Diabetes is a condition that causes high levels of glucose in your blood; glucose is a sugar that is your body's main source of energy. Health problems can occur when your glucose levels are too high. When diabetes starts during pregnancy it is called gestational diabetes and it is of special concern.
Gestational diabetes can occur when no risk factors or symptoms are present; therefore, pregnant women are tested for this condition. Gestational diabetes can potentially harm the health of your baby so close monitoring of your glucose levels during pregnancy is important.
The risk of having problems during your pregnancy is greatest when your blood sugar levels are too high. By controlling your blood sugar levels during your pregnancy, you can reduce the risk of:
You play a key role in controlling your diabetes during your pregnancy. Prenatal care is vitally important because it helps monitor your condition as well as that of your baby.
Steps you can take to manage your diabetes include:
If you develop gestational diabetes, you will be monitored closely during your pregnancy. Your doctor will conduct regular tests to detect any problems early so that steps can be taken to correct them. These tests may include: