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Q&A: Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes?

What are some symptoms that could be a sign of gestational diabetes? And what are the dangers of the condition?

Good control of gestational diabetes is important during pregnancy. If left untreated, gestational diabetes can be serious for you and your baby. You will both be exposed to a high concentration of sugar, which is not healthy for either of you. You might experience polyhydramnios (excessive amounts of amniotic fluid). This may cause premature labor because the uterus becomes overdistended.

Symptoms of gestational diabetes include the following:

[   ] Blurred vision
[  ] Tingling or numbness in hands and/or feet
[  ] Excessive thirst
[   ] Frequent urination
[  ] Sores that heal slowly
[   ] Excess fatigue

A woman with gestational diabetes may have a long labor because the baby is quite large. Sometimes a baby cannot fit through the birth canal, and a Cesarean delivery is required.

If your blood-sugar level is high, you may experience more infections during pregnancy. The most common infections include those in the kidneys, the bladder, the cervix and the uterus.


| From _ Your Pregnancy Week By Week, 6/e by Glade Curtis, M.D. and Judith Schuler, M.S. Reprinted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2007. _ |

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