Gestational (jeh-STAY-shun-ul) diabetes is a kind of diabetes that
happens to pregnant women. Most of the time, it goes away after the mom has her baby.
More to Know
Women often find out they have gestational diabetes between weeks 24 and 28 of
Doctors suspect a woman might have it when she has high levels of sugar in her blood
or urine during pregnancy.
Diabetes can cause problems for both babies and moms. Most of the time, women can
control gestational diabetes with a healthy food plan and daily exercise.
Some women also need to take daily insulin shots and test their blood sugar for the
rest of their pregnancy.
Keep in Mind
Gestational diabetes usually goes away after a baby is born. Some women will have
it again during future pregnancies. Some women who have gestational diabetes will
get diabetes when they're older.
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