Gestational diabetes can affect the health of both the mother and baby. To prevent birth complications, it is important for doctors to monitor an expectant mother's blood sugar and provide appropriate treatment.
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Complications Of Gestational Diabetes (GB)
If blood sugar levels are not carefully managed, gestational diabetes can lead to a number of health complications, including:
- Excessive birth weight
- Early birth
- Respiratory distress in a newborn
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in the baby, leading to seizures
- Increased risk of the baby developing Type 2 diabetes later in life
- Preeclampsia in the mother
- Increased risk of the mother developing Type 2 diabetes
You are more likely to develop gestational diabetes during the later stages of your pregnancy. It typically does not cause any noticeable symptoms. For this reason, it is important for doctors to be proactive in evaluating your risk for gestational diabetes and providing proper treatment and care to manage blood sugar levels. Treatment for gestational diabetes includes dietary changes, exercise and, if necessary, medication.