Gestational diabetes

If your blood sugar level first becomes too high when you are pregnant, you have gestational diabetes. It usually goes away after the baby is born.

High blood sugar can cause problems for you and your baby. Your baby may grow too large, which can cause problems during delivery. Your baby may also be born with low blood sugar. But with treatment, most women with gestational diabetes are able to control their blood sugar and give birth to healthy babies.

Women who have had gestational diabetes are more likely than other women to develop type 2 diabetes later on. You may be able to prevent type 2 diabetes or reduce its severity by staying at a healthy weight, eating healthy foods and increasing your physical activity.
Whether you have had diabetes for some time or are newly diagnosed, Providence Diabetes Education offers you and your family the knowledge and self-care skills necessary to live a healthy life. It’s our goal to help you live well and to keep you well informed.