ISLAMABAD: Around 18 per cent expectant mothers develop diabetes making it one of the most common health problems of pregnancy, health expert said.
Talking to private news channel, Dr. Usama Ishtiaq, Consultant Endocrinologist SIH, said that gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that some women get during pregnancy.
Dr. Usama informed that it is a temporary disorder that usually disappears after child birth.
Those mothers who do not suffer with gestational diabetes in first pregnancy are more likely to get this in their second pregnancy, he observed.
He warned to take balanced diet as gynecologists recommend during pregnancy because eating oily, deep fried and heavy food may result in excessive sugar that accumulates in fetus as extra fat and may risk fetus’ health.
He said that those mothers who suffered gestational diabetes during pregnancy were at risk of becoming permanent diabetic patient afterward.
To a question, Dr. Usama said that women with diabetes who wanted to become mother must control their diabetes before pregnancy.
“Those with controlled diabetes need to know what side effects their medication cause during pregnancy,” he advised.
He said that diabetes is a chronic disease and more than seven million people in Pakistan were suffering from diabetes.
Dr. Usama said that need to urinate several times, feeling severe thirst, reducing weight, and fatigue and weakness are important symptoms of diabetes.
Taking balanced diet, regular exercise, weight control, regular medication and proper blood glucose level tests are a few essential measures that can help to avoid diabetes, control it, and avoid complications, he recommended.