Healthy Moments Episode

Tips for Women Who Have Had Gestational Diabetes

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Jun 21, 2010 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers explains that women with gestational diabetes are at risk for having diabetes during future pregnancies and later in life.


If you had gestational diabetes during pregnancy, did you know that you're at increased risk for developing diabetes in the future?

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Many women with gestational diabetes do not realize that they are at risk of having diabetes during future pregnancies or later in life.

Here are some tips if you've had gestational diabetes:

• Make sure your doctors know you had gestational diabetes.

• Get tested for diabetes 6 to 12 weeks after the baby is born, then at least every 3 years.

• Breastfeed your baby if possible. It benefits both mom and baby.

• And maintain a healthy weight by making healthy food choices and being physically active.

And for more information, visit our website,, or . This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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