Dry Mouth in Pregnancy – Testing Will Tell If Treatment is Needed

Gestational diabetes, or high blood sugar levels that begin during pregnancy and usually end when the baby is born, is a potentially serious condition for both mother and unborn child. Women who develop diabetes during pregnancy often have difficulty carrying the baby to term, and babies born to mothers who have uncontrolled diabetes are face multiple health challenges even before they are born.

pregnant-womanThis form of type 2 diabetes causes very high levels of insulin in both the mother and the unborn child. The body of the fetus stores unusually large amounts of fat, and may weigh as much as 22 pounds (10 kilos) at birth. The storage of fat causes the production adrenalin, and the unborn child’s heart may beat extremely fast and also grow extremely large. About 50 per cent of women who have gestational diabetes will miscarry, and rates of birth defects in the children who survive to birth are very high.

In the United States, about 2 per cent of white women develop gestational diabetes. About 5 per cent of women of Middle Eastern, Asian, or Hispanic heritage develop gestational diabetes. And about 15 per cent of Black women develop diabetes during pregnancy.

How can a woman tell if she might have gestational diabetes. Dry mouth during pregnancy is one indicator. Pregnant women tend to need to urinate a lot, but diabetes can cause both the need to go to the bathroom a lot along with the need to drink an unusually large amount of water, night and day. Pregnant women have unusual appetites, but diabetic women tend to have ravenous appetites for sweets.

The medical test for diabetes is extremely simple. A drop of blood placed on a slide in a glucometer will diagnose diabetes in less than 10 seconds. But you have to have that test to get the treatment you will need. Every woman who suffers dry mouth during pregnancy needs medically directed prenatal care.