WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News, Weather & Sports

What's Going Around: Gestational Diabetes

March 19, 2012

It's a condition that impacts a small percentage of pregnant women, and can later be harmful to their baby. Nurse practitioner Barbara Martin, of Martha Jefferson Hospital's diabetes education program, says gestational diabetes is what's going around this week.

Martin says that the condition often has no symptoms, but when it does it includes fatigue, increased urination, increased thirst, weight loss with increased appetite, nausea and vomiting, frequent infections and blurred vision.

Women over the age of 25 and those with a family history of diabetes are more at risk for the condition. It typically resolves after delivery.

When it comes to treatment, Martin suggests monitoring four specific areas: eat healthy foods high in fiber, don't add any new strenuous exercise programs, take insulin during your pregnancy if it was prescribed to you and monitor your glucose levels.

Martin says the best way to prevent gestational diabetes is by losing weight prior to getting pregnant if you're overweight.

Women who have had gestational diabetes and their babies are at increased risk of type II diabetes in the future. To minimize that risk, attain and maintain ideal body weight, eat healthy, and get regular check ups.


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 143295226