Gestational Diabetes
and Twin Pregnancy

It is important to be aware of gestational diabetes and other twin pregnancy complications. But it is also best not to worry, as long as you have the correct medical care and a healthy twin pregnancy which also includes a relaxed mommy.

What Causes Gestational Diabetes

This is usually temporary and is common during a twin pregnancy . Most pregnant women will have a test done sometime during their 10 months. A mother expecting multiples have a slightly higher chance of experiencing diabetes, due to sugar levels and the body’s inability to produce enough natural insulin.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Sugar in your urine, which is discovered by a test. This is really the only way to truly confirm the presence of diabetes.

Other Symptoms could include:

  • Thirsty and frequently needing to go to the toilet
  • Fatigue
  • Regularly getting bladder infections, possible infections of the vagina and skin as well
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea

A scheduled test will be between your 24th – 28th week of gestation, this is the time when the placenta(s) are producing larger amounts of hormones which could restricted insulin production.

You will usually be asked not to eat anything before the test so it’s easiest make an appointment first thing in the morning. The test involves drinking a very sweet drink, which they will give you, then one hour later blood will be drawn for testing. This will determine whether or not you are producing enough insulin.

Treatment:

The main goal when treating diabetes during pregnancy is to control your blood sugar levels. You will usually be asked to monitor your blood glucose levels yourself with a simple pin prick test. Managing your diet is an important part of controlling diabetes, a professional will advise you on proper nutrient.

You and your twins will be closely monitored and depending on the level of diabetes you have insulin therapy may be needed. When diagnosed early with proper treatment there is little risk to yourself and your twin babies.

When pregnancy diabetes has not been discovered early enough or not treated effectively things like premature delivery, large birth weight and c-section can be of concern.

The good news is majority rules that after the birth of your gorgeous twins, the diabetes will vanish. Though a test may be done sometime after birth to check your blood sugar levels.


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