Gestational diabetes risks are higher in some pregnant women, depending on their overall health, diet and lifestyle. During pregnancy, women with Type 1 diabetes spend 10 hours every day with sugar levels outside recommended levels. Hormonal changes during pregnancy coupled with diabetes make regulating blood sugar levels difficult, which can have negative consequences.
However, some pregnant women can lower the risk of Gestational Diabetes with diet and exercise. Here is just one such story from a first time mum who learned Hypnobirthing for healthier childbirth and how she dealt with the news of having developed Gestational Diabetes during her pregnancy.
Of course, there will be pregnant women who will need further assistance to manage the Gestational Diabetes. It is best to get as much information as you can, to help you manage your needs. Below is an article of interest worth reading.
People with Type 1 diabetes are unable to control their blood sugar levels because their pancreas stop producing insulin. Diabetes can be controlled by regular insulin injections, but it becomes more complicated during pregnancy. Type 1 diabetes self-management is particularly challenging during pregnancy due to physiological and hormonal changes.
The safe range for blood sugar levels is much narrower during pregnancy; high or low levels, which would be fine for an adult, can adversely affect a baby.
Dr Helen Murphy, from Cambridge University, told the BBC: “Half of all babies born to mothers with Type 1 diabetes are overweight or obese at birth because of too much sugar in the blood”.
BBC reveals the latest research into artificial pancreas
An artificial pancreas given to pregnant women with diabetes could save mothers’ lives and improve the health of their babies, researchers say.
“High blood glucose levels increase the risk of congenital malformation, stillbirth, neonatal death, preterm delivery, macrosomia [oversized babies] and neonatal admission. So to discover an artificial pancreas can help maintain near-normal glucose levels in these women is very promising”.
Read more: full article is available on BBC