According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), it develops most frequently in expectant women with no previous diabetes history. The following indications and symptoms are associated with gestational diabetes:
Increased or frequent urination
a lack of energy
Loss of weight accompanied by an increase in appetite
sickness and vomiting
However, for the vast majority of pregnant women, there are no observable symptoms of gestational diabetes, which is precisely why screening tests are the most important recommendation for all pregnant women. Gestational diabetes, like other varieties of diabetes, impairs glucose utilization by body cells. If a woman develops gestational diabetes, she may need to see her doctor more frequently than usual. Nonetheless, the doctor will examine every expectant woman to rule out gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes causes a woman to have high blood sugar levels, which can affect both the health of the mother and the infant. During the last trimester of pregnancy, the symptoms of gestational diabetes are most likely to develop and require immediate medical attention. Blood sugar levels typically return to normal following delivery. However, if you have gestational diabetes, you may be at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. You will be required to undergo more frequent blood glucose monitoring. Many expectant women exhibit no symptoms or indications of gestational diabetes.
In fact, the only way to determine gestational diabetes is through a blood glucose test, which is typically administered between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. Some women may experience the following symptoms and indications of gestational diabetes:
Fatigue: Pregnant women are exhausted due to the effort required to sustain and develop a child. Consequently, gestational diabetes may cause you to feel even more exhausted than usual.
Increased thirst: Constantly feeling parched and drinking more than usual may be a symptom of gestational diabetes.
A parched or patchy mouth that is not caused by excessive consumption may be a symptom of gestational diabetes.
Diabetes that develops during pregnancy typically disappears shortly after delivery, but this is not always the case. Due to the fact that insulin resistance is caused by hormonal and metabolic changes that occur during pregnancy, genuine gestational diabetes must be treated promptly after childbirth. Consequently, when diagnosing a woman with gestational diabetes during pregnancy, we typically find that she has pre-gestational diabetes. Pre-gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs prior to pregnancy and includes type 2 and type 1 diabetes, as well as rarer forms of diabetes such as Cystic Fibrosis or diabetes induced by medication. Postpartum, pregestational diabetes cannot be cured. If you are diagnosed with pre-gestational diabetes during pregnancy, your physician will outline a treatment plan. This may include lifestyle and dietary changes, as well as the use of oral medications or insulin. (21, 22, 23)