Gestational diabetes is the high blood sugar that affects 2:10% of women during pregnancy. Hormonal changes in pregnant women make their body cells less responsive to insulin. The pancreas cannot cope with increased insulin demand during pregnancy resulting in increasing blood sugar, which is called gestational diabetes.
Causes of gestational diabetes:
- A defect in the hormone insulin caused by the effect of hormones estrogen and progesterone, which are produced during pregnancy, as these hormones affect the hormone insulin and hindered its work. Thus, its function is affected leading in helping the body to absorb the amounts of sugar it needs, thus increasing blood sugar in the blood.
- If a woman had gestational diabetes before, she is at risk of developing gestational diabetes during the next pregnancy.
- Genetic factors play a role in women’s diabetes, such as a family member or grandparents with diabetes regardless of its type.
- Women over the age of 25 are more prone to develop gestational diabetes.
- Some women develop obesity or some diseases. For instance, high blood pressure may lead to gestational diabetes.
- Some things related to the fetus that makes women more likely to get gestational diabetes. For example, having a child with congenital disabilities. Also, women who have a child of more than four kilograms are more likely to develop diabetes, as well as women who are exposed to excess fluid around the fetus.
Symptoms of gestational diabetes:
- Dry mouth, and excessive thirst.
- Increasing in urinary frequency especially at night.
- Low weight associated with increased appetite.
- Fatigue and tiredness, as well as nausea and frequent vomiting.
- Blurred vision.
- Frequent infection of skin, urine, and vagina.
Natural methods for treating gestational diabetes:
Ginger: Ginger controls the blood sugar and regulates the process of transferring glucose to the fetus; to prevent the increase in the fetus weight.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is the best treatment for gestational diabetes, because it works to burn sugar, control its level in the blood, and improving the ability of insulin to break down glucose.
Flaxseed oil: Flaxseed oil is a rich source of Omega 3, which is a natural resistant for sugar. Flaxseed also contains fibers which contribute to lowering the sugar level in the blood.