How will I know that I have gestational diabetes during my pregnancy?

What are the indicators of gestational diabetes in expecting mothers?
Gestational diabetes is diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and usually resolves after delivery. There are numerous signs and symptoms that vary between individuals that indicate gestational diabetes such as increased thirst, dry mouth, fatigue, increase in urination, etc. If you notice these signs, you should consult your doctor for evaluation.

Gestational diabetes could pose serious health risks to the mother and her baby. In addition, if left untreated, a woman with the disease is more susceptible to infections, ketoacidosis, hypoglycemia, and pre-eclampsia. Therefore, it is crucial to get tested for gestational diabetes and prevent any complications at the earliest. This article discusses whether gestational diabetes can be asymptomatic. We will also explain how a pregnant woman can know if she has gestational diabetes. 

Can gestational diabetes be asymptomatic?

Yes. It is possible for gestational diabetes to be asymptomatic. In such cases, a woman may have the condition without experiencing any noticeable symptoms. Gestational diabetes affects only pregnant women and occurs in women who have never had diabetes before. That’s why it’s important for pregnant women to be screened for gestational diabetes as a routine part of prenatal care. It is important even if they feel healthy and have no symptoms. Early detection and treatment of gestational diabetes can help reduce the risk of complications for both the mother and the baby.

Can a pregnant woman know that she is suffering from gestational diabetes?

In many cases, a pregnant woman with gestational diabetes may not experience any noticeable symptoms. This is why doctors recommend routine screening for the condition during pregnancy. However, some women with gestational diabetes may experience symptoms such as 

  • Feeling thirsty
  • Having a dry mouth with increased thirst
  • Extreme fatigue and lethargy
  • Excessive urge to urinate
  • Blurred vision
  • Feeling extreme nausea (maybe even vomiting) after eating
  • Tingling sensation in the extremities

If you begin to notice any of these symptoms you should consult your doctor. These symptoms can also be indicative of other conditions, so it’s important to undergo proper medical testing to determine the cause of these symptoms. 

Gestational diabetes usually shows up in the middle of pregnancy. Doctors most often test for it between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. If you have gestational diabetes, you need to follow a strict diet and exercise plan. You should also monitor your blood sugar levels regularly or take medications as advised by your doctor.

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