What is Gestational Diabetes?

What is Gestational Diabetes?


DR. RODGERS: Being pregnant can give women joy
like nothing else. But, for some, it can lead to gestational
diabetes. Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of
the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH. Pregnant women who have never had diabetes
before but who develop high blood glucose (or blood sugar) during pregnancy are said
to have gestational diabetes. This condition can lead to problems for both
mother and baby if left untreated. Gestational diabetes occurs more often in
women who are African American, are overweight, or have a family history of diabetes. Gestational diabetes doesn’t usually have
any symptoms. Most pregnant women get a blood test for gestational
diabetes between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. If you have gestational diabetes, your doctor
can help you manage it so you can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Follow us on Twitter @NIDDKGov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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