Gestational Diabetes (GDM): Prevention
A type of diabetes that develops only during pregnancy and usually disappears upon delivery, but increases the mother’s risk of developing diabetes later in life. GDM is managed with meal planning, physical activity, and, in some cases, medication.
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About Preventing Type 2 Diabetes after Gestational Diabetes
After you give birth, gestational diabetes usually goes away. Blood sugar returns to normal after delivery. You probably won’t need to keep checking your blood sugar at home with the finger sticks. But there are important things to keep in mind.
Women who have had gestational diabetes are more likely to get type 2 diabetes later in life. They have a higher chance than women who have not had gestational diabetes. Women who gain more weight than normal during pregnancy also have a higher chance of getting type 2 diabetes later.
There are ways to help lower your risk of getting diabetes later on. Staying at a healthy weight, following a healthy diet, and being active can help. These small steps are important during and after your pregnancy.
Be sure to tell all your doctors and nurses that you had gestational diabetes while you were pregnant. It is very important to have your blood sugar checked… Read more about Gestational Diabetes (GDM): Prevention