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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