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Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that is first seen in a pregnant woman who did not have diabetes before she was pregnant. Some women have more than one pregnancy affected by gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes usually shows up in the middle of pregnancy. Doctors most often test for it between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy.

Often gestational diabetes can be managed through eating healthy foods and regular exercise. Sometimes a woman with gestational diabetes must also take insulin.

If you are pregnant it is importance to keep your regular Prenatal Care appointments.

Having gestational diabetes can increase your risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy.

It can also increase your risk of having a large baby that needs to be delivered by cesarean section (C-section).

A baby can be born early, which can cause breathing and other problems

Having low blood sugar

Developing type 2 diabetes later in life

Blood sugar levels will usually return to normal after the baby is born. However, about 50% of women with gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes. You can lower your risk by reaching a healthy body weight after delivery. Visit your doctor to have your blood sugar tested 6 to 12 weeks after your baby is born and then every 1 to 3 years to make sure your levels are on target.

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