Gestational Diabetes

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During pregnancy – usually around the 24th week – many women develop gestational diabetes. A diagnosis of gestational diabetes doesn't mean that you had diabetes before you conceived, or that you will have diabetes after giving birth. But it's important to follow your doctor's advice regarding blood glucose (blood sugar) levels while you're planning your pregnancy, so you and your baby both remain healthy.

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What is Gestational Diabetes?

Learn when and how gestational diabetes may affect your pregnancy.

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How to Treat Gestational Diabetes

Because gestational diabetes can hurt you and your baby, you need to start treatment quickly.

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Pregnancy

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes before getting pregnant, you can have a relatively normal pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby.

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  • Women

    Diabetes can be especially hard on women. The burden of diabetes on women is unique because the disease can affect both mothers and their unborn children.

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