Gestational Diabetes: Overview
Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that affects pregnant women. This can cause impacts on the fetus during its development (e.g. macrosomia), and impacts on the mother’s health during pregnancy. However, the good news is that it usually resolves after birth, and also that the baby does not get diabetes itself. A woman who has had gestational diabetes is much more likely to get Type 2 Diabetes later in life (e.g. typically in her 40’s or 50’s), and this also means that the child ultimately is at higher risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes from its mother’s genetics later in its life (e.g. usually in its 40’s or 50’s! But early forms of Type 2 Diabetes in the teens are also occurring.) The symptoms of gestational diabetes are usually mild, and it can often be misdiagnosed. Screening for gestational diabetes may be performed during pregnancy; discuss with your doctor.
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- Diabetes: Diabetes is a metabolic disease where the body loses the ability to properly process sugars (glucose). The full medical name
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- Pregnancy: Pregnancy is the condition of a woman having a fetus from conception through to childbirth. The general topic of conception
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- Childbirth: Childbirth is the delivery of a baby from the pregnant mother. It is also called “labor” or “confinement”. A birth
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- Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and the less severe of the two most common forms
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