A healthy pregnancy is on a top priority of every expecting mother. But while every careful step is done in the process, there are inevitable times when pregnant mothers are faced with conditions that might put the baby’s health at risk.
Probably one of the pregnancy woes mothers wouldn’t want to deal with is gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). This condition is defined as having too much blood sugar in a woman’s body, which is due to hormones developed while being pregnant.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), pregnant woman who are at risk of GDM are most likely over the age of 25, have high blood pressure, and have a strong family history of diabetes. It is also common among overweight women and is expecting multiple babies.
Gestational diabetes, if not properly managed, may lead to having a big baby or a condition called macrosomia. High blood sugar from the body crosses to the baby through the placenta and can make the baby’s pancreas create more insulin. With this, the baby gains fat in the body, and can even result in a caesarean section delivery. There is also a higher risk of early labor.
Management of GDM
But women should not be afraid to beat GDM. While at home, mothers need to take precautionary measures to control their blood sugar.
A big step to take control of blood sugar is through self-monitoring. An easy way to track the sugar levels in no time is through using accurate blood glucose meter.
Women with gestational diabetes should monitor their blood glucose at least four times a day-to include both fasting and post-meal blood glucose measurement.
Checking your blood glucose
• Wash hands with soap and warm water
• Gentle massage the finger
• Place a test strip in the meter
• Prick the finger and gentle squeeze your fingertip to get the drop of blood
• Apply the blood drop to the test strip and the test result appears on the display in few seconds
After delivery, monitor blood sugar after 6-12 weeks to know if the diabetes is already gone.
Gestational diabetes can make pregnancy more stressful, but you can find support from your family, healthcare professionals and service provider partner. You may also be interested to know exclusive “GDM program” from Roche Diabetes Care at 02-7187575 / 02-7187588 / 09178978000.
To prevent diabetes from coming back even after delivery, choose a healthier life through a balanced diet and exercise.
Oct 2018 Health and Lifestyle