Gestational Diabetes Symptoms

It is not easy to notice gestational diabetes symptoms, as they are also common symptoms in normal pregnancy, such as:

  • Excessive thirst.
  • Needing to urinate frequently.
  • Tiredness.

These are rarely caused by gestational diabetes.

How then is gestational diabetes identified without at least some applicable symptoms?

The symptoms for high blood sugar levels are a better indicator:

Increased or excessive thirst.

  • Can be a normal pregnancy symptom.

Increased urination.

  • Can be a normal pregnancy symptom - baby's weight pressing on bladder.

Weight loss in spite of increased appetite.

  • Bad, you are supposed to gain some weight during pregnancy.
  • Speak to your doctor.


  • Can be a normal pregnancy symptom.

Nausea and vomiting.

  • Do not confuse this with "morning sickness" which happens early in the pregnancy.
  • In the last three months of the pregnancy, this is a sure indicator of high blood sugar or other health problems.
  • Speak to your doctor.

Frequent infections, including those of the bladder, vagina, and skin.

  • A sure indicator of high blood sugar.
  • Speak to your doctor.

Blurred vision.

  • A sure indicator of high blood sugar.
  • Speak to your doctor.

A much better way to be sure if you have gestational diabetes or not, is to speak to your doctor. 
If you are thinking that it is not important, have a look at 
gestational diabetes complications, you might see it in a different light.

Better still; seek health care early, (even when just thinking about having a baby) Your doctor will then evaluate your risk of gestational diabetes. See gestational diabetes causes for a discussion on the risks.

Once you become pregnant, your doctor will address gestational diabetes as part of your regular prenatal care. If you develop gestational diabetes, you may need checkups that are more frequent.

Your doctor could also refer you to specialists in diabetes management, who will educate and support you in the management of your diabetes during your pregnancy.

A Final Word of Caution

Even after you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you might feel fine (apart from normal pregnancy issues).
Do not be lulled into a sense of well being! The gestational diabetes symptoms do not show easily.

You have to be diligent in your efforts to manage your disease and your will be rewarded with a happy, healthy and beautiful baby.

Have a look at gestational diabetes complications and see what you must avoid at all costs. It can be done with careful management of your disease.
It really is up to you.

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