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Understanding the risks associated with gestational diabetes

Expectant couples in Queens may go through their entire pregnancies hoping that once the moment to deliver their babies arrives, they will be able to avoid any complications that might result in birth injuries. What many may not understand is that the seeds of complications are often planted during the prenatal process. Certain conditions can contribute to the risk of delivery issues. One such condition is gestational diabetes.

The website Healthline.com defines gestational diabetes as high blood sugar levels that manifest in women typically during the 24th and 28th weeks of their pregnancies. With an occurrence rate of over 9 percent, this ranks among the most common prenatal conditions expecting mothers may experience. Aside from presenting risks to the mother’s health, gestational diabetes can increase the risk of the following complications with babies:

  • Miscarriage
  • High birth weights
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Preterm labor
  • Certain birth defects

It is left to doctors to determine whether or not their patients may be at risk of or suffering from gestational diabetes. Risk factors include mothers whose body mass index is greater than 30, as well as having a family history of diabetes. Symptoms of the condition itself can be Increased fatigue, sudden weight loss, frequent infections or the sudden onset of consistent nausea and vomiting.

Gestational diabetes can be managed, but only if doctors recognize and treat it correctly. Information shared by The Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine shows that the symptoms of gestational diabetes can often mirror those of overt diabetes, which requires different treatment. Doctors should recognize this fact and conduct the necessary confirmatory tests to exclude this possibility before a misdiagnosis can be rendered. 

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