Glucose intolerance during pregnancy is actually referred to as Gestational Diabetes. It is what women experience while they are pregnant whether they had prior diabetes issues or not. It is fairly
common. For those that are not aware of what glucose intolerance means during pregnancy, well it's pretty much a sign of high blood sugars that starts or is initially found while you are pregnant. The cause of glucose intolerance during
pregnancy is basically your pregnancy hormones which can at time block the hormone insulin from performing its duties. As a results, when this happens, glucose levels can increase in your blood.
Not everyone is at risk, but here are some of the risk factors that may improve the chances of you developing gestational diabetes. If you are over the age of twenty-five or have a family history of diabetes you are at great risk. Also, if you
have previously given birth to a baby that weighed 9lbs or more at birth, have high sugar levels in your urine, deal with high blood pressure, contain too much amniotic fluids or you yourself were overweight during or before pregnancy.
In most cases, there are very mild or even no symptoms of glucose intolerance and tend not to be life threatening to women. Most women go through their pregnancy without even knowing they have gestational diabetes unless their doctors finds
it during a test. Also, after birth the blood sugars levels of the mothers goes back to normal shortly. Symptoms of glucose intolerance may be found on our site using the left hand menu.
Treatment of glucose intolerance during pregnancy revolves around the goal of keeping your blood sugar levels within the required limits for the duration of the pregnancy. This ensure that the baby is growing healthy. During the pregnancy,
your baby and his or her growth will be monitored closely as well as the heartbeat. The most effective and common method to control glucose levels is through diet and exercise. Even though you may have cravings that you may think are out
of your control, this is not the case and you should follow healthy foods for the sake of your health and your baby. You may need to talk to a dietician to help you with your daily meals and food decisions. Some women may need the use of
insulin to help control the levels if diet and exercise is not effective.
Women with gestational diabetes tend to have larger babies which may lead to a C-section. Your baby is also more than likely to have periods of low blood sugars during his or her first days. Also, many women whom experience gestational
diabetes during pregnancy will develop a case of diabetes within 5-10 years following their delivery.