What Causes Gest Diabetes

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J - May 13

Just wondered haven't had my screening yet.


KH - May 13

We don't know what causes gestational diabetes, but we have some clues. The placenta supports the baby as it grows. Hormones from the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones also block the action of the mother's insulin in her body. This problem is called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance makes it hard for the mother's body to use insulin. She may need up to three times as much insulin. Gestational diabetes starts when your body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be changed to energy. Glucose builds up in the blood to high levels. This is called hyperglycemia. from http://www.diabetes.org/gestational-diabetes.jsp


j - May 13



nini - May 19

well i have been diagnosed with gd about a week ago and as depressed as i'am i try to find out as much as possible.The dietician told me that stress has alot to do with it,so try to stay calm,a family history can play a role and also drinking and eating to many sugars but there is probaly 100 more reasons that for now i'am unaware of


~S~ - May 20

I just did my screening and my results came back, I'm not too sure if I do infact have GD, but my doctor did say that I have sugar in my blood and she wants to run a retest. I'm a bit worried as diabetes runs very strongly in my family. I'm at greater risk of developing adult onset diabetes. This is so sad. =o(


JB - May 20

I was also diagnosed last week with gestational diabetes. I ask if there was anything to do to avoid this from happening. The nurse said no and although sweets can and do increase your bs other foods such as carbs will increase your bs as well. I've been testing my bs since last Wed and all my readings have been under 130 two hours after meals. Which is good, but later on in your pregnancy these reading can increase. Although I am alittle sad I can't pig out on ice cream and candy bars I feel the end result is definatly worth the pain. Also I'm starting my post-pregnancy diet early. Good luck on your screening and if you are in fact diagnosed, just remember it's not the end of the world and it's temporary.



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