If you have gestational diabetes (often abbreviated to ‘GD’), does it make you tired? In many cases, it doesn’t have specific signs and symptoms, especially if this health metabolic condition is well controlled during pregnancy. But there are also some pregnant women with GD report that they experience tiredness throughout the day, especially late in their pregnancy.
Before talking about the link between fatigue (tiredness) and gestational diabetes, it’s not bad idea to to clearly understand the role of insulin to help provide your energy supply.
Insulin is an important hormone to help metabolize glucose. It is produced by your pancreas through special cells called beta cells.
To get energy, glucose from foods are digested and then go to the bloodstream to be absorbed by cells of the body. This is a complex process.
Hormone insulin is so important for the mechanism of your energy supply. Once it doesn’t work as well as it should, the mechanism of your body to produce and get energy is affected.
Why is insulin very important for your energy and why does it also affect the fluctuation of your blood sugar?
The key is the function of insulin to help the permeation of glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of body, which then will be processed and converted into energy.
Not all glucose are processed and converted into energy – some may be converted into glycogen and stored in the liver for the ‘back-up’ of your energy.
Normally, the release of insulin from pancreas is in line with the amount of glucose in the bloodstream. In other words, if the accumulation of glucose in the bloodstream is high, your body will respond this situation by producing more insulin to speed up the process of the absorption for glucose from the bloodstream to the body’s cells.
This mechanism continuously occurs in your life to control your blood sugar naturally. But as you age, your insulin response will decrease, particularly true if you stick with unhealthy practices such as physically inactive and bad eating habits (like eating a large meal at once and having diet high in saturated fats).
Experiencing fatigue & tired feeling are pretty common in pregnant women – even these symptoms are common pregnancy symptoms.
But if you are diagnosed with GD, feeling of tired during pregnancy could be more challenging, though this is probably still debatable since fatigue and tiredness can vary from woman to woman. What’s more?