These pointers on gestational diabetes will help you manage the condition and have a healthy pregnancy
By Dr Tan Shu Qi, Consultant and Associate Professor Tan Thiam Chye, Visiting Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital
The news that you have gestational diabetes may sound scary but while this pregnancy symptom poses some health risks, you can protect yourself and your baby from any complications with a few simple steps and an understanding of the condition.
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a type of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy. Owing to hormonal changes, your body may not produce enough insulin, the substance which regulates the sugar levels in your body. This results in sugar levels in your body increasing.
Here are five things you need to know about gestational diabetes:
In some cases, it may persist and treatment and long-term follow-up is needed. However, having GDM also means you have a higher risk of developing diabetes later in life.
Related: What to Expect After Delivery
You may be at risk if:
However, if GDM is not well-managed, your baby may be at risk from:
You will need to:
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Read these next:
The New Art and Science of Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008, World Scientific
Healthy Start for your Pregnancy 2012, Health Promotion Board Singapore
This article was last reviewed on
22 Nov 2023
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