Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that begins in late pregnancy as baby is still developing. The condition strikes approximately 7 to 9-percent of expecting women with elevated blood glucose (or sugar) levels who have never had other forms of diabetes (type 1 and type 2 diabetes).
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Here are eight facts to help pregnant women understand pregnancy-related diabetes…
1. What is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is a condition that strikes during pregnancy. Suddenly mom is unable to produce and utilize the insulin required for a healthy pregnancy so the pancreas overproduces insulin. As a result glucose (or sugars) are unable to convert into energy and they build up to dangerous levels in the blood, a condition known as hyperglycemia.