Thursday, May 13, 2010
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that some women develop during pregnancy. It's a condition that can be dangerous if not treated.
Maddie Blevins is swigging down a special sugar drink for her test that will show the doctor if she has developed gestational diabetes during her pregnancy. "It tastes like pure sugar," Blevins says, "We can find out if some is anemic if they have any problems with their blood and what their blood sugar is and we can diagnose gestational diabetes."
Most pregnant women are checked between 24-28 weeks. If an expecting mom does have gestational diabetes. The doctor will monitor her closely and she'll be on a special diet and exercise program. Insulin shots may be needed.
Doctors say most women with gestational diabetes and babies do just fine as long as the sugar levels are controlled. If you are an expecting mother or you plan to start a family, check out the child education classes at Wesley Medical Center.