Salma Hayek battled diabetes during her pregnancy

Salma Hayek is one of Mexico’s finest exports. Born in Veracruz in 1966 and raised in a wealthy family, her parents were shocked to watch Hayek drop out of university in Mexico to pursue a career as an actress.

Hayek exploded onto the international stage with her role in 1995’s ‘Desperados’ alongside Antonio Banderas. Successful movies like ‘From Dusk Til Dawn’, ‘Fools Rush In’ and ‘Bandidas’ with best friend Penelope Cruz followed. Today, Salma Hayek can confidently say she’s made it as an actress, and enjoys sitting on the A-list of Hollywood’s celebrities.

Her greatest feat to date, however, is playing the role of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in the move ‘Frida’. Her performance earned her an Academy Award nod. Despite not winning the Oscar for best actress, the movie picked up two awards.

Salma Hayek gave birth to daughter Valentina in September 2007, but not without complications. When Salma was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, she admits she had no idea what it meant or what she was to do.

In an interview with U.S. Glamor magazine, Hayek said: “I had diabetes while I was pregnant.

“I became huge.

“And I said: ‘This is what it takes for me to have this baby, and I really want it.’”

Aware of the risks involved for the unborn baby in regards to gestational diabetes, Hayek said: “You don’t know it it’s going to be healthy – you are completely out of control.”

She added that the experience was humbling.

Salma Hayek reportedly has a history of diabetes in her family. Women usually get tested for gestational diabetes when they are between 24 and 28 weeks into their pregnancy. Women who have a family of history of diabetes are usually tested earlier.

Click to read more about type 1 diabetes, and celebrities like Nick Jonas and Bret Michaels who suffer from it.

Click to read more about type 2 diabetes and Halle Berry‘s battle with it.

Click to read more about gestational diabetes.

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