Actress said to have condition that affects expectant mums
Pregnant Angelina Jolie has gestational diabetes, according to a US magazine.
The condition affects 3 to 5 per cent of expectant mums and is normally screened for between 24 and 28 weeks into the pregnancy.
It is caused when horomones from the placenta affect the production of a mum-to-be’s insulin. Sugar from the foods she eats stay in her blood stream and cause high blood sugars. This is gestational diabetes.
The symptoms can include increased thirst and tiredness.
Angelina, 32, who is believed to be expecting twins in the summer, is said to be feeling very unwell
‘She found out about a month ago,’ a source tells American Star. ‘She’s been seeing a nutritionist about it frequently. She’s sick and irritable and feels heavy and weak.’
Gestational diabetes is usually managed by diet and exercise and disappears after the baby is born. But it must be controlled carefully and, in some cases, it can develop into the more serious Type 2
Angelina and partner Brad Pitt, 44, are already parents to Shiloh, 18 months, and adopted sons Maddox, 6, Pax, 4, and adopted daughter Zahara, 3.
Brad Pitt meets up with Bill Clinton in New Orleans>>
Angelina Jolie is worried about marrying Brad Pitt>>
Pregnant Angelina Jolie to raise new baby in France>>
Angelina Jolie craves chips dipped in milkshake >>
Pregnant Angelina Jolie proudly shows off baby bump No 2>>
Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie to meet>>Angelina Jolie wears ‘maternity dress’ to SAG Awards>>
Angelina Jolie: Maybe Brad Pitt and I will have another child in 2008>>
Angelina Jolie’s dad: I want to make amends>>
Angelina Jolie plans to have 2 more children in 2008>>
Angelina Jolie had cold feet over her first adoption>>
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie take the kids cycling in New Orleans>>
Brad Pitt: I want as many kids as I can handle>>
Brad Pitt: I am not a bad dad>>