OB/GYN

Protect yourself against gestational diabetes

When you’re pregnant, it’s obviously important to eat healthy foods, exercise and, if necessary, take medication.

Those steps can help mitigate gestational diabetes, a major complication from pregnancy.

Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how your cells use sugar (glucose). Gestational diabetes causes high blood sugar that can affect your pregnancy and your baby’s health, the Mayo Clinic says.

Controlling your blood sugar can prevent a difficult birth and keep you and your baby healthy, the Mayo Clinic adds.

At Signature Medical Group, our OB/GYNs help you keep your blood sugar under control and guide you through other symptoms of your pregnancy. We offer thorough and compassionate care in this exciting time of your life.

In gestational diabetes, blood sugar usually returns to normal soon after delivery, the Mayo Clinic says. But if you’ve had gestational diabetes, you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes.

You’ll need to continue to work with your Signature OB/GYN to help monitor and manage your blood sugar.

Most women don’t show any noticeable symptoms for gestational diabetes. That’s why it’s important for a Signature OB/GYN to monitor your health in regular checkups. Make your appointment today.

There are no guarantees in preventing gestational diabetes, the Mayo Clinic says. But the more healthy habits you can adopt before pregnancy, the better.