Diabetes is a cause of concern both in women who are known to have Diabetes before pregnancy as well as those who develop Diabetes after getting pregnant. High blood Sugar levels at the time of conception or during pregnancy may cause birth defects, large sized baby, complicate delivery in the mother or may even cause abortions. Diabetes or tendency to become diabetic may be present in many mothers during pregnancy. Pregnancy in pre-existing diabetics requires rigorous and special care, its discussed in more detail in Pregnancy in pre-existing Diabetics.

The need for insulin is greatly increased during pregnancy, hence even mild abnornamilities in the functioning of pancreas may cause the so called ' unmasking of Diabetes' which may have otherwise gone unnoticed for many years. Such development of Diabetes is called Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and elaborately discussed in Gesational Diabetes Mellitus.

Symptoms of High Blood Sugar during Pregnancy: ( Diabetes may be absolutely asymptomatic)

  • Frequent urination and dryness of mouth
  • Frequent Urinary Tract infections, Burning while passing urine
  • Frequent vaginal fungal or bacterial infections
  • Excessive nausea, vommitting
  • Unusual weight gain or weight loss
  • Blurring of vision