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Gestational Diabetes - Pregnancy and Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes
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Find out how to have a successful pregnancy with diabetes

By Nina Nazor

Gestational diabetes affects about 4% of all pregnant women in the United States each year and strikes more frequently African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and American Indians. It is also more common among obese women and women with a family history of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes usually develops between week 24 and 28 of gestation. If you have gestational diabetes, your baby does not have diabetes, however, you must keep your blood glucose levels under control to avoid health problems for you or your baby.

Several studies have reported that after pregnancy, 5% to 10% of women with gestational diabetes are found to have type 2 diabetes. In addition, women who have had gestational diabetes have a 20% to 50% chance of developing diabetes in the next 5-10 years.

Learn more about gestational diabetes, the importance of strict control during pregnancy, blood sugar testing, diet, exercise and the use of insulin when needed to have a successful pregnancy.

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