Mariah Had Gestational Diabetes

by Mark Benson on November 18, 2011

Mariah has new roles as mother and entertainer

Now fully recovered from the birth of her twins with husband Nick Cannon, she shares some of the differing medical issues she had undergone during her pregnancy. Mariah Carey is now mother to six-month twins Moroccan and Monroe.

One of the issues the Grammy Award singer had undergone was gestational diabetes. The 42 year old shared “I was in a lot of pain because of the fact that they’re twins… I had a rough one… I just want people to be prepared that it can happen where you go through a rough time when you’re pregnant.”

This was a very different stage for the first time mother. After two decades of singing and performances, she sold more than 200 million records worldwide. She was acclaimed as one of the best selling music artists of all time. Despite the success, her career floundered for sometime until it recovered with the album “The Emancipation of Mimi”. Overall, she has won five Grammy Awards, eleven American Music Awards, twenty-eight Billboard Music Awards and seventeen World Music Awards.

When asked about the pregnancy related high blood sugar levels, “I did develop gestational diabetes. I’m good with that now, I’m OK, but you just have to be careful, nutritionally.” Carey was ordered to bed rest by doctors in the final two trimesters of her pregnancy because of medical issues such as edema.

Edema occurs when fluid is retained under the skin. This is an issue, as fluid is not properly drained out of the body. This is one issue brought about by diabetes. In a pregnant woman, gestational diabetes occurs because of the hormonal changes in the body that lead to the creation of anti-insulin hormones. While this is a temporary condition for the mother, there are long-term effects on the infant, such as macrosomia and predisposition to develop diabetes later in life.

To this the singer said, “I had a really tough pregnancy. I was supposed to be on bed rest, but it was so bad then even bed hurt. I learned a lot being pregnant, watching my body change.” Now, she is healthy and raring to get back to work with two little angels in the audience for her to sing to in the long run.


The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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