Gestational diabetes 101

Gestational diabetes 101

What is that?

Basically: your blood sugar levels go dangerously out of whack due to:

  • your body freeing up more glucose for your baby
  • a high starch and/or sugar diet
  • a sedentary lifestyle
  • other pre-existing diabetic risk-factors.

Symptoms: rapid weight gain, feeling dizzy and/or light-headed after meals, constant thirst, craving sugar.

Why you don’t want it:

For starters, you'll be confronted with a myriad of scary sounding outcomes including death. Depending on the perspective of your caregiver, you may be given insulin therapy - a practice that some doctors now believe worsens your chances of recovery. and potentially put on the induction and C-section track due to the purported risks of delivering a “big baby”.

Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes already have increased insulin resistance, which can - with the wrong diet, develop into full-blown diabetes in the future.

Research indicates that 3/4 of women with gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 Diabetes within the next five years, possibly because of the insulin therapy they receive to treat it.