Gestational diabetes is diabetes that happens in women during a pregnancy and happens in 1-3% of all pregnancies. The hormones the body creates during the pregnancy cause a resistance to insulin. Typically after the pregnancy is completed diabetes goes away, however there is a 67% chance that the next pregnancy it will comeback. A small percentage of women will go on to have type 2 diabetes in the future, and a small percentage of babies will be more prone to type 2 diabetes later on in life. With proper management of the blood sugar levels there will be little effect going forward on the mother or child.
What are the Gestational Diabetes treatments?
Typically Gestational Diabetes is treated with insulin and close monitoring of blood sugar. With gestational diabetes disappearing after pregnancy less focus seems to be placed on understanding and treating compared to type 1 and type 2 that stay with the person for their entire lives.