Gestational Diabetes

If you have gestational diabetes, pregnancy is causing your blood sugar level to be too high. With your doctor’s help, you can keep your blood sugar well controlled. Poorly controlled diabetes can increase the risk of: 

• Preeclampsia
• Early delivery
• C-section
• Having a big baby, which can complicate delivery.
• Baby born with low blood sugar, breathing problems, and jaundice.

Gestational diabetes usually goes away after delivery. But you are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. A healthy lifestyle can lower this risk. If you want to get pregnant again, have a blood sugar test up to 3 months before becoming pregnant to make sure your blood sugar levels are normal. High blood sugar early in pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects.
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