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  Pregnancy: Gestational Diabetes – Reason for test
My doctor wants me to take the blood sugar test for diabetes. I didn’t have diabetes before I got pregnant, and there is no history of it in my family, so I really don’t understand why he wants me to take the test.

It is extremely common for pregnant women to take the test for gestational diabetes, usually at around 28 weeks into the pregnancy. For various reasons, a small proportion of pregnant women develop diabetes during pregnancy. In the vast majority of these women, the diabetes is only temporary, and disappears once the baby is born. The pancreas just does not cope with the increased amount of sugar in the system during pregnancy. The problem is generally evident after 28 weeks because the hormones that are produced at that time can cause insulin resistance.

The result of this type of diabetes is that the blood is full of sugar. If the situation is not remedied, then there is a risk that the baby will grow extremely large, and also that the mother will be susceptible to pre-eclampsia. The solution is to control the blood sugar of the mother. Often this can be done by eating very carefully, so as to keep the blood sugar steady. Other healthy practices such as exercise and taking good care of yourself by resting and sleeping enough and being aware of how you feel when your blood sugar is elevated, are all positive elements in managing the situation.

If you are careful, and follow your doctor’s instruction in order to manage your blood sugar, then there is no reason why you should not deliver a healthy baby, should the test show that you have diabetes

See also:

Gestational Diabetes - Checking up on baby

Gestational Diabetes - Diet

Gestational Diabetes - Early delivery

Gestational Diabetes - Exercise

Gestational Diabetes - Insulin

Gestational Diabetes - Learning to manage

Gestational Diabetes - Management

Gestational Diabetes - Nutritional Support

Gestational Diabetes - Overweight

Gestational Diabetes - Symptoms

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