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Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. High blood sugars are usually a result of the body not producing enough insulin and/or insulin resistance caused by hormones produced by the placenta. Gestational diabetes occurs in 4% of all pregnancies. Usually the mother's blood sugars return to normal after the baby is born, however, women with gestational diabetes are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Most women are screened for gestational diabetes at 24-28 weeks gestation. With a positive screen, ask your doctor to refer you to our team of certified diabetes educators and licensed registered dietitians. A personal consultation with our diabetes educators will help explain self-monitoring of blood sugars, exercise, medications, and help you develop a meal plan.


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