8 COMMON SYMPTOMS OF GESTATIONAL DIABETES YOU NEVER REALIZED
Reed Wilson in a diabetes loophole program eBook reveals that gestational diabetes is a relatively common complication of pregnancy that usually occurs in women. It is a high blood sugar level that develops or evolves during pregnancy. According to lettered researchers, gestational diabetes occurs about 4-6% in all pregnant women. It, therefore, causes the fetus to be larger than usual. And more so, the delivery of a baby becomes more complicated as a result. Immediately after birth, the baby is at risk of developing low blood glucose (hypoglycemia).
Still, on the same premise, gestational diabetes begins between week 24 and week 28 of pregnancy when hormones emanating from the placenta block insulin- a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps the body turn sugar into energy. Often times this disorder occurs around the second trimester of pregnancy and vanishes after a woman gives birth.
Indeed, it is possible to have a greater risk of developing gestational diabetes if you are:
- Obese before and during pregnancy
- Having high blood pressure or other medical complications
- Have given birth to a large (greater than 9 pounds) baby before
- Had gestational diabetes in previous pregnancies
- Having a family history of diabetes
- Older than 30
However, women with gestational diabetes usually have no symptoms as this disorder hardly causes noticeable signs. Invariably, most women get to know that they have gestational diabetes during routine pregnancy screenings. Therefore, if the diabetes is out of control, one may notice the following symptoms and diagnosis:
Hunger and Fatigue:
This is one major symptom of diabetes. Your body converts the food you eat into glucose then your cells use it for energy. If the body does not have sufficient insulin or the cells resist the insulin then you have no energy. The body consistently becomes lethargic and sluggish. And this makes you more hungry and tired than normal.
Peeing more often and thirstier:
According to an empirical fact, an average person usually urinates between 4 to 7 times in 24 hours, but folks with gestational diabetes may pee a lot more. The reason simply is not far- fetched because your body reabsorbs glucose and passes through your kidneys. Regrettably, when diabetes pushes the blood sugar high, the kidney may not be able to bring it all back in. This causes the body system to waste more fluids through continual urine. When you pee for a good many times, you can get very thirsty. Ironically, when you drink more, you will also pee more.
Dry mouth and itchy skin:
As your body is using fluids to make pee, there is little or no moisture for other body activities. Hence, you could get dehydrated, and your mouth may feel dry. Dry skin also can make you itchy.
Consistent changing of fluid levels in your body could make the lenses in your eyes swell up. Thereby making the eyes change shape and lose their ability to focus,
Slow-healing sores or cuts:
Over time, high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) can adversely affect your blood flow and result to nerve damage which makes it pretty hard for your body to heal wounds.
Pain or numbness in your feet or legs:
This is another result of nerve damage.
Unplanned weight loss:
If the body is unable to pick up energy from food, it will, in turn, start burning muscle and fat for energy instead. It is highly possible you lose weight even though you haven’t changed how and when you eat.
Nausea and vomiting:
The body makes ‘ketones’ when it resorts to burning fat. Ketones (chemically known as ketone bodies) are byproducts of the breakdown of fatty acids. They can build up in your blood to dangerous levels and can deteriorate to a possibly life threatening condition called ‘diabetic ketoacidosis’. Ketones can, therefore, make you feel severely sick to your stomach.
National Institute of Health (NIH) explicitly stated that women who have had gestational diabetes should be closely monitored immediately after birth because they are more likely to develop diabetes later in future. It’s pathetic and depressing to state that most women who develop gestational diabetes have no risk factors.
A study report by March of Dimes revealed that gestational diabetes often occurs repeatedly among certain groups including Africans, Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Asians, and Pacific Islanders.