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- What is gestational diabetes?
- What causes gestational diabetes?
- What are risk factors for gestational diabetes?
- What are the symptoms of gestational diabetes?
- How is gestational diabetes diagnosed?
- What are the consequences of gestational diabetes for the baby and mother?
- What is the treatment for gestational diabetes?
- Is there a special diet for a woman with gestational diabetes?
- Can gestational diabetes be prevented?
- What is the outlook (prognosis) for gestational diabetes?
Can gestational diabetes be prevented?
Gestational diabetes cannot always be prevented; however, obesity is a prime determinant for developing the disease. Maintaining a healthy weight and following a good nutritional plan both before and during pregnancy can decrease your chances of developing gestational diabetes. Maintaining a healthy weight can also decrease your chances of developing type 2 diabetes following pregnancy.
What is the outlook (prognosis) for gestational diabetes?
Most women with gestational diabetes who receive treatment go on to deliver healthy babies. The risk of complications increases when blood glucose levels are not properly controlled. While some women with gestational diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes following delivery, this risk can be reduced by following a good nutritional plan, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Medically reviewed Wayne Blocker, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology
American Diabetes Association. "Gestational Diabetes."