It is common knowledge that pregnant women must take good care of themselves, as they are not responsible only for themselves, but for their babies too. Everything related to the mother can affect the baby too, like the mother’s eating habits, her rest time, and so on and so forth. The risk is even greater when women have other medical conditions. Doctors suggest that gestational diabetes can lead to complications, delivery difficulties, and have consequences for the newborns.
A small study has been carried out, and it shows that gestational diabetes is not the only factor which can trigger health problems for babies. The researchers say that mothers’ high glucose levels are enough to cause complications during pregnancy. This can lead to conditions such as fetal macrosomia, preeclampsia or shoulder dystocia, according to the study.
Fetal macrosomia is a condition which makes babies larger than average, regardless of their gestational age. There is also a high risk of obesity with these children when they grow up.
Researchers draw people’s attention that there are risks for both mothers and their babies when it comes to gestational diabetes. This is a condition which develops in women after they get pregnant, although before they didn’t have diabetes.
Researchers are not sure about the glucose threshold. More than two hundred thousand future mothers were involved in this study. After giving birth, their babies were also monitored. Although women receive medical treatment for high glucose level and gestational diabetes, it doesn’t prevent the condition and doesn’t eliminate the risk of complications.
There are other studies which suggest that gestational diabetes is most likely to strike on summer rather than other times of the year. A Swedish group of experts conducted some research and analyzed the situation of more than ten thousand pregnant women. The results showed that about five hundred of the participants involved in the trials had gestational diabetes.
The pregnant women have been monitored throughout the nine months of their pregnancy. Researchers observed that their glucose level was lower in spring months than in summer months. Actually, the analyses show that they have been increasing in June, July, and August. There were about fifty percent chances of increased gestational diabetes too.
The problem of gestational diabetes is delicate, and doctors are still trying to find the best way that they could deal with it. They hope that they will soon be able to help pregnant women solve this problem efficiently.
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