What Does Gestational Diabetes Feel Like?

Symptoms of gestational diabetes

Some women may develop symptoms if their blood sugar levels gets too high (hyperglycaemia), such as: increased thirst.

needing to pee more often than usual.

a dry mouth.

What are the warning signs of gestational diabetes?

The early signs of gestational diabetes include:

  • Extreme fatigue and lethargy.
  • Urge to urinate increases to extremes.
  • Extremely dry mouth and constant thirst.
  • Feeling extreme nausea (maybe even vomiting) after eating.
  • Unusually strong cravings for sweet foods and drinks.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Tingling in the hands or feet.

What does gestational diabetes do to the baby?

If you have gestational diabetes, your baby may be at increased risk of: Excessive birth weight. Higher than normal blood sugar in mothers can cause their babies to grow too large.

Did you have any signs of gestational diabetes?

While most women with gestational diabetes have no symptoms, a small number may experience extreme hunger, thirst, or fatigue. Your doctor will probably screen you for gestational diabetes between your 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy. If you have certain risk factors, your doctor may opt to screen you sooner.

Is gestational diabetes caused by diet?

Pregnancy and High Blood Sugar

When you eat, your body breaks down carbohydrates from foods into a sugar called glucose. The sugar goes into your bloodstream. If it can’t make enough extra insulin, your blood sugar will rise and you’ll get gestational diabetes.