Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes occurs only during pregnancy. It affects the way the body uses sugar (glucose), the main source of fuel. Pregnant women are screened for Gestational Diabetes during weeks 24-28 of their pregnancy.

Symptoms:

  • Gestational Diabetes has no recognizable symptoms

Description:

  • Affects the way the body uses sugar, which is the main source of fuel for the body
  • Usually short-term and can be managed. After delivery, blood sugar levels usually returns to normal

Risk Factors:

  • Being Obese or Overweight: Women who are obese or overweight are at higher risk of developing Gestational Diabetes.
  • Previous Glucose Intolerance: A history of glucose intolerance or previous Gestational Diabetes increases the risk of Gestational Diabetes in a current pregnancy.
  • Family History: A family history of Diabetes, a parent or sibling who has been diagnosed with diabetes increases the risk or Gestational Diabetes.
  • Age: The older a woman is when she becomes pregnant, the higher the risk of Gestational Diabetes.
  • High Birth Weight Baby: Having a child nine pounds or larger at birth can increase the risk of Gestational Diabetes.
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