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Is gestational diabetes serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

If left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause serious complications for you and your baby. If you develop gestational diabetes, it means that your blood glucose levels are too high. Elevated blood glucose levels during pregnancy can lead to high blood pressure, frequent urinary infections, and preeclampsia, which can even be fatal for you and your baby. If you consistently manage your glucose levels, however, you should be able to prevent many complications related to gestational diabetes.

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