Risk Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes
If you are at high risk for diabetes, or show signs such as sugar in your urine, your caregiver will likely recommend a glucose-screen test at your first prenatal visit and again at 24 to 28 weeks if the first result is negative.
There aren’t really symptoms for gestational diabetes, but you are considered high risk for the condition if you have sugar in your urine, you are obese, have had gestational diabetes in a past pregnancy, and/or have a family history of diabetes.
Some practitioners may also screen patients who have previously given birth to a large baby, had a baby with a birth defect, you are more than 35 years old, or if you have high blood pressure.
If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, there are some things you can do to keep your glucose levels on track. These include:
- Eat a well-balanced diet, with meals and snacks planned in advance based on your height and weight
- Don’t skip meals and avoid sugary items such as candy, cakes and soda
- Maintain a moderate exercise level to help your body process glucose
- It may be necessary to take insulin