You've probably heard of diabetes, and think of it as a lifelong disease. There are several types of diabetes, and most types do last a lifetime. However, gestational diabetes:
Diabetes prevents your body from using food properly. During digestion, most foods are converted to a sugar called glucose. Glucose is your body's main source of energy. Your body's pancreas produces a hormone called insulin to convert the glucose to energy. When you have diabetes, your body has trouble producing enough insulin or using insulin, or both.
There are three main types of diabetes:
About 3 to 8 percent of pregnant women in America develop gestational diabetes. The risk is higher than average if you:
However, women sometimes develop gestational diabetes without being in any one of the risk groups. You did not cause this to happen to you and your baby - gestational diabetes often happens for reasons that can't be explained.
Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Gestational Diabetes: When You Have Diabetes During Pregnancy, third edition, ISBN 1-931876-21-6
Reviewed by Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts
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