If I've Been Diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, What Do I Need to Know?

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Pregnancy is special, pregnancy puts you at higher risk for developing insulin resistance, that's because of OB hormones that are flopping around that make you more resistant to the effects of your insulin. You start making more insulin but you need to keep up with the demand, and so it's not that unusual that women especially later on in their pregnancy get diagnosed with what is called gestational diabetes.

Certain ethnicities once again are a greater risk such as Hispanics, work with your care provider, either your gynecologist or endocrinologist with diets and possibly with medication, could often just to diet to control your blood sugar, so that the baby comes out fine. There's a risk that the baby becomes too big, during the pregnancy and then that gives all kinds of problems later on.

But the other important thing for you to know, if you do get diagnosed with gestational diabetes is that you've got a better than 50% risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next 10 years. You have to be on guard, your have to get yourself checked even if you're not feeling anything regularly to make sure that you do not develop diabetes.