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How Does Gestational Diabetes Affect Mother and Baby?


Dr. Rodgers explains that the mom and child affected by gestational diabetes will have a lifetime risk of developing type 2 diabetes and offers tips for preventing or delaying it.

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Gestational diabetes is diabetes that develops during pregnancy. If you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, here’s what that means for you and your baby.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Gestational diabetes can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure during pregnancy. It can also increase your chance of having a large baby, which can make delivery more difficult. Your baby could also be born early, which can cause breathing and other problems.

While gestational diabetes usually goes away after your baby is born, you have a lifetime risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Your child may also have a future risk for obesity and type 2.

Maintaining a healthy weight by eating healthy and staying active can help delay or prevent type 2 diabetes.

Follow us on Twitter @NIDDKGov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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