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During your pregnancy, your doctor will give you a gestational diabetes screening. In most cases, you will need to drink a liquid that is heavily sugared. Then, blood is drawn. If your doctor finds that your body has high levels of blood sugars, then he will treat you for gestational diabetes.
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Before you panic, though, realize that about 4% of all pregnant women will suffer from this condition. You do not have to have diabetes prior to being pregnant either. Through proper treatment of the gestational diabetes on your doctor's part and your part, though, you may not have any complications at all from your condition.
In most cases, there will be no noticeable symptoms of gestational diabetes. You may experience such things as increased thirst, need to urinate often and increased hunger, but this can be attributed to pregnancy in general as well.
Throughout your pregnancy, your doctors will collect urine samples from you. This will be continuously monitored for high blood sugar. As mentioned, you are more than likely going to take a glucose tolerance test as well. There are two levels of testing done. Your blood sugar will be tested in each to determine if you have gestational diabetes.
Treatment of gestational diabetes often involves careful planning. The most effective way of treating it is by maintaining a healthy, balanced diet. The diet will be restrictive of sugary foods. Exercise is also a key factor. If these methods of treatment do not work, the woman may be required to take insulin shots on a regular basis. Treatment does involve monitoring of blood sugars through testing methods at least once a week.
In some cases, women can prevent getting gestational diabetes by having a healthy diet and getting the right amount of exercise. Women who are 20% or more over their ideal body weight can lower their chances by losing weight. Maintaining an ideal weight for the height of a person is a key factor in avoiding gestational diabetes.