Diabetes During Pregnancy
Expectant mothers are careful to take any and all precautions to ensure optimum health for themselves, and their babies.  Some medical conditions, including diabetes, can pose particular concern for both mother and child.  It can, however, be successfully moderated and treated.

The American Association of Diabetes has indicated that there are two types of diabetes: Type II and I.  Type I diabetes affects mostly children and adolescents, while Type II is often indicated in overweight adults.  In some cases, diabetes is directly related to certain genetic problems.

There is another type of diabetes that is of particular importance to pregnant women.  Is it possible for a woman to develop diabetes during pregnancy?  Should a woman with diabetes be concerned about her pregnancy?  Can there be a relation between diabetes and pregnancy?  These are important questions to ask a healthcare practitioner, as a woman who suffers from diabetes has many particular considerations to take into account before becoming pregnant.  A diabetic mother who is carrying a child must appreciate the risks, and needs to treat her pregnancy with a great deal of discipline.

The Third Type of Diabetes?


Aside from Type I and Type II diabetes, mothers who wish to have a baby must be aware that there is another possibility for acquiring diabetes. This condition, known as gestational diabetes, is developed during the late stages of pregnancy. Although this type of diabetes will disappear after the birth of the child, the mother will face a higher probability of acquiring Type II diabetes later in life.

There is indeed a direct link between diabetes and pregnancy, and expectant mothers must be very careful about this condition.  The body resists the assimilation of insulation, making this condition similar to Type II diabetes.  The symptoms, however, are a bit different than those presented by the typical Type II diabetic.

A mother with gestational diabetes may notice an unusually high increase in weight. This happens because the high levels of glucose in the blood will result in an increase in fetal urination.  Pregnant women should be tested during the 24th to 28th weeks of pregnancy to ensure that they are not affected.

Gestational diabetes is quite rare, affecting only 2% to 3% of the total population of pregnant women, and there are some factors that can increase the risk of acquiring the condition:

* Age (older women are at greater risk)
* Being overweight
* Family history of Type II diabetes
* Ethnic background
* Gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy
* Previous birth of a child weighing nine pounds or more

A woman with any or several of these potential risks should speak with her doctor about the possibility of acquiring gestational diabetes.

Statistics show that as many as 40% of the women who suffered from gestational diabetes went on to develop Type II diabetes over a period of 5 to 10 years following pregnancy.  If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, be sure to follow your doctor's instructions carefully in order to avoid contracting Type II diabetes later in life.  Although many people lead normal lives with Type II diabetes, it's best to avoid it.

Gestational diabetes is a condition that poses certain risks to expectant mothers, but it can be controlled.  Speak with your obstetrician or healthcare provider to learn more about the causes, preventions and treatments to ensure the best health for you, and your baby.