Gestational diabetes can happen during any pregnancy. It can even happen to superstar Angelina Jolie. That’s right, like many other women, Angelina Jolie has been afflicted with gestational diabetes- a type of diabetes induced by pregnancy.
This condition puts the mother and child at risk. It can have potentially serious side effects. On the up side, gestational diabetes can be easy to control once diagnosed.
The star – expecting boy and girl twins – is also nauseous and her legs are so swollen she needs bigger shoes.
A source revealed: “She has gestational diabetes.
“She found out about a month ago. She’s been seeing a nutritionist about it frequently.”
The condition is treated with diet and exercise. It is curable, but sufferers run the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Angelina, 32, is also “constantly tired” from taking her four other kids to Texas, where partner BRAD PITT, 44, is filming.
A source told US magazine Star: “She’s sick and irritable and feels heavy and weak.”
She’s not alone. According to Diabetes.org, it is estimated that gestational diabetes affects 18% of pregnancies. This can affect mothers who did not have diabetes before, but does not necessarily mean that the mother will have diabetes post-pregnancy. Typically, blood sugar will return to normal after the pregnancy, but the mother will be at risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life.
This type of diabetes can be induced by the hormones of the placenta, which can block the action of insulin in the mother’s body. Without insulin, glucose builds up in the blood.
Gestational diabetes affects the mother in late pregnancy, and will not affect her child in the same ways as mothers who had diabetes prior to the pregnancy. However, untreated or poorly controlled gestational diabetes can have negative outcomes for her child.
Managing gestational diabetes can be achieved through a healthy diet and exercise, and if need be, with medication. Taking control of gestational diabetes early on can ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.