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Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes
GDM often does not cause any symptoms. Those who do may have ones that are like diabetes. They may be:
- Increased urination—A buildup of glucose pulls water out of the body’s tissues and into the blood. This extra water is turned into urine.
- Thirst—Urinating more causes the body to need more fluids.
- Nausea—Changes in blood glucose levels can cause feelings of nausea.
- Weakness—Fatigue happens when cells do not get enough glucose to use for energy.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Practice Bulletins—Obstetrics. Practice Bulletin No. 190: Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Feb;131(2):e49-e64.
Gestational diabetes. American Diabetes Association website. Available at: https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes/gestational-diabetes. Accessed January 14, 2020.
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/gestational-diabetes-mellitus-gdm . Updated December 18, 2019. Accessed January 14, 2020.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Beverly Siegal, MD, FACOG
- Review Date: 09/2019
- Update Date: 01/14/2020