Just like any other pregnancy, it’s possible for a surrogate to have to contend with pregnancy complications, one of the most common of which is gestational diabetes. This condition is manageable, but steps should be taken to recognize the symptoms, work with your doctor to manage your condition, and keep your surrogacy agency and the intended parents informed. Here’s what you should consider:
What Is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is a condition in which your body does not produce enough insulin to regulate sugar during pregnancy. Approximately 2-5 percent of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes; but the complications it can cause if undetected can be serious, so doctors watch their pregnant patients for signs of the disease throughout the pregnancy.
Signs and symptoms can include:
- Unusual thirst
- Frequent urination
- Vaginal, bladder, and skin infections
- Blurred vision
Many of these symptoms are also common in pregnancy, which is why doctors usually test for diabetes sometime between your 24th and 28th week of pregnancy.
How Is Gestational Diabetes Treated?
The most important factor is controlling the level of your blood sugar. This will be accomplished by:
- Closely monitoring the health of you and the baby
- Monitoring blood glucose levels
- Insulin therapy, if necessary
- Managing your diet and exercise
What Are Possible Complications of Diabetes?
If gestational diabetes is diagnosed early and treated effectively, you have every reason to believe the baby will be healthy and your diabetes will end shortly after delivery.
Untreated, gestational diabetes can lead to:
- High birth weight
- Premature delivery
- Increased chance of cesarean delivery
Gestational diabetes is one of the most common pregnancy complications, but by working closely with your physician, you can catch diabetes early and manage it effectively. You can often prevent gestational diabetes by keeping your pregnancy weight gain at a level your doctor recommends, eating a healthy diet, and staying active. If you have questions about your health, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. If you want to learn about becoming a surrogate in Texas and beyond, or for advice on maintaining a healthy pregnancy, contact the experts at Surrogate Solutions today!