Gestational Diabetes Overview

Gestational diabetes is diabetes that is found for the first time when a woman is pregnant. Diabetes means that the blood sugar level is too high and thus needs to be monitored carefully with a nutritious diet, exercise, and in some cases, with medicine. Out of every 100 pregnant women in the United States, roughly three to eight will get diabetes during pregnancy.  If you have a relative with diabetes, are overweight, are over the age of 25, or if you have had gestational diabetes in one or more previous pregnancies, you are at a higher risk for developing the condition. Gestational diabetes is typically tested during weeks 24-28 during pregnancy, and for most women, goes away after pregnancy.

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