How Do I Make Sure My Baby Is Not Being Affected By Gestational Diabetes?

Affected by Gestational Diabetes?

Affected by Gestational DiabetesAs a future mom, it is common for you to worry about the health of your baby even if the little one is still in your womb. Thus, when your obstetrician broke the news to you about your gestational diabetes condition, you might have immediately thought about the effects that this condition may have on your baby. This concern is nothing but normal, and this is a question that is frequently asked by mothers about their condition. Are there adverse effects on my baby and if so, is there something that I can do about it?

Is My Baby Affected by Gestational Diabetes?

Because your baby is inside your body, there will certainly be risks posed on your baby while you have gestational diabetes. Although there is a barrier created by the placenta between the mother and the baby so that certain substances and bacteria affecting the mother will not affect the baby, this barrier does not protect the baby from the effects of gestational diabetes. Glucose can still cross the barrier, since the baby’s nutrition depends on the mother. In addition, the baby’s pancreas is not yet mature enough to produce enough insulin, so any excess of glucose can be pretty detrimental to the baby.

If gestational diabetes remains uncontrolled, your baby may accumulate fats around the trunk and shoulders because of the excess glucose coming from the mother. Hence, vaginal delivery might become impossible, so you will either have to subject yourself to a caesarean section, or deliver the baby prematurely because he is already too big to be in your womb.

If you still try to deliver your baby vaginally, shoulder fracture might occur. Since your baby also go used to high amounts of glucose when he was still in the womb, the baby’s pancreas might continue to produce a lot of insulin even after birth, so that baby gets the risk of developing hypoglycemia or low blood sugar after birth. Studies also show that babies born of gestational diabetics have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus later in life.

How Can I Prevent My Condition from Affecting My Baby? Affected by Gestational Diabetes

The only way that you can prevent the aforementioned complications is to control your blood glucose levels throughout your pregnancy. Gestational diabetics need more prenatal checkups compared to other women who have normal pregnancies.

Your obstetrician might subject you to several tests to determine whether or not your baby is having problems related to your gestational diabetes. An ultrasound can show the growth and development of your baby, letting you know whether or not your baby is growing too fast because of high levels of blood sugar in your bloodstream.

A non-stress test can also be done to see if your baby’s heart rate is normal, hence letting the doctors assess the health of your baby. This test is usually done towards the end of pregnancy. Fetal monitoring will also be done during labor and delivery so as to determine the indications of distress caused by gestational diabetes.

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About Mathea

Thanks for listening, I am a registered dietitian who had gestational diabetes and I want to help you find your way through this tough time. I have written several books and I have a book on Amazon about Gestational Diabetes Meal Plans.

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