If I had gestational diabetes will I get type 2 diabetes?

Yes, women with gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2-diabetes later in life. Maintaining a normal body weight, eating a nutritous diet and exercising may alter the risk. Women with a history of gestational diabetes should have their blood glucose monitored annually as part of their annual physical examination.
Not necessarily, but your risk does go up.

The fact that you had diabetes when you were pregnant means your pancreas has trouble keeping up with your insulin needs. About half of all women who have gestational diabetes will eventually develop type 2 diabetes. But there are things you can do to cut that risk. Studies show that if you change your lifestyle by eating more carefully, increasing your activity level, and losing weight, your risk of developing type 2 diabetes goes way down.

Changing your lifestyle is hard, but these changes are the same ones you should make if you get diabetes. Making those changes now could protect you from ever developing diabetes. Talk with your health care provider to learn more about your risk of getting diabetes and how to avoid it.

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Gestational Diabetes

When you develop diabetes, or high blood sugar, during pregnancy, it is known as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Some of the risk factors for developing GDM include being older than 25, a family history of diabetes, having al...

ready had a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds and being Hispanic or African-American. You may not have any symptoms, but if you do they might be blurred vision, fatigue, have frequent infections or increased thirst and urination. You may also have nausea and vomiting or unexplained weight loss. The goal of treatment is to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level and to make sure your fetus is healthy. See you doctor for regular prenatal visits during your pregnancy.

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