Gestational Diabetes: What Is It And How Can It Be Managed?

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that first occurs during pregnancy. Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes is a condition in which your body produces inadequate amounts of the hormone insulin to control your blood sugar levels. This leads to high blood sugar that can cause adverse impacts on the health of your baby. In Singapore, up to one in five women are at risk of developing gestational diabetes.

The good news, however, is that this condition usually goes away after you give birth. But screening for diabetes should still be done after delivery as up to 40% may go on to develop pre- diabetes within 5 years after delivery.

It’s important to keep your blood sugar levels under control during your pregnancy to keep your baby healthy and prevent a difficult delivery. If left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause serious complications, including miscarriages, preterm labor, birth injury to baby, and hypertension in the mommy.

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