Diabetes, a type of diabetes that affects pregnant women, especially. Usually, they recover after pregnancy, but the risk of diabetes type 2 increases in later life. Gestational diabetes is the intolerance to carbohydrates with recognition or onset of pregnancy. There are two forms of gestational diabetes, one controlled by diet and food. The other requires insulin as management. Our focus is to help you manage your risk of gestational diabetes by dietary means.
Gestational diabetes occurs due to low levels of a hormone named insulin, which is necessary for maintaining the blood sugar level of your body. During pregnancy, the insulin levels struggle to manage the higher demands of the body. Gestational diabetes can occur at any stage of pregnancy. But the most common time is the second and third trimester.
For most women, gestational diabetes doesn’t cause significant symptoms, and some may confuse it with pregnancy. But you may feel,
- Thirstier than usual
- Dry mouth
- Hunger and eating frequently
- Drinking and peeing more than usual
Researchers have no confirmation yet about why it is caused. But it occurs most often due to hormonal disturbance during pregnancy. Your pancreas produces insulin that manages the level of blood sugar in your body. But during pregnancy, due to hormonal disruption, your body is filled up with more sugar, causing gestational diabetes.
Having a family history of diabetes, obesity, previous overweight births, having a family member with diabetes, polycystic ovary disease, and high blood pressure are major risk factors of gestational diabetes.
High blood sugar levels in the mother during pregnancy lead to significant problems for the mother and the child.
In the mother, it may cause diabetic ketoacidosis, retinopathy, nephropathy, and increased risk of diabetes in the future.
These Include enlarged baby, polyhydramnios (increased amniotic fluid), premature birth (before 37th week of pregnancy), pre-eclampsia (a condition causing high blood pressure during delivery), and even death of your baby (Stillbirth).
Gestational Diabetes can be screened during the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy by self-monitoring blood glucose levels or screening glycosylated hemoglobin in the blood (HbA1c).
The goal is to maintain your pre-prandial blood sugar level below 95 mg/dl and postprandial blood sugar level below 140 mg/dl.
There are two forms of gestational diabetes, one managed by diabetic control and food, and the other required medication.
Dietary control requires eating healthy, exercise regularly, and starting your pregnancy at a healthy weight. CALM Teatis Tea (Turmeric & Ginger flavor) is also the best mosaic of all the essential ingredients required to control postprandial blood sugar levels.
The medications include the use of metformin or Insulin.
- Eating a healthy diet
- Staying active
- Monitoring your blood sugar regularly
- Losing extra weight
*Make sure to check with your doctor before making lifestyle changes or trying new supplements.
This is particularly important if you are pregnant.