Once a woman, diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy, gives birth, she needs to be vigilant of the symptoms related to the long-term effects of the disease.
Usually, gestational diabetes goes away after the birth of a baby. However, women who experienced it during pregnancy are more likely to develop symptoms of gestational diabetes again in their future pregnancies. The chances of development of type 2 diabetes (which is a lifelong type of diabetes) also increases manifold in a woman with a history of gestational diabetes during the previous pregnancy. 1
Therefore, such women should get their blood test done to check for sugar levels 6 to 13 weeks after giving birth and should continue doing the same every year if the result is normal. The doctor should be contacted immediately in case a woman experiences symptoms, such as increased thirst, tendency to urinate and use washroom more often than usual, and dryness of the mouth. 1
The doctor may even advise about the things that can help reduce the risk of developing diabetes, such as maintenance of a healthy weight, consumption of a balanced diet, and regular exercise. 1
Here are the following things a woman should keep in mind for planning future pregnancies, if she had gestational diabetes during the previous pregnancy.