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Gestational diabetes, is it common?

Key points

  • 8% to 17% of pregnant women are diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
  • A mom with diabetes can breastfeed without restrictions.
  • Breastfeeding has many benefits for the mother and her baby.

Gestational diabetes, diagnosed during pregnancy, is very common in our country so don’t worry! Below we will give you information so that you know how to have a safe pregnancy.

As in any type of diabetes, timely diagnosis is very important to have a safe pregnancy for you and your baby, so if you are in weeks 24 to 28, we recommend that you perform a test known as a glucose tolerance test.

It is important to make this diagnosis since untreated gestational diabetes is associated with maternal complications such as:

  • Infections
  • Hypertension
  • Breathing problems.
  • Change in blood sugar levels
  • Problems regulating temperature
  • Premature birth

How to control gestational diabetes?

Many times it can be controlled only with a supervised eating plan, but sometimes it is necessary to start treatment according to what the specialist determines. It is important to perform constant glucose measurements at home and keep close communication with your doctor to achieve adequate control of your blood sugar levels since having a successful and healthy pregnancy both for you and for your baby depends on this.

Postpartum gestational diabetes

You must know that if you wish you can breastfeed without restrictions. Remember that this has multiple benefits for you and your baby. Reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. In addition, breastfed babies have a lower risk of being diagnosed with diabetes, obesity, and metabolic diseases.

Just remember to ask your doctor. At ABC Medical Center we have a comprehensive program at our Ob-Gyn Center that can help you have better control before, during, and after pregnancy.

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