Today at P&B, I thought we'd look at a common pregnancy issue -- gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is one of...
Today at P&B, I thought we'd look at a common pregnancy issue -- gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is one of the most common health problems for pregnant women. On average there are around 200,000 cases each year. If gestational diabetes is left untreated it can cause health problems for both mother and baby. So, what is gestational diabetes? First, so that you can refer back I've listed some common terms associated with gestational diabetes and their basic definitions. Metabolism: The way your body uses food for energy. Glucose: A simple sugar and your body's main source of energy. Blood sugar: Used interchangeably with the term glucose. Insulin: A hormone made by your body that allows your body to successfully use glucose You can only get gestational diabetes if you're pregnant. If you have gestational diabetes it means your insulin and glucose levels are out of whack. Your body may not make enough insulin or your cells are just not using the insulin correctly -- either way, without insulin glucose cannot reach your cells and will build up in your blood. That's where the term "high blood sugar" comes from. To keep it simple, your stomach and intestines digest most of the food you eat into glucose. The glucose passes into your bloodstream and becomes ready for your body to use. However your body cannot use glucose successfully unless you have the right amount of insulin available in your body as well. Gestational diabetes can sound scary and it is serious but in fact, most women with gestational diabetes have healthy babies. Your care provider will outline a healthy diet, exercise, and weight plan for you. I'll be back all day with more information about gestational diabetes (and maybe some other fun stuff!) so stick around. If you want to learn more right away about gestational diabetes visit The American Diabetes Association.

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