Every pregnant woman in the United States will get tested for gestational diabetes in the second trimester – sometime between 24 and 28 weeks pregnant. This is a routine test that is part of regular prenatal care, and it allows your physician to provide better obstetric care.
So, what is gestational diabetes? And how can it affect your pregnancy?
What is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes (high blood sugar) that develops in pregnancy. For a majority of women, this form of diabetes occurs only during pregnancy. Unlike Type 1 or Type 2, gestational diabetes often disappears after your baby is born. In rare cases, gestational diabetes transforms into Type 2 diabetes after delivery. [click to continue…]