Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes or pregnancy-induced diabetes is a type of diabetes that can only happen during your pregnancy. It is important to seek good treatment for it because it can pose a risk for the baby. The baby may grow larger than usual, have breathing difficulties at birth, have increased risk of jaundice and fits. Once you deliver the baby, you no longer will have gestational diabetes. However, your chances of developing type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes during your next pregnancy increase. (50% in the next 10 years).

It’s likely that you developed it because you were overweight, have a  Family history of Type 2 diabetes. or had gestational diabetes in the previous pregnancy.

Once you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes:

  1. you need to take insulin as prescribed. We will guide you on how and when to take it.
  2. Your diet plan is specially tailored to your blood sugar levels and your baby’s needs. So, it’s important to follow it to the last detail. Try and stick to home-cooked food as much as possible to reduce risk of infections which could get worse because of gestational diabetes.
  3. You have to test your blood sugar levels regularly. It’s recommended you use a glucometer at home every day and do lab tests as suggested by us. Recording the blood sugar levels in a book or online is extremely important as it gives us hints to adjust your diet and dosage of insulin.
  4. If you feel very thirsty or experience dry mouth, feel hungrier than usual, are excessively tired and have a very strong urge to pass urine all the time, it indicates a change in your blood sugar levels.
  5. Avoid using public toilets as your risk of urinary infections increases with gestational diabetes.
  6. Please do not try any form of home remedy or take any food or medicine, even if it is herbal or Ayurvedic, other than what has specifically been prescribed to you.
  7. Do not skip any meals when you are on insulin, as it can cause low blood sugar, which can be dangerous for both you and baby. Also, take it only as prescribed. Don’t worry, it does not affect your baby.
  8. Don’t miss appointments with us. It is extremely important to keep close track of your blood sugar levels and modify treatment accordingly.
Dr. Ashutosh Sonawane