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Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that is found when a woman is pregnant. During pregnancy, the placenta produces a variety of hormones. Some of them may cause insulin resistance, resulting in diabetes. Out of every 100 pregnant women in the United States, three to eight get gestational diabetes. Although it usually disappears after delivery, the mother is at increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes later in life.
Untreated or uncontrolled gestational diabetes can affect the baby, such as
Treating gestational diabetes means taking steps to keep your blood glucose levels in a target range. That includes
You will talk with a dietitian or a diabetes educator who will design a meal plan to help you choose foods that are healthy for you and your baby. You may be advised to
Physical activity, such as walking, swimming and housework, can help you reach your blood glucose targets.
Some women with gestational diabetes need insulin, in addition to a meal plan and physical activity, to reach their blood glucose targets.