What is gestational diabetes?
- Gestational diabetes can occur when a woman is pregnant. It makes blood sugar levels too high, which can be bad for the baby and the mom.
- Many times there are no signs of gestational diabetes. Your doctor will check for it when you are pregnant. The test is very easy and quick.
- It can be managed by eating well, working out, and taking meds that your doctor might prescribe you.
- After you deliver your baby, your blood sugar will most likely return to normal.
- You have a higher risk of getting it if you are older than 25, overweight, or have a family history of type 2 diabetes.
What does it do?
- It can be bad for the baby because it can lead to high birth weight, early birth, or diabetes later in life.
- It can be bad for the mom because it can lead to high blood pressure or diabetes.