Definition: What is Hyperglycemia?

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You might have heard your doctor throw around the term “hypoglycemia” or “hyperglycemia” at some point while you’re carrying.

So in case, you’re wondering what is hyperglycemia — it’s a condition causing dangerously high blood sugar levels in women. This could occur before or during pregnancy, also called gestational diabetes.

You might develop this condition because of previously undiagnosed diabetes or because of insulin hormone imbalance during pregnancy. If you’ve developed diabetes in any of your earlier pregnancies, there’s a chance of recurrence.

If not taken care of timely, the excess glucose is absorbed by the baby and may result in birth defects, such as giving birth to an abnormally large-sized baby. That’s why you must know about the signs of gestational diabetes so you can detect any symptoms of high blood sugar.

High blood glucose levels range from 140mg/dL to 190mg/dL or more. Although doctors might advise blood tests for confirmation, a few signs of hyperglycemia are excessive thirst, frequent need to pee, extreme tiredness, and nausea.


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