Will my baby develop diabetes if I have gestational diabetes?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Gestational diabetes does not cause the infant to have diabetes. The child’s risk of developing diabetes is related to body weight, nutrition, exercise and family history. The presence of gestational diabetes is a positive family history, thus lifestyle behaviors are important to maintaining the child's health.

Gestational diabetes doesn't cause diabetes in babies. However, babies of mothers with gestational diabetes have a higher chance of being very overweight and getting diabetes when they reach their teen years or early adulthood.

Ms. Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Just because you have gestational diabetes does not mean that your baby will have diabetes. Especially if you have your gestational diabetes under good control with the help of your healthcare team--physician, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator.

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