If you're pregnant, you're head is filled with unending questions and concerns. Is my baby healthy? Am I healthy? But do you think about your risk for gestational diabetes? Do you wonder if your exhibiting signs of Gestational Diabetes? Well here's a list of symptoms.
Remember, this isn't a diagnosis, but rather a starting point. If after reading this, you still have concerns, this would be a good time to see your doctor.
Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes and Pre-diabetes
1. Losing weight during pregnancy (or not gaining enough weight during late pregnancy) This is a sign that your body is not using the food that you are eating. This is not good.
2. Blurry vision particularly in the evening. When your blood sugar goes up it can affect your vision. May not notice it until evening when your blood sugar is the highest.
3. Increasing thirst as the day progresses. The solution to pollution is dilution. As your blood sugar increases throughout the day, you may get more thirsty. Drink water.
4. Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) Whenever your blood sugar is over 200 some of that sugar spills over into your bladder. That feeds the bacteria causing UTI’s.
5. More frequent urination particularly in the evening. When your blood sugar goes up, your body can help control it through increased urine. If you can go longer between restroom breaks in the morning but have to “go“ in the evening, you might check your sugar.
6. Increased hunger….. This is typical with pregnancy. With blood sugar problems, when you eat and your body can not use the food, your body signals you’re hungry.
7. Sleepy after eating a big meal. Again, this can be a normal sign of digestion, but it becomes predictable with uncontrolled diabetes.
8. Itchy skin Elevated blood sugars pull water out of your body. The result is dehydration. You become more thirsty and also can develop dry itchy skin.
9. Nausea in the morning. Again, this can be typical with pregnancy. But with diabetes this is a critical sign that your blood sugars have been out of control throughout the night. It is a sign of ketones which result from breaking down proteins for energy. Many doctors recommend using ketone urine check sticks in the morning especially when you are placed on insulin to control blood sugars. The best way to avoid this is to eat a bedtime snack and not go more than 10 hours between your bed time snack and breakfast. This condition can cause miscarriages. If your doctor recommends you do urine checks in the mornings, take it seriously.
Blood sugars during pregnancy are driven by increasing hormones. If you have gestational diabetes or Type 2 it will be challenging to control. If you need support during this time, consider my phone consultation services. The price of this service is dependent on the length of time before your delivery.
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