Gestational Diabetes: Important Information for Moms-to-Be

May 2018

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), “Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy in women who don’t already have diabetes. It occurs when your body can’t make enough insulin during your pregnancy. Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas that acts like a key to let blood sugar into the cells in your body for use as energy.”

Research has shown that all pregnant women have some insulin resistance due to the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy.

“Gestational diabetes usually goes away after your baby is born. However, about 50% of women with gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes,” the CDC reports.

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