November Is National Diabetes Awareness Month!
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that only occurs during pregnancy, and can cause health problems for both mother and baby. Often, gestational diabetes has no symptoms, or they may be mild, such as being thirstier than usual or having to urinate more often. This type of diabetes is sometimes related to the hormonal changes during pregnancy that make your body less able to use insulin. Although, genes and extra weight may also play a role.
Managing gestational diabetes includes following a healthy eating plan and being physically active. If those aren't enough to keep your blood glucose in your healthy range, you may require insulin. Women can lower their chance of getting gestational diabetes by being physically active before and during pregnancy.
If you had gestational diabetes, you and your child are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Maintaining a healthy weight, making healthy food choices, and consistent exercise can help lower the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.