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.
What is Gestational Diabetes and What is its Cause? The causes of gestational diabetes are not understood in detail, but it seems like the placenta produces a hormone called
placental lactogen, which is thought to inactivate up to 50% of insulin action in your body.