Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that some women develop during pregnancy. Diabetes means that your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal.

Blood sugar is the fuel your body makes from the food and beverages you eat and drink. Your body also makes insulin which helps you use blood sugar for energy. If you have gestational diabetes, your body cannot make enough insulin or use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. When this happens, your blood sugar gets too high.

Any pregnant woman can be at risk for gestational diabetes. However, it is more common in some groups, such as Native American, Alaskan Native, Hispanic, Asian, and African American women. 

Gestational diabetes is different than other types of diabetes (such as Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes) since it develops during pregnancy. In many cases, it will go away once you are no longer pregnant. However, it’s important to be treated if you develop gestational diabetes because high blood sugar can affect both you and your baby. 

Visit the CDC Website for more information on Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes and Pregnancy.

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