Does Gestational Diabetes Cause Nausea and Vomiting?

In fact, there are almost no specific symptoms of gestational diabetes (GD). But if the symptoms do occur, they can be very vague. For instance, frequent urination and increased thirst are often reported but as well we know that they also can be a normal part of pregnancy. Moreover, some pregnant women with GD also believe that it also contribute to cause nausea and vomiting – is this true?

The possible causes of morning sickness

Morning sickness is one of common pregnancy signs. It is a term used to describe a condition for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP).

Doctors and experts still don’t know about the exact cause of these symptoms. But they believe that the drastically elevated pregnancy hormones play a key role.

The increased production of hCG ‘Human Chorionic Gonadotropin’

nausea_in_gestational_diabetes_illustrationThe hCG is a kind of pregnancy hormone that triggered and produced by the placenta. The increased level of this hormone may have a significant contribution to cause NVP – according to the National Institutes of Health.

In the end of first trimester, the production of hCG gradually decreases and then begin to reach its balance. And therefore, your NVP should also gradually decreases at that time.

The increased level of estrogen

The elevated level of estrogen in pregnancy is expected. This process is needed to prepare the body for pregnancy and to support the growth of baby. But estrogen is also believed may have contribution to cause NVP.

Issues associated with the digestive system itself

Pregnancy can make you to become more vulnerable to have certain digestive problems which then can worsen your nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. One of pretty common infections that affect stomach of pregnant women and then can be potential to lead to extended NVP is infection due to bacteria called Helicobacter pylori.

The existence of molar pregnancy

Again, NVP is a normal part of your pregnancy. However sometime it also may point to pregnancy abnormalities, particularly if it is severe and persists longer than usual.

The National Institutes of Health suggests that severe nausea and vomiting can be one of signs of molar pregnancy (a condition of when uterus doesn’t contain fetus but something else that forms a mass in the uterus). Fortunately molar pregnancy is rare!

The link between gestational diabetes and nausea

Nausea and vomiting are less common symptoms of type-2 diabetes, but they are pretty common in type-1 diabetes. How about in gestational diabetes (GD)?

When talking about nauseated feeling and diabetes, there is a condition called gastroparesis that often becomes a major issue.

Gastroparesis is a medical term used to describe delayed stomach emptying. If you have it, your stomach can be difficult to empty itself naturally. As a result, you are more likely to feel full more quickly and may also experience nausea or even vomiting.