What is Gestational Diabetes?

29 Dec

gestational diabetes

One of the most common pregnancy complications is gestational diabetes.   Often, women notice no symptoms, but the condition is revealed through screening measures.

There are six risk factors your doctor will take into consideration before having you tested:

  1. Your age: If you are older then twenty five, you are at more of a risk than a woman under twenty five.
  2. Your ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Caucasian women have a lower risk than other ethnicities.
  3. Your weight: If you were overweight before the pregnancy, you run a higher risk.
  4. Your blood sugar: If your blood sugar was too high before the pregnancy, chances are you’ll have this condition.
  5. Your medical history: If your family has a history of diabetes, you’re a good candidate.
  6. Your previous pregnancy outcomes: If you developed gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy, chances are you’ll get it again.
Ways to lower your risk of gestational diabetes

If you want to lower your risk of getting gestational diabetes when you’re pregnant, there are some things that you can do.  The first is to make sure that you are eating a healthy diet.  If you lower the sugars and carbohydrates, and eat more fiber, you’ll lower your risk.  If you do this before you get pregnant and keep it up during pregnancy, you’ll lower your chances even more.

Secondly, be physically active.  Don’t stop exercising just because you’re pregnant, but keep active.  You should not be running marathons, but go for walks, garden swim, etc.

If you have any questions on how gestational diabetes may affect your feet, or how pregnancy in general affects your feet, contact us at PA Foot & Ankle Associates.

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