Some experts calling for more gestational diabetes testing

Diabetes is one disease that no woman wants to endure or transfer to her child while pregnant. However, research has shown that several people develop the condition during pregnancy - could testing for it beforehand be beneficial to the unborn child?

Gestational diabetes is credited for increasing the size of children prior to delivery, which can lead to the need for a caesarian section once the due date arrives, according to the Associated Press. Approximately 6 percent of women are diagnosed with the ailment while pregnant in the U.S. Now, some experts believe that they may be able to hone in on the disease sooner by testing for a mild form type 2 diabetes. National Institutes of Health representatives are asking for government support on this initiative.

However, few people are condoning this measure, which would allegedly increase the number of diagnoses by three times the current rate. Many are skeptical of the efficiency of the testing as well because there has been little proof of it showing positive results in the past. 

Diabetes and pregnancy
Because this disease can have an impact on fetal development, it's critical to be mindful of diabetes if you already have it or think that you're at risk heading into your pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is a variety of the condition that occurs in pregnant women, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, and it often goes away after the delivery. However, this does not reduce the chances of complications during birth, and it may put women at risk of developing diabetes later in life.

Some of the health issues that may arise during pregnancy and labor include the need for a C-section, a preterm birth and preeclampsia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preeclampsia can be defined as protein in the urine, high blood pressure and increased swelling.

However, pregnant women don't have to remain idle if they think have diabetes or received a diagnosis in the past. Individuals can receive the information and support they need from the doctor. They might also be recommended to check their blood sugar frequently and stay on top of their medications to ensure the health of their baby. Understanding how to treat low and high blood sugar levels is also beneficial. 

How have you handled being pregnant with diabetes in the past? Do you know the risk factors? Leave your feedback in the comments section!