Diabetes can develop during pregnancy, and is known as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Gestational diabetes is not the same as type 2 diabetes although it behaves in very much the same manner. This condition is usually diagnosed during the twenty-fourth and twenty-eighth week of pregnancy but if you already have diabetes before your pregnancy, your condition is known as pregestational diabetes.
The meaning of gestational diabetes is “high blood sugar first recognized during pregnancy” and three to ten per cent of all pregnant women will develop this condition. Symptoms include:
- extreme thirst
- extreme hunger, and
but these symptoms often go unnoticed. GDM is a common pregnancy related health condition and is in the same league as other problems that can develop in the second or third trimesters.