All expectant mothers* are strongly recommended to go for GDM screening. Compared to Western women, a higher proportion of Asian women develop GDM. As GDM often has no symptoms, it is difficult for one to tell whether an expectant mother has GDM, it is therefore recommended to go for screening. With early detection, you will get treatment earlier, reducing pregnancy complications and other health risks for both the mother and the baby.
* Excludes expectant mothers already known to have diabetes mellitus. If you have a history of pre-diabetes, your doctor may choose to do an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) earlier in pregnancy or get you started you on self-blood glucose monitoring without an OGTT.