Diabetes in Pregnancy

Diabetes in Pregnancy

List of Words

Gestational diabetes
is diabetes that occurs during pregnancy when placental hormones may interfere with the normal production of insulin.
Blood glucose level
is how much glucose is in your blood at a given time. This level is very important for people with diabetes, and they must monitor their blood glucose level throughout the day. If the blood glucose level is too high (hyperglycemia), that means that there isn’t enough insulin in the blood. If it’s too low (hypoglycemia), that means that there’s too much insulin.
Insulin
is a hormone produced in the pancreas, which acts like a key that unlocks cells to get the glucose from the blood into the muscles to provide our body with energy.
Carbohydrates
are essential for a well-balanced diet and healthy body. They provide the only fuel source for many vital organs, including the brain, central nervous system and kidneys. The digestive system breaks down carbohydrates into glucose and the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin to help the glucose move from the blood into the cells.