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What are the most common symptoms of gestational diabetes?

What are the most common symptoms of gestational diabetes?

Most commonly none: There can be no symptoms at all for the mother. That's why we screen all mothers during pregnancy. However, gestational diabetes can cause "macrosomia" in the fetus. Macrosomia is an overly large infant. Growth measurements of the fetus during pregnancy show a fetus that is over the 90th percentile for size. What causes the large size of the infant is high blood levels of glucose in the mother. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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How common is it for somebody to get gestational diabetes?

Getting more common: Gestational diabetes is reported to happen to 2-10% of pregnant women, but the incidence is increasing in the U.S. Because of the increasing obesity of americans, our relatively poor diets, and sedentary lifestyles. ...Read more

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Gestational diabetes question? What are the first symptoms that you might have it?

Gestational diabetes question? What are the first symptoms that you might have it?

Varies: The symptoms vary with each person. Some has no symptoms but the 4 common symptoms are: increased thirst, increased urination, increased hunger and blurred vision. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about gestational diabetes symptom and retinal detatchment?

Can you tell me about gestational diabetes symptom and retinal detatchment?

Not common: It is not common to get diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment from gestational diabetes. It is still possible to get a retinal detachment from any other cause. Symptoms of retinal detachment include flashing lights, many new floaters, and a dark curtain that comes across your vision. Any of these symptoms require urgent evaluation by a specialist eye MD. ...Read more

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Does gestational diabetes cause dizziness? 26 wks, dizzy after eating. Does GD have symptoms?

Does gestational diabetes cause dizziness? 26 wks, dizzy after eating. Does GD have symptoms?

Hypoglycemia : Is very common during pregnancy. Try to avoid refined sugar.When you do have sugar, eating protein and complex carbs along with it should help. Talk to your physician about this dizziness. There can be other causes. Drink plenty of water. Gestational diabetes has no symptoms. ...Read more

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16wks pregnant w/4th child. No history of Gestational Diabetes. Are there any symptoms that will help me recognize it? How can it be prevented?

16wks pregnant w/4th child.
No history of Gestational Diabetes.
Are there any symptoms that will help me recognize it?
How can it be prevented?

Hard to tell: GD is a difficult process to sort out during pregnancy by symptoms, like urinating more often, because you will anyway.Prenatal visits will routinely include a urine test for sugar, and a timed blood test to detect response to a sugar load. As long as you keep up with the routine visits, it would be picked up early enough to help. ...Read more

Dr. Alison Stuebe
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Gestational Diabetes (Definition)

Gestational diabetes occurs in women who are pregnant. Prior to becoming pregant the woman was not diabetic and once the woman delivers the baby the diabetes goes away, although she has a higher chance of getting non-insulin-dependent diabetes in the future. With gestational diabetes, hormones from the pregnancy ...Read more


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Diabetes Onset During Pregnancy (Definition)

Gestational diabetes is the onset of diabetes in the mother during pregnancy. Symptoms include increased thirst and increased urination, and may lead to a ...Read more