I thought seen as it is diabetes awareness week I would blog about it.
It is a very common condition and rates are on the increase: between 5-10% of women develop the condition in pregnancy. It usually occurs around the 24th to 28th week of pregnancy.
We know from research that women that are diagnosed with gestational diabetes are much more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in their live.
The really good news is that if you know you are susceptible to type 2 diabetes you can do heaps to prevent it later in life!!
Check out this site re management of gestational diabetes.
Because type 2 diabetes creeps into your body gradually over time and silently, many people don’t even know they have it till it has already caused damage to their blood vessels, nerve endings or kidneys. If you have been diagnosed with gestations diabetes you have been given an early warning sign, lucky you.
Gestational diabetes mellitus (sometimes referred to as GDM) is a form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. It is diagnosed when higher than normal blood glucose levels first appear during pregnancy.
All women are tested for gestational diabetes as part of the 24-28 week routine examination with their GP.
Breastfeeding is one of the important things you can do to help you and your baby if you have gestational diabetes.