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Gestational Diabetes: What You Should Know

Gestational diabetes is one of the most common health problems for pregnant women. It affects about 5 percent of all pregnancies, which means there are about 200,000 cases each year in the U.S.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that only pregnant women get. In fact, the word gestational means “during pregnancy.” If a woman gets diabetes or high blood sugar when she is pregnant, but she never had it before, then she has gestational diabetes. Its medical name is gestational diabetes mellitus.

If not treated, gestational diabetes can cause health problems for mother and fetus. The good news is that gestational diabetes can be treated, especially if it’s found early in the pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about routine testing for gestational diabetes as part of your prenatal care.

Source: Vanderbilt University