Can Gestational Diabetes Go Away Before Delivery?

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Gestational diabetes doesn’t go away before delivery. You cannot get rid of it during pregnancy since the placenta doesn’t go away until you give birth.

As mentioned before, hormones of pregnancy released by the placenta are to blame. And you cannot remove placenta since your baby always need it over the course of the pregnancy.

It’s usually a temporary condition. It will go away soon after delivery. If it persists after giving birth, this may signal that you had diabetes before becoming pregnant.

How is it treated before delivery?

If you’re diagnosed with gestational diabetes, make sure that you get adequate support and know what to do to cope with it. It’s also much better if your family, especially your partner, understands about the condition and how it is managed.

The treatment goal is not to cure it – but to manage and keep it under control,  thus the pregnancy complications associated with the condition can be prevented. Fortunately, again it is manageable condition.

Even in most cases, lifestyle measures such as eating right, sleeping well and regular exercise are helpful enough to manage it. See also ‘what to do and what to avoid’ for gestational diabetes in here!

The best thing what you can do is to keep your blood glucose (sugar) levels as close to normal as possible. Poorly-controlled high blood glucose can be a serious threat for your pregnancy!

Glucose crosses the placenta from your own body to your baby to supply adequate energy for your baby’s development during pregnancy. But if there is too much glucose, this can be counterproductive – putting you at high risk for some pregnancy complications such as delivering overweight baby and the risk of giving birth too early (premature birth).

Things to remember about gestational diabetes:
  1. It only occurs during pregnancy. Typically, it will go away on its own after delivery.
  2. The cause is not fully understood – but the elevated pregnancy hormones, especially in late pregnancy, are to blame.
  3. The placenta is required over the course of the pregnancy. And it doesn’t go away until you give birth, neither does gestational diabetes.
  4. It can increase the risk of the same condition in the next pregnancy. It also increases the risk of type-2 diabetes.
  5. Healthy lifestyles are important for both mother and baby during pregnancy. However sometime these are not enough to cope with the condition. Diabetic medication such as insulin treatment may also be occasionally required to help control the blood glucose levels.
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