Gestational diabetes is first diagnosed during pregnancy. Like type 1 and type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes causes blood sugar levels to become too high. When you eat, your digestive system breaks down most of the food into a sugar called glucose. Glucose enters your bloodstream so your cells can use it as fuel. But if your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or if the cells have a problem responding to it, too much glucose remains in your blood instead of moving into cells and getting converted to energy.
- Gestational diabetes can occur as frequently as 9.2% of pregnancies and even be higher among minority groups.
- It’s important to have regular visits to screen for gestational diabetes for the health of the mom and the baby.
- Good news is that gestational diabetes can be controlled through diet (eating healthy foods and avoiding certain foods) and exercise.
“The good news is that most women with gestational diabetes go on to have a successful pregnancy and to deliver a healthy baby. Remember if ever there is a time to be informed about and follow a healthy diet this is that time. The mother’s health and the baby’s normal development depend on it!”