Pregnancy and Diabetes

Why every pregnant woman should take note of diabetes and what precautions should be taken.


Someone once said you never understand life until it grows inside of you. While you are pregnant you should enjoy every moment of living this miracle.

And you deserve complete peace of mind about your own health and the health of your baby that is on the way. This is exactly why we at Diabetes West are so passionate about creating awareness amongst mothers-to-be.

Due to hormonal and metabolic changes in the body during pregnancy, women are highly vulnerable to the development of temporary gestational diabetes, even in women who weren’t diabetic before.

This may in turn lead to diabetes in mom or baby afterwards. In fact, international studies show that around 14% of women are affected by it, post-pregnancy.

Fortunately most women can control their gestational diabetes effectively and with the professional help of Diabetes West, you can do it too! Don’t take risks with your own health or that of your baby.

Click here to speak to us now so you can get tested as soon as possible.

Gestational diabetes (GD) is a type of diabetes that is first seen in a pregnant woman who did not have diabetes before she was pregnant. Some woman have more than one pregnancy affected by gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes usually shows up in the middle of the pregnancy. Doctors most often test for it between 24 and 28 weeks.

Although any pregnant woman can develop gestational diabetes, the following risk factors are linked to GD;

  • Being overweight
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Previous gestational diabetes
  • Previously delivered a baby weighing >4kg
  • A disorder called polycystic ovarian syndrome

Only a blood test can determine if you have GD. IF you have never had GD before, you will likely be tested between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy.

  • Injury during delivery due to a larger birth size
  • Low blood sugar level at birth due to increased insulin levels
  • Jaundice
  • Breathing problems due to early birth and underdeveloped lungs.
  • Developing type 2 diabetes later in life
  • Difficult labour, due to delivering a larger baby
    (You may require a caesarean delivery)
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Continuing to have diabetes after the baby is born
  • Developing type 2 diabetes later in life
    (50% chance in the next 10 years)
  • Eat a healthy diet as outlined by your healthcare provider
  • Get regular moderate exercise
  • Know your blood sugar level and keep it under control
  • Keep a daily record of your diet, physical activity and glucose level.
  • Take insulin and/or other medication as prescribed.
  • Maintain a healthy weight gain
  • Get tested for diabetes 6-8 weeks after your pregnancy and annually thereafter.

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Pregnancy and Diabetes

Why every pregnant woman should take note of diabetes and what precautions should be taken.