Your body needs insulin to transport glucose to the cells for energy. During pregnancy, increased hormone levels can make it more difficult to control blood sugar. This results in a condition called gestational diabetes—that is, diabetes that starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy. Blood sugar levels usually return to normal after you deliver your baby.
If you have gestational diabetes, you may not have symptoms or your symptoms may be mild. Symptoms can include fatigue, increased thirst, blurry vision, frequent urination, frequent infections, nausea and vomiting and weight loss.
For your sake and the health of your growing baby, it is important to keep your blood sugar levels within normal limits during pregnancy. This may be done through diet and exercise and regular monitoring of blood sugar levels. Some women may also need diabetes medication and/or insulin. Your doctor will also monitor your baby’s health. By working closely with your obstetrician and certified diabetes educator and taking advantage of the resources available to you on this site, you can reduce the risk of complications for you and your baby.