How does it happen?
The body is unable to produce enough insulin for meeting the extra needs of a pregnant woman. This causes blood sugar levels to increase.
How does it affect your body?
Sugar accumulates in the blood instead of being used as energy.
How many pregnant women are affected?
Between 3% to 20% of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes.
Any women can develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, but you might be at increased risk because of the following reasons.1,2
You are very overweight
Your blood sugar level is slightly high
You had a baby weighing 4.5 kgs or more at birth
You have a close family member who has type 2 diabetes
You had gestational diabetes during previous pregnancy
You are older than 25 years of age
*This is for patient education purposes only. Please consult your doctor/healthcare practitioner before starting any diet, medication or exercise.
1. National Health Service. Gestational diabetes. Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gestational-diabetes/. Last reviewed: 5/8/2016. As accessed on: 20/6/2018.
2. Mayoclinic. Gestational diabetes. Available from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gestational-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20355339. Last reviewed: 28/4/2017. As accessed on: 20/6/2018.