There are three types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy. Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes alters how your cells use glucose. While there are some conditions, such as obesity, that are more associated with developing gestational diabetes, experts aren’t sure what exactly causes moms-to-be to develop this type of diabetes. It may be caused by pregnancy hormones that block how insulin is used.
This causes high blood sugar that can harm your health and the health of your baby.
In many cases, sugar control returns to normal after birth. But there is still a chance of developing Type 2 diabetes. When blood sugar is controlled, most women with gestational diabetes have overall healthy babies. Without treatment, it could cause the baby to have low blood sugar levels, feeding, breathing, and heart problems at birth.
It’s vital to work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar in a safe range. One way is to stick to a healthy meal plan, checking blood sugars at home, and possibly taking insulin medication.
Read what the American Diabetes Association says about gestational diabetes.
Did you have gestational diabetes? What did you learn?
Teresa Kunath RN Clinical Specialist
Want more? Check out the previous article Type 2 Diabetes, or go back to the beginning!
Last updated: 4/4/2019
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