SAN ANTONIO – The average percentage of pregnant women in South Texas with gestational diabetes is nearly three times the national average.
This fact is even more worrying to health professionals as studies have shown that people with diabetes or obesity who get COVID-19 have much worse results.
Across the country, 7% of pregnant women are typically diagnosed with gestational diabetes. In South Texas, according to Dr. Patrick Ramsey, chief physician in maternal fetal medicine at UT Health San Antonio and University Health System, closer to 20%.
“I’ve definitely seen reports of gestational diabetes increasing. And I think everyone is speculating that it’s the lockdown that has forced us to eat out and deliver more often and not be out and about to be active, ”Ramsey said.
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Gestational diabetes is diabetes that is first diagnosed during pregnancy.
“If the mothers have poor blood sugar control, their baby can grow very large. This could lead to a potential need for a caesarean section, injury to the mother during delivery or the baby, ”Ramsey said.
Ramsey said his colleagues across the country are on high alert because people with diabetes or obesity tend to do worse when diagnosed with COVID-19.
“We know women with gestational diabetes are at increased risk of hospitalization,” he said.
Pregnancy does not increase the risk of developing COVID-19, but even pregnant women without gestational diabetes are said to have much worse results if they are infected.
So listen up, expectant mothers: healthy habits are more important than ever.
“Be active. Get out and do your normal exercise routines, go for a walk in the park. Still keep social distance. Still wear your mask. Still do your hand sanitizing, but you can be outside and do fun things.” do, ”said Ramsey.
By improving your own physical and mental health, your baby will stay safe and healthy.
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