Gestational diabetes, also known as ‘diabetes in pregnancy,’ can develop in up to 20% of pregnant women, and can often go undetected. If left untreated though, it can lead to complications for you and your baby.

When you’re pregnant, gestational diabetes can occur if your body can’t produce enough insulin to adapt to the effects of a growing baby and your changing hormone levels. Basically the cells become resistant to the action of insulin and, in turn, the pancreas cannot secrete enough insulin to counterbalance the effect of these hormones. This initially causes hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels) and then eventually diabetes.

A Certified Maternity Reflexology Therapist is educated in what Gestational Diabetes is and how to work on the foot or hand to A: encourage hormones and insulin levels to remain balanced throughout Pregnancy to avoid Gestational Diabetes and B: balance insulin and hormone levels in cases where Gestational Diabetes has already developed to control symptoms and consequences of Gestational Diabetes, both for the Birther and the Babe.
Sources: Diabetes Care Community, Maternity Reflexology Consortium