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November 08, 2017 06:14 PM

Gestational Diabetes Risks

Sioux Falls, SD

For many moms-to-be, cravings aren't out of the ordinary. But what if you couldn't have any of them?

That's the case for women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. And missing out on those cravings isn't the only thing those mom-to-be's have to worry about. 

Gestational diabetes is a condition that occurs in pregnant women who have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. 

"I've had gestational diabetes both times. Last time I got diagnosed around 28 weeks, this time I got diagnosed at 12 weeks," Jennifer Tolzin said.

While she wasn't excited about the diagnoses, Tolzin knew she had a higher risk after having it during her first pregnancy. 

"They wanted to do it early since I had it last time, and it's that wonderful orange drink, that glucose drink that you have to have every time," Tolzin said. 

That drink is called Glucola. It is used in a test meant to evaluate how well your body is processing sugar. 

"The big thing is that if your blood sugar is running high it is the most potent stimulus to babies growth. So we get the potential at least for a really large baby and a difficult or even dangerous delivery related to that," Dr. Geanne Hassebroek-Johnson said. 

Such as the baby's shoulders getting stuck resulting in an immediate C-section. 

"Either way, some people think it's painful but I'd much rather go with a natural birth than a c-section," Tolzin said. 

You're also at a higher risk for developing type-2 diabetes later in life. But with all the risks that come with the diagnoses, there may be one positive. 

The healthy lifestyle that you learn after being diagnosed can help you prevent developing type two diabetes later in life.

Just as long as you follow that healthy diet, even after you give birth. 

"They can actually prevent those kind of long term medical complications like diabetes later in life," Dr. Hassebroek-Johnson said. 

And while it's not always easy to manage, Tolzin offers some advice.

"It's just kind of a trial and error, so don't be scared of it I guess is the thing," Tolzin said. 

To help lower your chances of developing gestational diabetes, doctors suggest maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding carbohydrates. 

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
A misspelling was corrected. 

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