Gestational Diabetes Directory
Gestational diabetes -- diabetes that develops during pregnancy -- is relatively common, affecting about 4% of all pregnant women. If untreated, gestational diabetes can cause serious complications for your baby. But with proper prenatal care, gestational diabetes can be detected and treated. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about gestational diabetes, including its causes, treatment, and much more.
Gestational Diabetes: Checking Your Blood Sugar
If you have gestational diabetes, you need to know when your blood sugar level is outside the safe range. Fortunately, you can see what your blood sugar level is anywhere and anytime by using a home blood sugar meter. Within a minute or two, you can know what your blood sugar level is.Key pointsKnowing your blood sugar level helps you treat low or high blood sugar before it becomes an ...
Gestational Diabetes: Dealing With Low Blood Sugar
Most women with gestational diabetes do not have problems with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Only women who take insulin shots are at risk for low blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar (glucose) drops very low, it is very important to be treated immediately so that neither you nor your baby is harmed.Key points Low blood sugar occurs when the sugar level in the blood drops below what the body
Screening for Gestational Diabetes-Topic Overview
Early detection Experts debate whether all pregnant women need to be tested for gestational diabetes. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has found insufficient evidence to recommend screening women with no risk factors for gestational diabetes. 1 But most doctors routinely test all pregnant women who are in their care. The American Diabetes Association recommends all women who are not ...
Gestational Diabetes-What Happens
Most women find out they have gestational diabetes after being tested between the 24th and 28th weeks of their pregnancy. Once you know you have gestational diabetes, you will need to make certain changes in the way you eat and how often you exercise to help keep your blood sugar level within a safe range. As you get farther along in your pregnancy, your body will continue to make more and more ..
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