Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Pregnancy Serious Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when a woman's body doesn't make enough insulin. This is the hormone that helps the body process sugar into energy.

Diabetes that occurs during pregnancy is called gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes usually begins between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy. The diagnosis can only be made in women with no evidence for diabetes prior to pregnancy. About 1 or 2 out of every 100 pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes.

Risk factors for gestational diabetes include:

Gestational diabetes can be controlled with a balanced diet and careful weight control during pregnancy. Exercise can help to control blood sugar levels. If diet and weight control does not control the condition, insulin injections may be necessary. Gestational diabetes disappears after the baby is born.

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Last Updated: Jul 7, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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